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Thank You for Marching: A Recap of our Grand Opening Day

Thank You for Marching: A Recap of our Grand Opening Day

Last Friday LightHouse brought together as many as 1,000 blind marchers and their colleagues, friends and extended families. As we paraded down Market Street, holding banners, dancing, shouting —led by the ever-festive Extra Action Marching Band – each of us felt an immense sense of pride and privilege to be part of this vibrant, strong and diverse blindness community. We walked side by side with friends from organizations far and wide, such as Guide Dogs, California School for the Blind, the Hatlen Center, the Earle Baum Center, the World Institute on Disability, the Paul K. Longmore Institute university professors, blindness educators, along with attorneys, political figures, entrepreneurs, technologists and the many other community leaders who turned out for this unforgettable event.

A woman cheers in front of a LightHouse banner
photos by Chelsea Dier

At the end of the parade, it couldn’t have felt more right to finally cut the ribbon and pour into LightHouse’s new headquarters, filling each room with activity. Guests explored our student residences, experimented with Arduino and soldering in the STEM lab, passed in and out of our many communal spaces and, most of all, enjoyed each other’s company and excitement.

What kicked it all off, though, was the speeches on the steps of City Hall; which we are proud to be able to present to you in full on the above video. In addition to these few moments from social media and our photographers on the ground, we will continue to share the memorable sights and sounds throughout the week.

We’ve already seen a tremendous response on social media, but we’d like to continue to hear about your favorite memories from the event. Send your observations, photos, sounds and videos from Friday’s celebration to us on Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox or email.


Blind and Proud: March With Us on June 10th

Grand Opening Logo

Whether you’re a student, supporter, or just curious to see hundreds of blind people shutting down the streets, this is an occasion not to be missed: Meet us on the east steps (Polk Street side) of City Hall at 11 a.m. on June 10th and join in this historic San Francisco event.

Our June 10th Grand Opening Celebration will be a civic event, starting with VIP speakers on the steps of City Hall, followed by a “Blind & Proud” Parade with fanfare down Van Ness and Market Street to our new headquarters at 1155 Market. There we will have a ribbon cutting and an open house reception, showcasing our new facilities with interactive activities and demonstrations.

Please March With Us!

Our Grand Opening events will be a great San Francisco occasion with hundreds in attendance and thousands more to witness as the LightHouse expands our mission to give people who are blind or have low vision the tools and community they need to live their lives as they desire.

We would love for you to join us in our march from City Hall to the new LightHouse. Our “Blind & Proud” Parade will begin after our welcome on the steps of City Hall, and proceed down Van Ness and Market Streets, right in the heart of San Francisco. We would love our allies and supporters to bring a group and help us to create some fanfare as we make our way to our new home. We have a big marching band to lead the way and help tell our neighbors, loud and clear, that the blindness community has cause to celebrate.

To RSVP, please contact Andrea Ogarrio at aogarrio@lighthouse-sf.org or 415.694.7365. For more information about the days festivities, or to secure a spot in the parade for your group or organization, please email Grand Opening coordinator Megara Vogl at mvogl@lighthouse-sf.org.