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MAD Lab Event Sponsorship Opportunities

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Sponsorship Opportunities

$1,000 SILVER Sponsorship Level

  1. Company/donor name listed in event program.
  2. Sponsorship acknowledgment from podium by Master of Ceremonies.
  3. Social media thank you message recognizing sponsor posted by LightHouse.
  4. Sponsor 5 free TMAP tactile street maps (retail $26.25 each) for individuals who order through LightHouse’s Adaptations Store.
  5. One (1) TMAP T-shirt.

$2,500 GOLD Sponsorship Level

Includes SILVER Sponsorship Level, and:

  1. Company/donor name in LightHouse e-newsletter.
  2. Receive an individualized UV-printed tactile street map (by TMAP).
  3. Two (2) TMAP T-shirts.

$5,000 PLATINUM Sponsorship Level

Includes GOLD Sponsorship Level, and:

  1. Choose one:
    • Complimentary ticket for a MAD Lab map-making workshop hosted by the MAD Lab team and Josh Miele.
    • Company banner displayed at event (sponsor provides banner) or sponsor booth consisting of one six-foot long table and 2 chairs.
    • Receive a 1-page custom tactile map of a school or park of your choice (restrictions apply).
  2. Three (3) TMAP T-shirts.

$10,000 TACTILE TITAN Sponsorship Level

Includes PLATINUM Sponsorship Level, and:

  1. Dessert and cocktails (summer 2024) with Dr. Joshua Miele, 4 guests.
  2. MAD Lab experience (2024): lunch with MAD Lab team, custom tactile maps.
  3. Four (4) TMAP T-shirts.

Should you have any queries or require further details, please feel free to reach out to Karen Thompson, Senior Director of Individual and Institutional Giving, at KThompson@lighthouse-sf.org or (415) 694-7695. 

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Did Chris Downey make it across the English Channel?

Did Chris Downey make it across the English Channel?

Last Saturday, April 17, LightHouse held its annual Cycle for Sight fundraiser for Enchanted Hills Camp (EHC). After cancelling Cycle for Sight in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were thrilled to bring the event back, this year in a virtual format.

Participants first gathered Saturday morning on Zoom for an opening ceremony, before getting down to business and exercising for at least 90 minutes, by hiking, running, swimming, and yes cycling, before gathering for an afterparty in the afternoon.

Two weeks ago we brought to you the story of Chris Downey, renowned architect who is blind and the immediate past LightHouse Board President and current board member. Chris has taken part in Cycle for Sight for the past ten years. This year, with the event’s virtual format, Chris used his garage rowing machine, along with some high-tech gadgets, to row across the English Channel a distance of 33.8 kilometers.

So how did it go? HE DID IT!!
Chris says:

“It was a fun experience and I’m thrilled it paid off with this level of support to the LightHouse and Enchanted Hills Camp. the (virtual) water was splendid as was the weather. The row was intense  – especially the extra 15K  beyond my weekly Saturday row. All went according to plan and I was able to knock it out without injury or total exhaustion. That said, there was nothing left in the tank had there been any challenge to row back to the other side! I could sense a little protest from my body when resuming my regular workout routine this morning – no pain, just lethargy!”

Oh and what’s more? Chris raised $15,500 for EHC.

Thank you, Chris!

Local running Club’s “White Dress Run” supports Enchanted Hills Camp

Local running Club’s “White Dress Run” supports Enchanted Hills Camp

On February 24, East Bay Hash House Harriers, a Bay Area Running Club, held an Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser in honor of Christie Ivanstrom, a member who is blind. The run was a farewell, as Christie and her husband Tim are moving out of the Bay Area. To mark the occasion, they held a “White Dress Run” that raised $1,290 for the remarkable programs of EHC. In accordance with local ordinance the event was held socially distanced, with staggered start times and masked, of course.

Would you like to hold a fundraiser to support the LightHouse or Enchanted Hills Camp? To start planning with us complete the “Host a LightHouse Fundraising Event” form to start the planning.

If you have questions about fundraising for LightHouse, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Director of Development at jsachs@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7333.

During the month of November – enjoy a very special blind wine tasting at One Market

During the month of November – enjoy a very special blind wine tasting at One Market

Attention lovers of good wine and food. Throughout November, the celebrated San Francisco destination restaurant One Market is fundraising for LightHouse. For only $15.00 you can enjoy a blind wine tasting of three terrific wines, with all proceeds to benefit LightHouse for the Blind.

When: Throughout the month of November, 2019.
Where: One Market Restaurant, 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 415.777.5577, onemarket.com.
Just let your server know you are interested in the Wine Tasting benefiting LightHouse for the Blind.

Image: Wine being poured into a wine glass, with the words: "Throughout November, blind tasting, 3 great wines only $15. All proceeds benefit LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, 415.777.5577, onemarket.com. Top 10 American Restaurants in the U.S. --Gayot Guide."

Created by Chef Bradley Ogden and restaurateur, and Managing Partner, Michael Dellar in 1993, One Market Restaurant has become a standard for sophisticated dining in San Francisco. For the past 14 years One Market has offered the award-winning farm-to-table cuisine of Chef/Partner Mark Dommen. One Market also boasts one of the city’s most impressive wine lists curated by Sommelier and Wine Director Tonya Pitts.

You’re invited to an Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser Trunk Show at the New LightHouse Building

You’re invited to an Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser Trunk Show at the New LightHouse Building

Shop for a Cause: The Stella & Dot Fundraiser is a Fun Way to Support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind
Join LightHouse Board Member Gena Harper at a Stella & Dot fundraiser at the new Lighthouse Building. Proceeds will go towards the transformative programs of Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind.

Gena says, “As a Stella & Dot stylist I’m offering personalized shopping assistance for accessorizing stylishly. Come get fashionable for the holidays, update your fall wardrobe, or get help with gift giving ideas. Proceeds from the sales will go to Enchanted Hills Camp. We plan to have some fun while we help you get chic for the season!”

Enchanted Hills Camp Fundraiser Trunk Show
Hosted by: Gena Harper and Bindhi Millar
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The LightHouse Building, 1155 Market Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco 94103
Refreshments will be served
Find great holiday presents for your family, friends and yourself.
Win a pair of Aftershocz headphones and other prizes in a raffle

Click here to RSVP.

You don’t have to be present to take part.  Purchase Stella and Dot jewelry and other most popular rings between now and November 15th and proceeds will benefit Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Start shopping here.

It’s Easy to Support the LightHouse through Amazon Smile

It’s Easy to Support the LightHouse through Amazon Smile

SMILE! Do You Ever Order from Amazon? You Can Support the LightHouse While You Shop.

Did you know that Amazon donates 5% of the price of eligible items to the non-profit of your choice if you shop through their special donation portal at smile.amazon.com? Imagine making charitable donations to support the vital work of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired every time you shop. Sign up now before the holiday season has you too busy ordering gifts for your loved ones.

To enroll in the program go to https://smile.amazon.com/. The enrollment process couldn’t be easier and takes less than five minutes. LightHouse appreciates your support of our programs through all channels, including shopping!

Enchanted Hills Receives $30,000 Through Cycle for Sight

Enchanted Hills Receives $30,000 Through Cycle for Sight

PHOTO: Cycle for Sight cyclists ride in line down a country road in Napa.

Enchanted Hills Camp will again reap the benefits of funding made possible through Rotary Club of Napa’s Cycle for Sight 2016 Bike Ride. We’re deeply grateful to the Rotary Club of Napa for their award of $30,000, our share of the proceeds raised by the thousands of cyclists who participated in this year’s event.

Lindy Birkholz, Jada Thomas

PHOTO: Lindy Birkholz (left) and Jada Thomas, who rode tandem for Team LightHouse this year.

Mark Smethers

PHOTO: Team LightHouse’s Mark Smethers raises his arm in triumph as he crosses the finish line.

We also want to thank our wonderful individual fundraisers for bringing in an additional $3,800 in donations. Very special thanks go to Margie Donovan, Olivia Merz, Jacob Obeso, Mandy and Maycie Vorreiter.

Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher said, “Organizing Cycle for Sight is a year-round endeavor for Napa Rotary. I cannot thank them enough. Their commitment and continuous support of Enchanted Hills Camp is truly humbling.”

Save the Date! Cycle for Sight 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. We’d love to see you there.

Join the Most Spirited and Beautiful Bike Ride this Spring

Part of last year’s Team LightHouse, in black or neon-green team t-shirts, pose after the ride.Last Chance to Sign Up for Cycle for Sight, our annual cycling fundraiser to support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

Ride with Us: Join Team LightHouse

Ride solo or on a tandem.  Ride 15, 25, or 50 miles.  Ride as a beginner or a pro! All are welcome to join Team LightHouse for a fun day of cycling and fundraising. Together we will support the programs of Enchanted Hills Camp.

What: Enjoy the beauty of Napa and the challenge of a 15, 25 or 50 mile bike ride with 2,000 other cyclists. Then finish up with great music, wine, food and partying.

When: Saturday, April 16

Where: The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street, Napa, CA 94558, where the Wine and Music Festival will be in full swing! During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to the sounds of “Pride and Joy”.

How: Go to www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and to register. Be sure to write in “Team LightHouse” when you sign up.

Ride for Us: Raise Funds for Camp
By asking friends, neighbors, coworkers and family to support their ride, team members have been raising vital funds for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Members who raise $300 or more receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills including meals. There’s also a prize for the person who raises the most contributions. Here is a letter for you to personalize and begin fundraising for Enchanted Hills Camp now.  Check in with us at the LightHouse booth for your team t-shirt, raffle tickets and good cheer!

Can’t Ride with Us? You can still Support the Team
Show your support to an individual rider or the whole Team. Go to www.lighthouse-sf.org/donate and choose Cycle for Sight as your designation. Thank you for supporting Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind.

Tickets Going Fast for the VIBES2: Just for Fun! Fundraiser to Support LightHouse Music Academy

Armando's logoEnjoy good food, live music and entertainment by blind performers, plus a fabulous raffle and auction at Joyce Cid’s VIBES2: Just for Fun! Event. (VIBES stands for Visually Impaired and Blind Entertainment Sunday.)

When: Sunday, April 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez CA 94553, (925) 228-6985

Come hungry – Roxx on Main will be providing food for purchase.

All proceeds to benefit Music Academy at Enchanted Hills Camp. Purchase tickets to VIBES.

To donate raffle and auction items, contact Joyce Cid at (925) 372-7632 or Tosha Davis at (925) 818-1687. To learn more about the event, please contact Megara Vogl at (415) 694-7335 or mvogl@lighthouse-sf.org.

About Music Academy
Music Academy at Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind is a 10-day summer workshop for serious blind musicians to take their music to the next level, meet other blind musicians, learn to read, write and record music accessibly, and how to be a success in the field of music.

Read more about Music Academy.

Music Academy draws young motivated blind and musicians with low vision from around the nation. Donate to support Music Academy.

Joyce Cid

Contribute to LightHouse’s Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse

Program and Naming Opportunities at the New LightHouse

Many of you know that the LightHouse is undergoing a campaign to move our San Francisco headquarters to a new Mid-Market location with a larger footprint for expanded programs and located a few feet from the Civic Center BART/Muni station for the best accessibility.

The new building and its design process is the focus of this month’s San Francisco Magazine, in an in-depth and fascinating discussion of how we’ve designed and built the perfect headquarters for our next century.

Why are we building a new LightHouse? Newly-blind neighbors and experienced blind residents will welcome what will surely be the most advanced blindness center in the West. Under one roof we’ll gather advanced tools, build respectful and private spaces for learning, conversation and mentorship, and crown the effort with the capacity to host students, family members and researchers for overnight stays when an immersive and intensive learning experience is optimal.

Twenty people become blind each week in the Greater Bay Area. Each year, a thousand Bay Area neighbors enter their blindness journey tentative, afraid and with a deep need to learn techniques and gain the self-confidence to live life to the fullest. This is our mission; and with your support, we will build a new headquarters to serve blind kids, teens, adults and seniors for the next century of innovative practices impacting the blind community globally.

Contributions to the Campaign for a 21st Century LightHouse will provide tangible benefits for the blind kids to seniors that benefit from the joy and learning of the LightHouse for the next century. To learn more about the campaign, for naming opportunities or how a deferred gift can be used to leave an enduring legacy in you or a loved one’s honor, contact 415-694-7333 or jsachs@lighthouse-sf.org.