Annual Luncheon 2021

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Join us for a fun end-of-the-year celebration including our annual Axy Awards presentation to the most blind-friendly businesses in Lake and Sumter Counties. Help us celebrate these companies whose extraordinary customer service helps remove barriers to independence for people with vision loss in our community.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 11:30-1

Where: Venetian Center, 1 Drozier Plaza, Leesburg

Cost: $20 per person or $200 for a reserved, sponsored table of 8

Food: Yummy boxed lunch from Gourmet Today: turkey breast & aged cheddar cheese sandwich OR a veggie wrap, served with potato salad, chips, cookie, and a drink.

Buy your ticket/table by December 1.

Tickets will not be sold at the door!

Crazy Bingo Fundraiser

When: 3rd Wednesday monthly at noon (12-1 p.m.)

Where: via Conference Call (our system will call the number provided at registration)

Cost: $20 Donation to Play

Must use bingo cards specifically from this event, which will be mailed upon receipt of registration. No other bingo cards are eligible to win. Must register one week in advance to get a paper card; otherwise a digital card will be sent.

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Happy Birthday, New Vision!

New Vision for Independence incorporated on July 18, 2005. That means we are celebrating our Sweet 16 this month—16 years of service to Lake and Sumter counties. Happy Birthday, New Vision!

From humble beginnings with volunteers working out of their own laundry rooms to a full-service agency that grows and evolves daily to meet the needs of our community, it has been an honor to serve. Thank you for 16 amazing years!

But we’re keeping our heads turned to the future. The need has never been greater and there is so much more we can do to make our community more blind-friendly. Are you ready for what’s next?

Join in me in making a Sweet 16 gift to New Vision, both in honor of our past and a pledge for the future!

XO, Chantel Buck, President/CEO

Dining in the Dark 2021

Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark is back, in-person! Experience food, drink and conversation in a new way: in this unique dining experience, you will eat dinner in darkness. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, as part of a training exercise, will serve you wearing night vision goggles. The 11th annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser event for New Vision for Independence will showcase that blindness does not have to be a barrier to independence.

When: August 26, 2021, 6 p.m.

Where: Venetian Center, Leesburg

Cost: $700 for a private table of 8

Now Serving White Cane Coffee

White Cane Coffee logo

New Vision is your local stop for White Cane Coffee—the delicious, fair trade, organic coffee that is packaged by and supports people with disabilities.

White Cane Coffee was started by 22-year-old Erin who is blind and on the autism spectrum. She and her family started this company in Warren, PA not only to deliver excellent coffee but to provide jobs to people with disabilities at a living wage.

New Vision sells small bags and -cups from our office in Leesburg, but if you want bigger bags of delicious roasts/flavors we don’t have, please use our affiliate link to purchase from White Cane Coffee directly!

Price @ New Vision:

  • 1oz. bags  $2.50 or 5 for $10
  • 16oz. bags $16
  • K-cups *clearance at New Vision* $3/box

Where to Buy:

  • 1 oz. bags and some 16 oz. bags: New Vision’s office (email Lisa to order:
  • For larger bags, whole-beans, cold brew, k-cups: online at (we are an affiliate)

New Vision Face Masks

two people wear the New Vision masks

Our New Vision face masks are in! These multi-layer cloth face masks are adjustable and as comfortable as they are cute. Buy yours today: $6 for one, or 2 for $10 (plus shipping).They are black with the word “love” in white braille characters atop red print, with New Vision’s logo. They were made by Louisiana Association for the Blind: together we’re creating opportunities for people with low vision or blindness. Order Now

Low Vision Awareness Virtual Fit-Raiser

Low Vision Awareness Virtual Fit-Raiser February 2021

Join us to celebrate Low Vision Awareness Month throughout February! Sign up for our month-long fitness-fundraiser (or “fit-raser”) to:

  • To re-enforce your 2021 health goals,
  • Raise awareness about low vision, and
  • Support New Vision’s programs.

When you register, you will set a goal for how many miles you plan to log in February. We’ll provide a log for you to fill in as you go. Turn it in by 3/1/20, and we’ll send you a gift card to your choice of one of our community’s Axy Award-winning blind-friendly businesses.