In tandem with Department of Health’s (DOH) “Sight Saving Month” campaign, premier eyewear boutique Eye Society re-staged its second annual Dinner in the Dark, an exclusive, by-invitation only event found in major cosmopolitan cities. The 2017 version of last year’s success was mae possible in collaboration with 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Forés, SM Aura Premier’s Samsung Hall for its official venue and Möet & Chandon as its official wine partner.
Names, personalities, celebrities, media guests and friends of Eye Society such as Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan, Miss Universe 2016 Maxine Medina, Brent Javier, Jesse and Jessica Maxwell, Rick and Juana Yupangco, GP and Andi Reyes, James and Rica de Jesus, Francis and Erica Reyes, Noel de la Rama, Candy Dizon, Inga Cabangon Chua, Thomas Wodyek, Aziza Mondoñedo, Allana Montelibano, Michelle Pamintuan, Jessica Tan-Gan, Miguel Pastelero, Marco Lobregat, Rima Otswani-Najjar, Chinky Apostol-Goco, Ferdi Salvador, and many others arrived at the SM Aura Premier, Samsung Hall, excitedly awaited what their favorite eyewear botique had in store for them.
Cocktails opened with free-flowing Moët & Chandon’s Brut Imperial champagne and non-alcoholic gumamela hibiscus tea paired with pass-around hors d’oeuvres of cherry tomato cups of salted egg spuma and parma ham crisps and potato crisps with chive mousse, salmon roe and lumpfish caviar.
The gates finally opened after cocktails as guests were ushered into Samsung Hall where they were seated at long dinner tables decorated by Fiori d M and lit by candlelight. Guests were showcased about the importance of sight followed by a stirring performance by the School of the Blind.
Eye Society, Inc. president George Mirani officially opened the event and introduced 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Forés, who gave a most heartfelt speech, upon finding our her father Dr. Raul Fores, was the first donor for Eye Bank Foundation, Eye Society’s chosen beneficiary. Before dinner commenced Eye Society, Inc. AVP Neelam Gopwani discussed the importance of eye health, especially in this digital age, and a short video of Tokai’s Lutina lenses played on the screen.
To further elate the experience on the importance of taking care of our eyes, guests were directed to place their blindfolds and were guided by “darkness experts” to navigate through the four-course meal that exploited the lack of sight in emphasizing on texture, temperature, and flavor combinations made possible using premium local ingredients.
Two optical frames from Bvlgari’s Le Gemme collection, exclusive to Eye Society, were auctioned off for P15,000 and P110,000 each, respectively. The proceeds of this auction will benefit Eye Bank Foundation Philippines. Dr Leo Cubillan of St. Luke’s Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, for the benefit of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines, then came onstage to offer her closing remarks followed by Neelam Gopwani who thanked all the guests for attending this year’s event.
Eye Society’s Dinner in the Dark highlights the fight against blindness. Eating blindfolded lets those with sight experience, even for a brief moment, sensitivity and awareness to the plight of the sight-impaired. By “losing” their sights, guests learned the value of having one to easily do casual daily activities.
The event closed with this message: “We can fight blindness by following these three basic eye care steps: detection, prevention, and solution.”
Interested parties who want to attend the second annual Dinner in the Dark may get two tickets by purchasing a P10,000 minimum in a single receipt transaction at any Eye Society boutique nationwide from August 1 to September 30, 2017.
For more information about Eye Society’s Dinner in the Dark: Year 2, contact Mikko Araneta email email@example.com; or Redjine Boller at mobile 0917.531.8619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eye Society currently has eight locations nationwide and continues to grow. For more information, visit eyesociety.com.ph and on Facebook and Instagram, @eyesocietyph.