Light the Way – Walk for Independence

For Immediate Release                                  Contact: Jocelyn Hunter, (202) 454-6400 


Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Hosts

Light the Way – Walk for Independence on the National Mall

WHAT:            Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will host its 6th Annual Light the Way – Walk for Independence on Sunday, October 9th, 2016. This year’s event will occur on the National Mall!

The annual event benefits the programs and services CLB provides to people of all ages who are blind, low vision, and deaf-blind in the Washington, DC Region.

A Kids Zone will feature glitter tattoos and a Bubbleologist.

WHO:           Mike Jacoby, President of Broad Street Realty, is Chair of the Light the Way Committee. Jim Dinegar, President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade serves as Honorary Chair.

Eileen Whelan, ABC 7/News Channel 8, Meteorologist/ Feature Reporter, will MC the event. DC Councilmember-At-Large, David Grosso, will be a featured speaker.

Laurent Amzallag, featured in ELLE magazine and on Oprah’s “Live Your Life” tour, will lead the warm-up and closing dance exercise.

The roster of distinguished event sponsors includes Coca-Cola Company, The Retina Group of Washington, Washingtonian, ABC 7/News Channel 8, and more.

WHEN:            Sunday, October 9th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m.:        Check-in

10:00 a.m.:      Program to begin.

WHERE:         The National Mall

7th Street, SW and Jefferson Drive

Register online at:

Contact:          To coordinate interviews or photo/broadcast opportunities, contact

Jocelyn Hunter: 202-454-6422,

Light the Way Sponsors:

  • The Julius Fleishman Foundation
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Raffa
  • The Retina Group of Washington
  • HR Certification Institute
  • Womble Carlyle
  • Howard Insurance
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • UTZ Quality Foods, Inc.
  • Washingtonian
  • Entenmanns
  • ABC 7/News Channel 8
  • NIB

About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB)

Founded in 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is the only organization of its kind to provide life-changing skills and services to clients who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind members of the greater Washington region. Through vision-health screenings, a mobile eye care unit, independent living skills training, community support groups for youth and adults, career counseling and job placement, CLB enables clients to reclaim personal and professional independence by learning to navigate mobility and employment challenges that arise from vision loss. CLB manages 12 government contracts, employing blind members of greater D.C. and has served Washington DC’s blind and visually impaired community with life-changing resources for 115 years. For additional information, visit