Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark

Washington, DC – On Friday evening, July 11, 2014, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) will host its 2nd Annual Shot in the Dark Golf & Dinner Classic, a 9-hole golf classic in the dark, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD.  The mission of Shot in the Dark Golf & Dinner Classic is to further the reach of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind by educating the community  that people who are blind or visually impaired can overcome obstacles to achieve new heights. Tony Cancelosi, President and CEO of CLB said, “We are honored to continue this classic event and for the community at large to recognize that people with disabilities have many skills and can learn new skills such as golf.”

This year’s event is co-chaired by Tony Pica and Michael Haddad, both of Capital One Bank. “Capital One Bank is proud to once again partner with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind to support the Shot in the Dark golf classic,” said Pica. “I’m honored to co-chair the event and help rally support for these important programs serving the blind and visually impaired in our community.”  “At Capital One Bank, our support for Columbia Lighthouse and Shot in the Dark goes beyond sponsorship dollars,” said Haddad. “Our dedicated associates will also provide much-needed volunteer assistance, helping onsite at the event and working one-one-one with Columbia Lighthouse clients.”

Preceding the classic, novice golfers who are blind or visually impaired, will participate in a golf clinic hosted by nationally, renowned golfers who are blind such as Bruce Hooper and Phil Blackwell, National Champion of American Blind Golf.  During the clinic, participants will have opportunities to learn different techniques, basics, and fundamentals of golf.

Shot in the Dark’s evening course will be adorned with glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls.  Entertainment for the evening will be facilitated by celebrities, Steve Buckhantz, Washington Wizards TV Play-by-play Announcer and Andy Pollin, ESPN 980 SportsDirector.  Mario Bonds, an entertainer, chosen out of 55,000 as one of the final 14 selected for NBC Universal’s 2012 broadcast of the critically acclaimed “The Glee Project Season 2″ a singing, dancing and acting series on the Oxygen Network, and band will perform live.

To coordinate an interview or photo-op, please contact Jocelyn Hunter at or (202) 454-6422.

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About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB)

CLB serves people of all ages who are blind, low vision, or deaf-blind living in the Washington, D.C., region, by providing vision-health screenings, independent living skills training, support groups, retraining, and job counseling and placement.  Among the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, 17% of them have visual impairments.  CLB partners with government and private agencies to retrain and employ these wounded warriors.  Independence is our vision.  For more information, please visit our website