Shot in the Dark: Event to Raise Awareness about the Capabilities of People with Vision Loss

On Wednesday, May 17th Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) will host its 5th annual Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. The event features an 18-hole golf classic, introduced by Eileen Whelan, ABC 7/News Channel 8, Meteorologist/ Feature Reporter, followed by a clinic, awards dinner, and auctions.

The mission of Shot in the Dark Golf and Dinner Classic is to further the reach of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind by demonstrating that people with vision loss can overcome obstacles to achieve new heights. Anthony Cancelosi, President and CEO of CLB said, “We are excited to host such a unique event that both highlights the abilities of people with disabilities and raises funds to support our programs. This year is extra special as it is the CLB anniversary of 117 years of service to the community”

Following the golf classic, golfers who are blind or visually impaired will take part in a golf clinic hosted by nationally renowned blind golfing champions, Phil Blackwell, Mark Arnold and Bruce Hooper. The clinic will cover different techniques and fundamentals like putting and chipping. Later in the evening, Phil, Mark and Bruce will showcase their skills in a longest drive contest.

New this year, guests will enjoy an awards dinner to honor Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Special Assistant Chuck Short. “It is a pleasure for me to support the critically important work done by the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind,” said County Executive Ike Leggett The ‘Shot in the Dark!’ is always a great event for a great cause.” This year’s event is made possible in large part by sponsors General Dynamics Information Technology’s (GDIT) and Capital Bank. GDIT’s Ray Whitehead and Capital Bank’s Anthony Pica are the event’s co-chairs.

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

To register for the event, visit

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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