Standing as a beacon of hope for the visually impaired since 1915, Lighthouse for the Blind held its third annual benefit this year on Thursday, March 12. From 6:30 until 9 p.m, more than 140 avid supporters enjoyed sumptuous offerings and elegant surroundings at Arnaud’s Restaurant, where dinner was just the beginning of a fabulous evening. Patrons listened to the sounds of the Jazz Trio Band, and later enjoyed a raffle featured diamond hoop earrings from Friend & Company as well as a Marcus Colston-autographed football. People clamored over the high-end offerings of the night’s silent auction, including a Mignon Faget Fleur de Lis heart pendant, vintage Murano glass lamps from Lum Vintage Lighting and Accessories, a spa package from Earthsavers, and Dinner in the Dark, a unique dining experience for eight, with dishes prepared by a local chef. In attendance were the Casbarian family of Arnaud’s Restaurant, Glenn Vesh of Perfect Presentations, Lighthouse President Bill Price and Board Chair Dr. Charles Glaser. Also in attendance were the benefit’s committee chairs, including Mathilde Currence, Kathleen Rumsey and Julie Henault. Nearly $43,000 was raised for the organization, which provides the blind and visually impaired with job training, competitive employment and various services and programs.