A night of indulgence, for a cause

By Bradford Times Staff

Every year, the Indulge Your Senses gala raises funds for DeafBlind Ontario Services – and awareness of the challenges, barriers and the victories experienced by the DeafBlind.

The women-only event not only provides activities that stimulate the senses, from a three-course gourmet dinner served up at The Club at Bond Head, to a wine-tasting, spa services and pampering, it also challenges the women to don “sleep masks” and eat their dinner blindfolded — relying on touch, taste and smell.

It’s tougher than it looks. Most give up long before the main course is half-eaten.

Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps those who are deafblind increase their independence and improve their quality of life, through specialized services that include the assistance of highly-trained intervenors who help the DeafBlind interact with their environment, through touch.

DeafBlind Ontario Services operate residential locations and community programs across Ontario – including Simcoe County and York Region.

The 12th annual Indulge Your Senses fundraiser, presented by Meridian, included live and silent auctions, a raffle, beauty product swag bags, and an escort provided by firefighters from both Innisfil Fire & Rescue and BWG Fire & Emergency Services. And this year, the event completely sold out.

“This raises a lot of money for us,” said Sue Gaudet, finance and communications for DeafBlind Ontario Services. “We have a great committee, great volunteers. It takes a whole bunch of people to have a successful event like this.”

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