“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

MindsEye’s 16th Annual Soirée pour la Vue

The Palladium Saint Louis dazzled in Mardi Gras flair on February 22, 2019. The Original Knights of Swing Big Band enchanted ears and Butler’s Pantry tantalized taste buds, as the crowd of over 200 gathered to Laissez les bons temps rouler and celebrate MindsEye's mission to translate vision into audio for those in our area who are blind and visually impaired. It was a delightful night of celebration. We honoured 
former MindsEye Board Chair Lori Winter and Ed Brown of Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law with the Father Wittenbrink, OMI Visionary Award. The auction items were thrilling, and the friendship and laughter of supporters and volunteers made the evening a true joy.

Guests got to meet Lacey, one of MindsEye's avid young audio description patrons, and her mother Amanda. Lacey was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity. As she grew up, she developed a passion for theatre and music. Connecting with MindsEye’s Audio Description program enriched her involvement in the arts and theatre. Lacey has not only been able to deepen her enjoyment of the many theatrical productions she has attended, she has developed fond relationships with the audio describers, as well. Amanda's message to everyone gathered at the event: “I can’t thank MindsEye and their volunteers enough for their dedication to audio description for the blind; with it Lacey is able to experience her love of theatre in a way we never thought possible.”

Together, we raised $97,000 to make sure patrons like Lacey can fully enjoy the theatrical magic on stage though MindsEye's Audio Description. 

Because of the funds raised that night, MindsEye will provide over 130 hours of readings from magazines and newspapers every week this year to over 13,000 people in our community. Volunteers from MindsEye will describe the action on the stage of the Rep, the Muny, Stifel Theatre and more. And Beepball demonstrations inside schools and institutions in the St. Louis region will help educate people about blindness and inclusivity. There is so much to look forward to this coming year.

Mark your calendars for next year and save the date for Friday, February 7, 2020, for our 17th Annual Soirée!