NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting "Dining in the Dark" from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center to raise awareness about visual impairment.

The event is a sensory encounter designed to prompt blindfolded guests to use their senses beyond vision throughout a four-course meal. It also will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction. Every table will have an ambassador from the visual impairment program to assist guests.

"We are pleased to bring this event back for a second year where guests capture an unforgettable journey that will challenge their senses," said Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator.

Tickets are $50 per person and tables of eight also are available. The dinner's theme will be "Texas Fusion." Seating is limited, and tickets are available online at Event proceeds will benefit both programs as well as Camp Independence, a weeklong camp for children with visual impairments hosted at the university.

"This is a great hands-on opportunity for students, and we love the collaboration between departments," said Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences.

For more information, contact Lucas Fandry, marketing committee chair, at; or Causin at (936) 468-1411 or