MindsEye Drive-In Gala June 12th on the Sheldon Concert Hall Lot 

The event will raise over twenty percent of the nonprofit’s annual operating budget 

For the past 17 years, MindsEye held traditional Soiree fundraisers—even in 2020, just before the start of the pandemic. This year, however, MindsEye has embraced a new “Drive-In” event format. Guests will gather on the Sheldon Concert Hall parking lot, where they can remain in their cars or enjoy a private table in an adjoining space. A grouping of tables is available for guests with visual disabilities who will utilize ride services. 

The evening begins with signature cocktails, music provided by RailDurrty AKA DJ ASC, and fun photo ops with Marty McFly and his 1981 DeLorean. A silent auction of unique items will be open for perusal in the Sheldon gallery. The silent auction will also be accessible to non-attendees via the mobile bidding app Givi

A brief program will follow, featuring remarks by MindsEye clients Erika Wolf and Josh Sisson. Erika is a frequent Audio Description patron at many local theatrical and cultural venues. Josh often accompanies Erika to Audio Described events and is a member of MindsEye’s nationally competitive Beep Baseball team, the Gateway Archers.

The night culminates in a screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 with Audio Description, allowing sighted guests and those with visual disabilities alike to enjoy the movie’s visual elements. During the film, a multi-course gourmet “Drive-In” dinner will be served by La Chef Catering.

A few open spaces remain; reservations can be made until June 5th at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mindseye-drive-in/. Non-attendees may also register at that link for the complimentary “Silent Auction Only” package. 

Major event sponsors include Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis (Presenting,) Mark Slocomb, Ameren Illinois, Emerson (Platinum,) Donald Shaffner, Bill Jones / Jones Family Charitable Fund, Missouri Council for the Blind (Gold,) Commerce Bank, and Heffernan Insurance Brokers (Silver.) 

About MindsEye 

MindsEye strives to build a more inclusive community by translating vision into audio for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Since 1973 the Broadcast Information Program has provided listeners access to long-form journalism and local news and materials like grocery store ads, which allow people to stay informed and maintain independence. The Audio Description Program enables every person who attends a theatre production or museum exhibit the chance to enjoy a rewarding experience. The Beepball Program raises awareness and support for athletes who are blind or visually impaired. The Arts and Culture Accessibility Cooperative provides a forum for local cultural institutions to learn about and discuss accessibility. MindsEye is a United Way of Greater St. Louis Safety Net Member Agency. For more information, visit MindsEyeRadio.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @mindseyeradio. 

Media contact: 

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Laura Foughty

Development and Communications Coordinatorlfoughty@mindseyeradio.org618-394-6221

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