DeafBlind Ontario Services invites you to ‘savour’ your senses for a good cause, Sept. 28

RUSSELL — Challenge your perceptions of the artistic process at DeafBlind Ontario Services’ inaugural fundraising event, Savour the Senses, on September 28.

Hosted at Russell High School, guests will first engage in a wine tasting while blindfolded, guided by Sommelier Noreen Hyatt-Gervais, owner of Stone Crop Acres Vineyard in Morrisburg. By sipping and savouring wines from Eastern Ontario Vineyards while blindfolded, guests will better experience their other senses during the tasting process.

To further satisfy the sense of taste, a delicious dessert paired with a whiskey tasting will complement a gourmet dinner. King’s Lock Distillery owner, Laura Bradley, will lead guests through this tasting of their 3-time award winning Canada’s Whiskeyjack Rye.

Later in the evening, guests will take part in a deafblind simulation art exercise, using an eye mask and earplugs, that will challenge their senses and unleash their creativity.

“Whether you’re a wine or whiskey connoisseur or you’re looking for an evening out, you are invited to an event that will make a difference for people with deafblindness, while enjoying a unique, sensory experience”, says Susan Manahan, Director of Development and Communications at DeafBlind Ontario Services.

Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. About one percent of Canada’s population or approximately 368,400 people are deafblind. In Ontario, an estimated 147,736 individuals are deafblind.

Hosted by wine and whiskey sommeliers and a sensory art professional, guests will learn from experts in the field and create their own work of art while under simulation. Silent and live auctions, raffle, and wine wall round out this memorable evening.

Savour the Senses, presented by the Lions Club of Russell, raises funds to support specialized services for individuals with deafblindness. DeafBlind Ontario Services provides accessible residential and customized support services across the province, including in Ottawa, Embrun, and coming soon, a new location in Vars. Their holistic approach to Intervenor Services empowers people with deafblindness to achieve their goals and dreams.

Tickets are selling fast! For more information and tickets, please visit or call 1-855-340-3267 ext. 289.

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