2019 Lighting the Way Gala

2019 Lighting the Way Gala

About This Event

The 2nd annual Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind “Lighting the Way” Gala will be held at 6:00 p.m. on October 29th, 2019 at the Embassy of France in Washington, DC. The evening will include a cocktail reception, a gourmet French dinner, an exciting program and live entertainment. Also, the gala will honor our community and extraordinary individuals who have overcome their vision loss.

Our keynote speaker will be Christopher Downey, a San Francisco-based architect who suddenly went blind, yet learned how to improve and contribute to his field with a unique perspective, despite his visual impairment. Internationally recognized for his work as an architect as well as a speaker, Chris was recently featured in 60 Minutes and has provided inspiring and comedic TED talks. There will also be a live performance by José André Montaño, a 13-year-old pianist and composer who is blind and has performed worldwide including at the Kennedy Center.

There are a few ways you or your organization can be a part of this powerful event and help support CLB:

• Become a sponsor
• Join the Host Committee
• Purchase individual tickets or a table
• Place an ad in our program book
• Donate

The Embassy of France has limited capacity so we suggest you purchase your sponsorship or ticket early.

Questions? Please contact Anna at aquint@clb.org or 202-454-6409.

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 4101 Reservoir Road Northwest
  • Washington, District Of Columbia 20007
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Oct 29, 2019 06:00 pm to
  • Oct 29, 2019 09:00 pm
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Event to Support Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) is an engaged, community leader in the Washington metropolitan area serving people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. Clients of CLB receive service, training and employment resources that support the whole person, at every level of independence and stage of life. Through vision screenings, a mobile eye care unit, independent living skills training, support groups for youth and adults, career counseling and job placement, CLB enables clients to reclaim personal and professional independence by learning to advocate for themselves and address the challenges that arise from vision loss. CLB is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to CLB are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. CLB's tax identification number is 530196609. 

Chris Downey will provide the keynote address at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind 2nd annual “Lighting the Way” Gala which will be held on October 29, 2019 at the French Embassy. We will also honor him with the Lamplighter Award. CLB presents this annual award to an individual who has achieved a high level of professional success, in turn inspiring others who have experienced vision loss to commit to the same work ethic and to discover their newfound ability.

Watch Chris Downey on '60 Minutes'