WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Lions Club welcomed 75 guests to its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 30. Despite the torrential downpour, guests enjoyed an evening  full of food, raffles, and music in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School. Proceeds of the evening will provide Mac books for blind students throughout New Jersey. 

The Lions Club is a community service organization that helps individuals with blindness by providing support, education, and services. Jane Doe is a member of both the Lions Club and its sister organization Echo, and has been blind since she was 35 years old. She began to lose vision at 17 followed by a loss of night vision at 21.  Jane's blindness was caused by an eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa.

“We are regular people who can’t see. It’s just a characteristic; it doesn’t define us,” Doe told the Alternative Press.

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Jane Degenshein is President of the Senior and Technology division of the National Federation of the Blind, which inspire others to not let blindness hold them back.  Echo, which began in West Orange in 2007 and currently has 40 members, has attended the annual event for the past three years in appreciation of the support of the Lions Club.

Following dinner, attendees enjoyed a dessert buffet table, live entertainment with a guitar and singing, and dancing. The club presented Interim Superintendent of Schools Jim O'Neill with a $1,000 dollar check for Project Graduation, and raffle prizes were awarded.