Dine in the Dark


Whether from personal experience, a family member, friend, or acquaintance, practically everyone is touched by the reality of blindness or low vision. Realizing the ongoing need for blind and low vision awareness within our community, the Vision Resource Center of Berks County, along with the Kutztown University Teachers of the Visually Impaired, hosted Dine in the Dark on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the Berkshire Country Club. The positive community support of this evening’s event allowed the Vision Resource Center of Berks County and the Kutztown University Visual Impairment Program the continued opportunity to help blind and visually impaired children and adults in our community.

If you would like more information about future Dine in the Dark events, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lori Schermerhorn: 610-375-8407 ext. 112 (lschermerhorn@vrcberks.org) or Bill Sutton: 610-375-8407 ext. 117 (bsutton@vrcberks.org).

Your continued support allows the Vision Resource Center of Berks County and the Kutztown University Visual Impairment Program the ongoing opportunity to help blind and visually impaired children and adults in our community.

Please consider being a Dine in the Dark 2023 Sponsor. Click here to see the Sponsor Sheet 2023.

To buy individual tickets click here: Yapsody- Buy Tickets

If you are not able to attend this year’s event but would still like to donate to it, please click here.



Thank you to our 2023 Dine in the Dark Sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Berks Fire and Water

Melanie Mann











VRC Fund Raiser Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Galen Hall

Wednesday, May 24, 2023


Thank you to our 2023 Golf Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:

Schatz Electric, Inc.


Berks Fire and Water

Burkey Custom Services

Carmela and Steve Bobick

Connors Investor Services Inc

Customers Bank

Dolan Construction Logo


Herbein Logo

Overhead Door


Riverfront Logo

Spring Township Lions Club

Lions Club Logo


Tompkins Vist Bank

West Lawn Quoiting

Workadaptive Logo


Your generosity helps fuel the continued efforts of  VRC to provide services, programs and education opportunities for those in need. For more information of services and how you can continue to make a difference, please view The White Cane Fund HERE.



Dine in the Dark – Thursday, October 14

Tickets On Sale Now!

Dine in the Dark to Go!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Vision Resource Center of Berks County
2020 Hampden Blvd.
Reading, PA 19604


Imagine your visual world changing. Not being able to see your loved ones face, being able to drive to the store, or reading your emails. How would you adjust? How would your family adjust? Vision Resource Center of Berks County has created the Dine In the Dark event for people to experience a meal in darkness.

Our Dine In the Dark event will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 as a “To Go!” event. Meals will be provided by…

Panevino Logo


While this will not be our typical Dine In the Dark event we will make it fun and entertaining with great food! Your three-course meal will be available for pick up between 4PM-5:30PM at Vision Resource Center of Berks County. Your meals will also contain blindfolds for you to use as you enjoy your meal in your home. You will also receive a program that will contain helpful hints for eating your meal while blindfolded.

Click Here To Purchase Tickets for Dine in the Dark to Go!


Thank you to our Sponsors:

                   Berks Fire and Water





Steve and Carmela Bobick


While this year may look different that years past we still have wonderful sponsorship opportunities for more information, please click HERE.


Vision and Hearing Expo


Thursday, April 30, 2020
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Crowne Plaza, Reading


brought to you by our Event Sponsor, Wells Fargo, NA





featuring live radio coverage by Mike Faust with WEEU’s Feedback Talk Show, sponsored by Berks Optometric Society

and educational topics and seminars underwritten by Berks ENT


Join us on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Crowne Plaza Reading for Vision and Hearing Expo, Berks County’s one stop vision and hearing event. Vision and Hearing Expo is Berks County’s premier experience for brand new and exciting vision and hearing focused trends and technologies. Throughout the day, educational seminars and hands-on demonstrations related to low vision management, hearing loss, caregiver understanding and more will be offered. Vision and Hearing Expo is for you, your family members, friends, caregivers and anyone who wants insight regarding hearing and vision services, technologies and education related to all aspects of hearing and vision.

Admission and parking are all free. Don’t miss out on this opportunity of the year!


Vision and Hearing Professionals and Product Vendors, there are limited spots still available!

Are you interested in meeting potential clients face-to-face? We have some great spaces still available! This is a wonderful opportunity to share your products, practice, innovations and knowledge base with the Berks County (and beyond) Vision and Hearing related communities. Download the Booth and Sponsorship form HERE and contact Carolyn Krick at ckrick@vrcberks.org for additional information and reservations. Hurry, spots are limited! If you know a business or medical practice that would be interested in sharing their services and products, you can download and share the printable General Info flyer HERE.


Coronavirus Information

Important Message

In light of the recent events regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vision Resource Center remains unwavering in its dedication to our Berks County communities. Please note we will be experiencing situations that may result in the rescheduling and/or cancellation of VRC activities and events. For up-to-date information related to Vision Resource Center schedules and events, please call 610-375-8407 or visit us on Facebook.

We encourage everyone to be educated regarding facts and information that are currently known. The Center for Disease Control provides the latest information on Coronavirus, including steps to prevent illness, what to do if you’re sick, and ways to keep your surroundings safe. Call your doctor or health professional immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/ for more information.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

  • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
    • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
    • If you are a healthcare provider, use your judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Factors to consider in addition to clinical symptoms may include:
      • Does the patient have recent travel from an affected area?
      • Has the patient been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or with patients with pneumonia of unknown cause?
      • Does the patient reside in an area where there has been community spread of COVID-19?
    • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
    • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
    • If you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activityPlease follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.


For additional information, please visit the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

Pennsylvania Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx




Beeping Egg Hunt Event

Please join Vision Resource Center of Berks County for a Beeping Egg Hunt, Easter Crafts, and Goodies!

When:  Saturday, April 4th from 1PM-3PM

Where:  VRC Headquarters 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading, PA 19604

Siblings and family members welcome!


Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 18th to Lori at 610-375-8407 ext. 112 if you are able to attend, and the ages of those attending.

*All attendees must pre-register!