“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

Laissez les bons temps rouler! For 13 years MindsEye has borrowed this sentiment – “Let the good times roll!” – from Mardi Gras revelers and used it for  an evening with a mission, “An Evening for Sight.”


The Soirée pour la Vue – An Evening for Sight, held on February 5, 2016, was an opportunity to enjoy Mardi Gras while helping listeners. Hosted by Mike Roberts of KSDK, the evening featured the Fr. Wittenbrink, OMI Visionary Awards, live jazz from the Original Knights of Swing, an oral and silent auction, and several raffles with a door prize.

View of the Soiree from above

MindsEye's 13th annual Soirée was held for the first time in the gorgeous Palladium - St. Louis.

Fletcher Lane led the live auction with items as varied as a Kentucky Bourbon trail donated by the Kentucky Radio Eye, an international food, language, and dancing experience from LAMP Interpreters, and Cardinals box seats, press box visit, and trip on the field donated by Al Hrabosky former Cardinals pitcher and current ESPN commentator.

Soiree volunteers sell raffle tickets

Volunteers Kathy Kissel, Stephen Kissel, and Tom Kissel sell raffle tickets to Brian Houser.

MindsEye is grateful to donors who made, not only one evening possible, but who have enriched the lives of thousands of people throughout the coming year. The station would particularly like to thank all attendees who pledged funds during the Broadcast Benefactor portion as well as presenting sponsor Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, and sponsors Ameren Illinois, the Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows, Patricia J. Watkins, and Missouri Council of the Blind.

Soiree Committee members pose for the camera

Soirée Committee members Debbie Andrews, Patty Donnelly, and Mandy Nickens enjoy the evening.

Thank you to all committee members and volunteers who made the evening possible!