Foundation Fighting Blindness brought in $425,000 for vision research at the fifth annual Dining in the Dark dinner.
Event Coordinator Donna Cohen was very excited that they surpassed their goal of $400,000.
"We raised about the same amount as last year, which was great," she said.
About 300 people went to the Fairmont in Newport Beach, where they feasted in the dark for 30 minutes to know what it's like to be blind. Visually impaired waiters navigated the dinner using a system of ropes.
The event also included the foundation's Visionary Awards.
J. Andy Corley, co-founder of Eyeonic and surgical strategy advisor at Bausch + Lomb, and Dr. Baruch D. Kupperman, professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering and chief of retina service at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the UC Irvine, were honored for their contribution to sight-saving solutions in the corporate, medical and academic fields.
"We're honored to recognize two industry leaders for their significant contributions to the vision community and for their strong support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness' effort to secure brighter futures for the more than 10 million Americans affected with sight-stealing retinal diseases," foundation Chief Executive Bill Schmidt said in a statement.