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Despite Hurricane Wilma, the Sun Trust 9th Annual Dancing in the Dark event to support The Foundation Fighting Blindness was a great success, reports Board Member William J. Chatlos


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Longwood, FL (WebWire) November 15, 2005 -- “Hurricanes make people nervous!” said William J. Chatlos, President of The Chatlos Foundation, speaking about the final days leading up to the Sun Trust 9th Annual Dancing in the Dark event in Orlando. “Wilma was heading toward us, and we didn’t know when the rain would begin. But a lot of people were counting on this event"

Held on October 22nd, the event is an annual fundraiser for The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). The Chatlos Foundation has long supported the FFB. “Events such as Dancing in the Dark help highlight the great work done by FFB and give individuals as well as groups like Sun Trust and The Chatlos Foundation a chance to contribute to this group,” says Chatlos. Noting that fundraisers – like so many other activities – have been affected by the uncertainty that goes with unusual weather patterns like those of this past year, he concludes that “during times of uncertainty it is all the more important to support wonderful charities.”

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is ranked as a “Top-Rated” charity by the American Institute of Philanthropy. It has also been named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities.” The event was attended by 150 people and raised $50,000.

The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. William J. Chatlos serves on the Board of Directors for The Foundation Fighting Blindness. More information is available online at http://www.blindness.org.

About The Chatlos Foundation:
The Chatlos Foundation (http://www.chatlos.org)
funds nonprofit organizations in the USA. Support is provided to organizations currently exempt by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The Foundation’s areas of interest are: Bible Colleges/Seminaries, Religious Causes, Medical Concerns, Liberal Arts, and Social Concerns. The Chatlos Foundation, Inc. is a private, philanthropic foundation and does not solicit or accept donations from the general public.



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