The Lighthouse for the Blind in San Bernardino has received two tickets to Super Bowl LV and is raffling them off as a fundraiser to help the organization continue to provide training and other support services for the visually impaired and blind.

The Lighthouse for the Blind’s Super Bowl tickets raffle is an annual fundraiser that Executive Director Sandy Wood was not sure would continue this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Wood, under the uncertain possibilities of postponement, reduced seating capacity or cancellation of the event scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla., she was unsure Lighthouse for the Blind would be offered tickets as in years past.

Wood said she was grateful to get the tickets and is excited to continue the fundraiser during this challenging time.

Like many other organizations, Lighthouse for the Blind had to close its facility and much of its services due to coronavirus closures, and Lighthouse has adapted to continue many services virtually and with new social distancing practices. This includes videoconference classes and continued food deliveries.

“As you can image, keeping blind people 6 feet apart is difficult as most of our teaching methods are very hands-on,” Wood said.

While Florida has lifted its capacity restrictions on public events, the three Florida football teams have continued operating at 20-25 percent capacity limits and, as of October, the NFL intends to have a 20 percent stadium capacity at the Super Bowl. This makes this year’s Super Bowl tickets even scarcer than usual.

Raffle tickets are $100 each and the prize package includes two tickets to the game and two roundtrip airline tickets.

Lighthouse for the Blind had obtained the plane tickets, donated by Southwest Airlines, for another raffle for a golf tournament trip, but when the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic the plane tickets were added to the Super Bowl raffle.

Raffle ticket purchase deadline is Friday, Jan. 22, and the winning ticket will be drawn at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Lighthouse for the Blind, 359 E. Parkcenter Circle, San Bernardino. The winner does not need to be present to win.

For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, call (909) 884-3121 or visit ielighthousefortheblind.org.

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