Initiatives

The Freeman Foundation exists to raise awareness of the needs and potential of people with disabilities by promoting the truth that disability does not equal inability. We advance this vision and mission through two primary initiatives, (1) blindfolded events, and (2) partnership with a Haitian orphanage for children with disabilities.

Blindfolded Events

During our events, participants perform everyday tasks blindfolded. Removing the ability to see helps a sighted individual better understand how a visually impaired individual navigates and functions in a sighted world. We hope participants obtain greater awareness of the challenges and abilities of people who have a disability. The foundation currently hosts two blindfolded events: Lights Out Blindfolded 5K and Lights Out Dinner in the Dark.

Lights Out Blindfolded 5K

Participants in the Lights Out Blindfolded 5K complete the course with a partner. The blindfolded partner is guided by the sighted partner to the 1.5 mile marker, where roles switch.

We held our first annual Lights Out Blindfolded 5K on July 4, 2015. Sixty-one individuals participated, and we raised $1,515.50 to assist in advancing our mission.

Hosting this event requires raising funds to cover the following expenses:

  • T-shirts
  • Event Insurance
  • Blindfolds
  • Time Clock
  • Finishing Medals
  • Advertising and promotion

The funds come from small business sponsorships and private donations. Sponsors who contribute $100 or more are listed on the back of the t-shirts.

You can view photos from the event here.

Lights Out Dinner in the Dark

Dinner in the Dark attendees are challenged to eat a meal blindfolded. The first Lights Out Dinner in the Dark in Corbin, KY was held on March 14, 2016. Over 120 people attended the dinner, accepting the challenge to eat spaghetti and meatballs blindfolded. They gained a greater understanding of the challenges facing people with a visual impairment, and how those people overcome them.

Hosting this event requires raising funds to cover the following expenses:

  • Venue
  • Catered Meal
  • Decorations
  • Blindfolds
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Keynote Speaker Fee

The Freeman Foundation is currently looking to host more Lights Out Blindfolded 5K’s and Lights Out Dinners in the Dark in communities across the state and region. If you are interested in helping us advance our mission in this way, please email us at info@travisfreeman.org.

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In July 2015, two members of The Freeman Foundation Board of Directors, Drew Mahan and Suzie Razmus, participated in a mission trip just outside of Port-au-Prince Haiti. They visited an orphanage that houses disabled children from the poorest communities of Haiti, and the desperate situation they encountered moved them. This orphanage was in need of a new handicap-accessible facility, durable medical supplies, and food.

Since their visit, two organizations have worked together to lay the groundwork and raise the necessary funds for a new facility. While we are thrilled that there will be a new facility, the money raised was for building supplies and labor, leaving the orphanage still with a need for food and convalescent supplies.

The Freeman Foundation is partnering with Forward Community Church in Corbin, KY, to raise the necessary funds for a second meal per day. If you are interested in donating to our cause, click here. For more information, email info@travisfreeman.org.