The MIRA Foundation USA will host its 10th anniversary gala on Thursday, May 2, celebrating its unique mission of creating “A New Leash on Life” by providing specially trained guide dogs for children deprived of the gift of sight.

Gala guests will enjoy fine food and wine, a live auction, a demonstration by a child/MIRA dog partner team, plus outstanding performances by two local musical celebrities, songster Paul Murphy and pianist Jesse Davis.

MIRA is a truly life-changing organization for young people who are blind.

“Imagine being one of the nearly 60,000 visually impaired children in the U.S. who must go through life with just a cane,” says Richard Chatham, executive director of MIRA. “Just navigating through life’s daily tasks without sight is difficult, but the fear and loneliness these children experience can lead to serious emotional problems that can scar them for a lifetime.”

MIRA is the only organization serving the contiguous U.S. that provides incredibly trained guide dogs to eligible children between the ages of 11 and 17 at absolutely no charge.

“Pairing these children with their guide dogs unquestionably gives them a newfound sense of independence and self-confidence, with skills that allow them to navigate their world effectively,” he says.

MIRA guide dog recipient Kayla said that receiving a guide dog from MIRA changed her entire life.

“I now have the freedom that I was never able to have before,” she says.

All proceeds go for funding these amazing guide dogs for children who desperately need them. Tickets for the gala, which will be held at Belle Meade in Southern Pines, are $100 per person and can be purchased at or by calling the MIRA office at (910) 944-7757.

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