Kevin Daniel and Dana Van Dussen

Kevin Daniel and Dana Van Dussen

On Wednesday, July 18th, employees at the Lighthouse’s Seattle facility enjoyed an extended lunch with some traditional BBQ catered by Longhorn Barbecue for the annual Lighthouse Employee Barbecue! But this year there was certainly something special in the air – The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is now 100 years old and employees were there to celebrate!

Some Lighthouse employees, employees from the Apple Store, and other community members volunteered their time to help serve employees during lunch. The tunes were playing thanks to our in-house DJ Larry. There was brisket, chicken, ribs, and all the fixin’s, so no one was to leave hungry.

Many employees wandered to the historical products display and learned facts about products made at the Lighthouse over the past 100 years. Recently retired, longtime employee Paul Fletcher was on hand as our docent, and folks loved feeling the old mop, broom, ash tray, hand truck, and neck ties, just to name a few of the items on display.

This year, many employees wore their centennial T-shirts commemorating the Lighthouse’s 100th birthday. And what would a celebration be without cake? A cake featuring a Lighthouse logo and the dates “1918-2018”, as well as the number 100 in braille dots was served to attendees. The pieces of cake were huge and delicious, and there sadly weren’t any left-overs!

It truly was a perfect summer day for a barbecue at the Lighthouse to celebrate 100 years!