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Tattoo parlor joins Eye Drop fundraising effort to support blind client

Jesse Miller and Christian Anivitate, inset, are raising money as part of VisionCorps 2023 Eye Drop. (Source: VisionCorps)

Inspired by a blind customer, a tattoo parlor is chipping in as part of a local nonprofit’s fundraiser this Friday.

VisionCorps’ annual “Eye Drop,” in which rappelers descend the facade of the Holiday Inn Lancaster, 26 E. Chester St., is one of the area’s signature events. More than 75 participants are signed up, with descents scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. spokeswoman Carol Gifford said.

Proceeds benefit VisionCorps’ employment, education, preventive and rehabilitation services for blind and vision-impaired individuals.

This year, Beautiful Sin Tattoos & Body Piercing will join the effort, with all proceeds earned Friday going toward the Eye Drop fundraiser.

Christian Anivitate, owner of the business at 245 N. Queen St., said he was inspired by a customer, VisionCorps client Jesse Miller, who recently stopped in for a new tattoo. Miller is legally blind and is fundraising on VisionCorps’ behalf.

“I knew he was putting his trust in me to produce a design that he wouldn’t be able to see,” Anivitate said, saying he wanted to “go above and beyond” for Miller.

The Eye Drop is conducted by the special-events company Over the Edge. As of Monday, nearly $140,000 had been pledged toward a goal of $175,000.