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Center For Partially Sighted Gala Raises Over $300,000

Bands — By HopelessMelissa on October 22, 2008

The Center for the Partially Sighted’s annual Hope in Sight Dinner and Auction, held September 21 at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, raised more than $310,000, one of the Center’s most successful events in recent history.  Proceeds from the evening support Center programs that provide hope and help to both children and adults with significant vision loss so they can maintain their independence.

Louis and Michelle Posen, Jac Holzman, and the Allergan I-Care Campaign received Vision Awards from the Center for their dedication and service to the community and to the Center.  Steve Edwards of Good Day LA was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Hopeless Records artist Nural performed.

“Our honorees this year were certainly an outstanding group,” “said Dr. LaDonna Ringering, CEO of the Center.    “Louis and Michelle are both excellent role models.  They are very involved in giving back to the community.  Because of his vision loss, they have been very supportive of research and service related to eye care. Louis has been able to grow Hopeless and Sub City Records and develop a business model that encourages charitable donations.  Jac Holzman is a music icon and the founder of Elektra Records, yet he took the time to mentor Louis, a college kid with impaired sight and a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve,” Dr. Ringering continued.  “The Allergan I-Care Campaign, created in 2005 as a partnership between Allergan, Inc. and Tom Sullivan, fosters a mission dear to our hearts, advancing the understanding of and the care for people with impaired sight to healthcare professionals and to people whose lives are touched by vision loss.”

“It was wonderful evening and all our honorees were inspiring.  Tom Sullivan, a partner in the Allergan I-Care Campaign, moved people to tears when he described what it is like for him to never have seen his wife’s face.  We were honored to have a sold-out event with a waiting list in this current economic climate,” said Sidney Machtinger, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors.

The Center for the Partially Sighted is a nonprofit agency helping 2,500 children and adults with impaired sight each year to function more independently by providing a comprehensive program staffed by professionals in their field, including optometrists, therapists and rehabilitation teachers.  This year the Center celebrates 30 years of service, having been in the forefront of low vision care since 1978.

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