Report and interviews by Ibrahim Dabo
NEW YORK CITY, NY—Lighthouse International, a leading non-profit organization that dedicates its work toward fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment, on Nov. 22, 2010 hosted “LightYears,” its annual gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
LightYears 2010 did “Salute the Art of Film” and brought together celebrities across the U.S. who are involved in the film industry. But more importantly, the philanthropic role of some of those individuals making a significant difference is what was celebrated.
Robert Osborne, host Turner Classic Movies; Charles S. Cohen, president and CEO of Cohen Brothers Reality Corporation and Clo Cohen; Dr. Madeleine Sherak, educator and film producer; Tom Sherak, Revolution Consulting Services and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, were all honored at the gala.
“It’s very nice when people pay attention to what you do and think you contributed something, to the point you should be honored,” Osborne told Ib’s Blog in an interview.
“I’m not sure I qualify for all this but I’m grateful for the esteem of such a fine group of people as Lighthouse International.
“It is very flattering to be honored and also it is a gathering of a lot of people I know. So it is a great time to see friends and get together.”
Osborne acknowledged the work of Lighthouse International saying the the gala was “for a really great cause because the Lighthouse is doing a very important thing with what it does for people who have visual impairment. They do a lot for people.”
Mark G. Ackermann, president and CEO of Lighthouse International, spoke exclusively to Ib’s Blog about his organization and the work they are doing to help people fight visual impairment.
“Tonight we are at LightYears, which is the annual gala for Lighthouse International,” Ackermann told Ib’s Blog.
“We are very fortunate to have 400 of our closest friends here this evening who are celebrating with us the successes of the Lighthouse over the years, the work that we do with those who are blind and those who have low vision.
“They are helping to support not only our clinical and rehabilitative work, but helping to support our research and all the other work that we do to help those with low vision and blindness.”
“We have clinical services and rehabilitative services. We have pre-kindergarten and nursery school; we have a school of music which is a really wonderful school. It is the only school in the country for individuals who are blind or have vision problems.” Read full Interview with Mark Ackermann
The LightYears Gala highlights the important role design, fashion, film, and music have had on the history of the Lighthouse. The LightYears Award is one of the most prestigious honors of the Lighthouse. It is presented to those who contribute philanthropic, civic, and professional services to the community.
. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: There Is Hope For People With Vision Problems, Lighthouse International President and CEO Mark Ackermann Tells Ib’s Blog
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