Members of Cleinman Performance Network proudly continued its tradition of charitable giving at the 2014 Chicago session meetings by raising over $52,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. A dollar-for-dollar match from the Gordon Gund Foundation brought the total to $104,000. All charitable contributions will be used exclusively for research projects to cure blindness.
According to the foundation’s website, inherited retinal degenerative diseases leading to blindness affect more than 10 million people in the United States. The Foundation is the world’s leading private source for inherited retinal disease research funding and is committed to driving research until the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases is eradicated.
Esteemed guest speaker Tom Sullivan spoke to Network audiences about the power of optometry to provide solutions to patients and their families as they confront vision loss and work to find a cure. A globally renowned speaker, singer and actor who works closely with the Foundation, Sullivan inspired tears and laughter with stories of his achievements in life. Sullivan’s appearance was made possible as a special gift from HOYA Vision Care.
At the close of Sullivan’s remarks, the Foundation organized a Dining in the Dark experience for the Network.