Tickets Now Available for SUNY’s Optometric Center of NY Benefit Gala, March 28

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NEW YORK—The Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) is set to honor Andrea Dorigo, the past president of Luxottica Wholesale, North America and Edie Lutnick, the co-founder and executive director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, at the organization’s 11th annual, “Eyes on New York” gala on March 28 here.

The co-chairs of the marquee event, which will once again be held at the iconic Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, are Holly Rush, the current president of Luxottica Wholesale, North America and Barbara Saltzman, the OCNY vice president.

Tickets, tables and salute journal ads are now available for the “Eyes on New York” gala which supports the ongoing work of the OCNY, currently in the final year of its five-year, $10 million Vision and the Promise Campaign. The campaign supports community health care projects, such as the growing collaboration between the SUNY College of Optometry and the Bowery Mission that helps to provide hundreds of indigent New Yorkers with free vision care and the Homebound Program that has provided hundreds of New Yorkers who are unable to leave their homes with invaluable care. Over the course of the campaign, the OCNY has also established 16 new scholarships for students to attend the College as well as helped to fund numerous, ongoing research projects.

Dorigo held several senior management roles at Luxottica since arriving at the company in 2005. Earlier this year, he left Luxottica to join Brooks Brothers in the newly-created role as president of North America.

Lutnick, an advocate and author, established the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund on Sept. 14, 2001 to address the short and long term needs of victims of terrorism, natural disasters and emergencies. Under Lutnick's leadership, the organization has raised and distributed over $180 million to over 800 families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"Our gala, has become a tradition for our Trustees and for industry leaders who attend Vision Expo East,” said Ann Warwick, executive director of the OCNY and vice president for Institutional Advancement at the College. “This event pays tribute to two people whose unique creative vision represents the very best in personal and professional achievement."

For ticket information, visit www.sunyopt.edu/gala or contact Warwick at (212) 938-5600 or awarwick@sunyopt.edu.