'Profiles in Vision': New England College of Optometry Hosts Fundraiser Honoring OneSight

BOSTON—At the Langham Boston earlier this month, the New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted a fundraiser titled “Profiles In Vision 2014” honoring OneSight, a charitable organization whose Vision Clinics and Sustainable Vision Centers deliver permanent access to affordable vision care in underserved communities worldwide, and its executive director, Jason Singh, OD, who was presented with the College’s Presidential Medal by NECO president, Dr. Clifford Scott. The event was held to benefit Massachusetts children and older adults in need of eyecare.

Prior to the start of the event, guests were greeted by mobile vision clinics from OneSight and New England Eye, the patient care subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry, which were located outside the hotel and offered tours to both guests and the general public. New England Eye established its On-Site Mobile Eye Clinic in 2010 to improve the vision of low income adults and children.

Throughout the evening, the fundraiser’s 200 attendees enjoyed entertainment, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, exclusive raffle prizes and special multimedia presentations. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Boston radio personality and voice of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ron Della Chiesa.

According to NECO, the College provides comprehensive vision care to children, older adults, the homeless and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts through its mobile vision clinic and satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers and VA Medical Centers, and its partnerships have influenced the direction of vision care in 19 countries.

OneSight has partnered with local health organizations, governments, school districts, industry leaders, doctors and volunteers to help more than 8.5 million people in 40 countries since 1988, and its charitable vision clinics are projected to serve more than 250,000 people in 14 countries in 2014, according to OneSight.

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