NEW YORK—From recognizing men and women as major players in optical to celebrating company partnerships and products, New York City was a busy place to be during Vision Expo East’s festivities. Here are some of the major parties that took place around town during Vision Expo East. Look for more show coverage and photos in Vision Expo East 2022 Concludes Successful Show in New York City and Expo Attendees Were Taking Care of Business… Again. To read all of the Digital Editions of the Show Dailies, go to the Issue Archives page on

(L to R) Prevent Blindness board of directors chair-elect Jim McGrann at the Person of Vision Awards on March 31 along with event co-chair and 2021 Person of Vision Honoree Marc Ferrara, 2022 Person of Vision Award Honoree Rick Gadd, Prevent Blindness president and CEO Jeff Todd, and Prevent Blindness board of directors chair Kathleen Murphy.
(L to R) Zyloware's Jamie Shyer, Chris Shyer, Sara Shyer and Prevent Blindness’ Jeff Todd at the Person of Vision Gala.
(L to R) VSP's Mike Guyette and Michelle Skinner, flank VM's Marge Axelrad and Shamir's Ranaan Naftolovich at the Awards Gala.

MyEyeDr.'s Dr. Artis Beatty and Christina Perraud at the Prevent Blindness event.
A large contingent of Optical Women's Association members turned out to salute Rick Gadd.
(L to R) EssilorLuxottica's David Milan, Matt Tackman, Dr. Millicent Knight, Jobson's Marc Ferrara,  Nancy and Rick Gadd, Essilor Luxottica's Holly Gillentine, Sherianne James, Fabrizio Uguzzoni and Ludo Ladreyt at the Person of Vision Gala.

The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) celebrated women in leadership during the organization’s Champagne Breakfast and Star Award held the morning of March 31. (L to R) Emerging Leader Award honoree Dr. Jennifer Stewart, Norwalk Eye Care/OD Perspectives; Pleiades Award honoree Erinn Morgan, PentaVision; Pyxis Award honoree Laura Dorris, HEA+PECAA; and Emerging Leader Award honoree Katie Lauver, GPN Technologies. 
(L to R) OWA's Courtney Myers, OWA's Deb Bulken, PECAA's Laura Dorris, Hilco Vision's Deb Fitzgibbons and Jobson Optical Group's Lenor Fowler enjoy the celebrations at the OWA Star Award Cocktail Reception. 
(L to R) Bidisha Rudra, EssilorLuxottica, Ideal Optics' Jan Cory and EssilorLuxottica's Kathie Sapnas celebrate the OWA's 2022 honorees at a cocktail reception on April 1.

(L to R) Eyemart Express' Teri Nesrsta and PECAA's Laura Dorris enjoy a cocktail hour with OWA's 2022 honorees.
ODs on Facebook held a cocktail reception at the Empire Penthouse on Friday evening.

The Visionary Band performing at the Rock4Sight fundraiser for ECN Purpose at the Hard Rock Café on April 2. The nonprofit vision foundation is dedicated to facilitating access to vision care among people who are unemployed, uninsured, impoverished, elderly, immobile or in foster programs or youth sanctuaries. 
(L to R) Steph Hamilton, Jason Shyer, and Evan Shyer of Retrospex playing a high energy set at Rock4Sight.
(L to R) Rock4Sight co-chairs Bob Stein and John Alofs and planning coordinator 
Denise Mogil presenting the funds raised, a check for $146,000, to Aspasia Shappet, Cassandra Hume and Carolyn Khuu of ECN Purpose.