COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness will honor Doug Zarkin, vice president and chief marketing officer of Pearle Vision and Avi Kaner, co-owner of Morton Williams Supermarkets at the annual Night for Sight gala. The prestigious Visionary Award will take place on Thursday, May 11 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The event will celebrates beacons of the fashion, finance, and food industries. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading private funding source for retinal degenerative disease research.

The gala will honor Doug Zarkin for his commitment to improving and supporting the vision industry through Pearle Vision, partnering with other nonprofits, providing high quality eyecare to children, as well as supporting others in the vision care space. Zarkin represents growth and compassion in the vision community.

The Foundation will also honor Avi Kaner for his leadership and commitment to the community through Morton Williams Supermarkets, his work as the elected second selectman (deputy mayor) of Westport, Connecticut, and his philanthropic efforts globally. Kaner embodies the Foundation’s values of accessibility and equitability through his efforts.

“The Foundation Fighting Blindness is excited to be partnering with Doug Zarkin and Avi Kaner through Night for Sight,” said Peter Ginsberg, chief operating officer of Foundation Fighting Blindness. “Their visionary leadership in their industries and their support of the Foundation’s vision-saving efforts make them exemplary Visionary Award honorees. In celebrating these two leaders, the Foundation will highlight our shared goals and our efforts to be beacons of hope for those in the vision community.”

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