The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington® (POB) celebrated 80 years of providing sight-saving services in the DMV area on Saturday, March 19 at the Night of Vision® gala, which was held at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. POB honored five community members during the evening, and raised vital funds and awareness for the organization’s local vision programs.
Andrew Adelson, M.D., a local ophthalmic surgeon specializing in glaucoma and cataracts, received the 2016 Professional Service Award for his outstanding work in the field of vision care. In addition, POB presented the 2016 Community Service Award to Janet and Hal Morrison for their more than 25 years working with POB and the low vision community, and presented the 2016 Appreciation Award to Amy L. Bess and Sadina Montani of Vedder Price for their pro bono legal assistance to the organization.
NBC News4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer served as master of ceremonies for the event and warmed up the crowd despite the chilly weather outside.
The event’s theme, “Beyond the See,” combined oceanic décor, a “Diving for Pearls” opportunity drawing with stunning pearl prizes, and a 200-piece silent auction featuring items such as a behind-the-scenes tour of the NBC Studios in Washington, DC with Doug Kammerer and a private, after-hours tour of the MoMA for 10. Also included in the event was a live auction featuring: tickets to Live! with Kelly and Michael; a DC date night package with a stay at the Four Seasons; and a build-your-own dream vacation package with 50,000 AAdvantage Miles from American Airlines and a $500 Marriott gift card.
Guests of the gala had the opportunity to make a $100 donation to have their name added to a tile, which will become part of a beautiful mosaic in POB’s newly built headquarters on Capitol Hill. POB is set to move into its new headquarters in the coming months. The building provides improved accessibility, room for growth, a Low Vision Learning Center, and a community lecture hall for future vision research updates, eye health seminars and low vision support group meetings.
POB (formerly D.C. Society for the Prevention of Blindness) was founded on March 10, 1936 by May B. Vories and Dr. William H. Wilmer, founder of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, as a seven-point program to bring eye health information to the Washington, D.C. community.
Today, POB is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. The organization serves the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties of Maryland, and Northern Virginia. POB screens more than 8,000 children annually for vision loss and strabismus, and thousands of adults for glaucoma. The organization provides thousands of low-income and homeless community members with eyeglasses each year, and helps those with low vision retain their independence through personalized rehabilitation programs at its Low Vision Learning Center. Its Aging Eye Network, Macular Degeneration Network and Stargardt’s Network provide public programs and support groups to the community.
For more information about POB or the Night of Vision gala, visit youreyes.org.