Thanks to a stellar committee and more than 530 supportive guests, sponsors, and donors, The John A. Moran Eye Center’s annual Night for Sight gala was a rousing success. Held on June 22, 2013, at Salt Lake’s Grand America Hotel, Moran’s premiere fundraiser brought in much-needed funds to support international and local outreach programs that are an integral part of our mission to treat and cure preventable blindness and vision loss at home and around the world. “We exceeded our goals,” noted Director of External Relations, Lynn Ward. “It was a huge team effort that not only raised a record amount—it strengthened Moran’s long-standing relationships with so many people and brought in some new friends as well. We can’t thank everyone enough.”
Amid panels of stunning, large-format photography that documented Moran’s charity care locally and abroad, guests gathered for a dazzling reception and dinner along with live and silent auctions. Bidding opportunities were as varied as a chance to drive BMW racecars on a private track to working alongside Moran medical teams at surgical eye camps deep in the Himalayas.
At Moran, we feel that everyone who attends or volunteers at Night for Sight is a critical part of our effort to end unnecessary blindness. Donors of time or money support a proud tradition that continues three decades of providing medical care for the underserved, locally and around the world. Just last year, Moran Eye Center ophthalmologists donated their time and talents carrying out sight-restoring missions in 14 countries on five continents. Moran doctors are also training doctors from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Nepal, China, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Bhutan, El Salvador, South Sudan, Indonesia, and Kenya to perform sight-restoring surgeries in their own countries.
Short films illustrating Moran’s outreach efforts rounded out the evening, as did an inspiring speech by Moran CEO and Department Chair Dr. Randall Olson. Attendees learned about the unprecedented five-year peace and sight-restoration mission Moran is carrying out in South Sudan, in an alliance with John Dau and the Duk Lost Boys Clinic. Moran surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, the subject of the highly anticipated best seller Second Suns, also read touching passages from the book.
Special thanks to our Honorary Chairs (and lead sponsors) John and Marva Warnock, Event Chair Carol Firmage, and the volunteer committee who worked tirelessly to create such a special evening. Thanks also to Drs. Geoff Tabin and Alan Crandall, co-directors of Moran’s International Division. We are also grateful to the many community and business leaders throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Park City, and the entire Wasatch Front who participated in the event. And finally, a sincere thanks to the medical professionals from the Moran and all of our industry partners who volunteer time and resources to do outreach work in Utah and around the world.
See the video shorts and learn more about Night for Sight at www.nightforsight.com
If you are interested in volunteering, attending, or receiving information about sponsoring next year’s event, please contact the Moran Eye Center Development Office at 801.585.9700 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to our Night for Sight Sponsors
BMW of Murray
BMW of Pleasant Grove
MINI of Murray
John and Marva Warnock
Bamberger-Allen Health & Education Foundation
Grand America Hotel
Claudia Skaggs Luttrell
Reagan Outdoor Advertising
John and Toni Bloomberg
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
SD Stewart Foundation
Fred and Christine Fairclough
Freeportwest Industrial Properties
Legislative Insight Consulting LLC
Mayor Ben McAdams
Julie Nester Gallery
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