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Event Honoring Dr. Marian Macsai and Candace Jordan June 23, 2016 at the Peninsula Chicago to Support Eversight Illinois Programs and Services

CHICAGO, IL  — Eversight Illinois, dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research, hosted the 18th Annual Gift of Sight Gala Thursday, June 23 at The Peninsula Chicago. The special evening celebrated Dr. Marian Macsai as the “Gift of Sight” honoree as well as media personality Candace Jordan as the 2016 “Woman of Vision,” each for their continued work and support of making vision a reality. Attended by 250 guests and raising more than $150,000 for Eversight Illinois, the evening, co-chaired by Dr. David Donnersberger, and Eileen Howard-Weinberg, featured dinner, dancing, a lavish silent auction and more.

“It was such an honor to have a room full of individuals with the same passion and commitment of giving all patients suffering from corneal blindness the gift of sight,” said Executive Director of Eversight Illinois, Diane Hollingsworth.  “Our work truly would not be possible without the involvement of the community and passionate individuals like Dr. Macsai and Candace. Their efforts directly impact the people we serve each and every day.”

This year’s Parisian-themed gala, “Love at First Sight,” began at 6:00 p.m. with a beautiful cocktail reception throughout the Peninsula’s Shanghai Terrace. Guests mingled with one another while getting their “Parisian portraits” drawn, sipping on decadent cocktails and browsing the robust silent auction featuring incredible prizes. As guests entered in to the beautiful ballroom adorned with Eiffel tower centerpieces, they were welcomed by Eversight Illinois Executive Director Diane Hollingsworth before enjoying a beautiful dinner. The evening’s emcee, ABC 7’s Linda Yu, took the stage to speak about Eversight Illinois and introduce 2015 Honoree Dr. Jonathan Rubenstein who presented Dr. Macsai with this year’s “Gift of Sight” Award. Susan Gohl, the 2015 Honoree, then took the stage to present Jordan with the 2016 “Woman of Vision” Award.

A live auction, led by Kevin Sullivan, commenced followed by dancing to the sounds of Stanley Paul Orchestra.

All proceeds from the event directly support the programs and services of Eversight Illinois. In 2015 alone, the organization facilitated more than 2,500 sight-restoring corneal transplants worldwide.

About Eversight Illinois

Eversight Illinois, an affiliate of Eversight, is a charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of sight. Eversight Illinois recovers, evaluates and distributes eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. They seek treatments and cures for blinding eye conditions by funding research and work to educate the public about donation and transplantation. Their mission is accomplished through the generosity of eye donors and their families, volunteers and charitable contributors. For more information, visit Eversight Illinois online at www.eversightvision.org/illinois.

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