Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards Honorees Announced
Allergan Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer David E.I. Pyott to accept Corporate V-Award at Marshall B. Ketchum University gala dedicated to children’s vision on Sept. 19
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Media Contact – Jess Block, 909-706-8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com
YORBA LINDA, CA— For their philanthropic impact and humanitarian support of optometry, Marshall B. Ketchum University will honor community leaders at the third annual Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards, Thursday, September 19, 2013, at a 4:30 p.m. VIP reception and a 5:30 p.m. gala at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. in Yorba Linda, CA.
Awards will include:
· Corporate V–Award – Allergan, Inc. of Irvine,
to be accepted by Allergan Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer David E.I. Pyott
· Founder’s V–Award — Marshall B. Ketchum, M.D.,
to be accepted by the Ketchum family
· Shared Visions Artist Award — Susan Joy Gustafson of Vancouver, WA
“As a leading health care company with a heritage in eye care, Allergan is committed to developing innovative products and strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the vision community and the broader health care community. We are pleased and honored to receive this Corporate V–Award at the Marshall B. Ketchum University Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards,” said David E.I. Pyott, Allergan’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
With a theme of “Sharing Vision – Changing Lives” and an unwavering focus on supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County, the Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards is the signature event for Marshall B. Ketchum University of Fullerton, CA, a new name for an expanded healthcare educational institution including the Southern California College of Optometry and the developing School of Physician Assistant Studies.
According to the World Health Organization, over 19 million children are affected by vision impairment and 80% of vision problems can be corrected, prevented or cured. To address children’s vision in Orange County, MBKU provided optometry services in the community to more than 4,000 children in 2012, in collaboration with many local school districts, Special Olympics, Care Harbor, Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Buena Park Community Clinic, Blind Children’s Learning Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Caduceus Medical Group of Yorba Linda, and Illumination Foundation to name a few.
“Our third annual Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards is particularly exciting because of our new university name and our transition into an interprofessional healthcare institution,” says Marshall B. Ketchum University President Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.
PBS SoCal producer, reporter and host Maria Hall-Brown will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The Gala and V–Awards program includes selections from the Shared Visions Art Exhibit, showcasing works by blind or visually impaired artists, with some of the artists in attendance at the event.
Gold sponsors of the Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards are Allergan, Essilor and NVision.
Individual Gala tickets, table sponsorships and commemorative program opportunities are available. For more information on the Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.ketchum.edu/sharedvisions.
For media inquiries, contact Jess Block, Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards Publicist, at 909-706-8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com.
With advance RSVP, members of the press are invited to attend a Media/VIP reception from 4:30-5:30 for photos and interviews with awardees. Professional captioned event photos are available upon request.
ABOUT THE SHARED VISIONS GALA & V–AWARDS: The Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards is the signature fundraising event for Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, CA. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County. In 2012, the Gala raised more than $200,000 and hosted 300 attendees in support of the creation of the mobile vision van known as “Eye Force One,” bringing vision services to those in need who cannot travel to a clinic. http://www.ketchum.edu/sharedvisions/
ABOUT MARSHALL B. KETCHUM UNIVERSITY: Established in 1904, the Marshall B. Ketchum University is a private, non-profit, educational institution. The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.), and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree. The University is also adding the School of Physician Assistant Studies that expects to award a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree as the first step in the development of an interprofessional healthcare campus. Marshall B. Ketchum University provides a diversity of healthcare training opportunities in an environment fully focused on medical professionalism, combining advanced clinical training with innovative teaching methods. The University’s superior 109-year-old optometric clinical education program provides patient care experiences in community optometric clinics; exposure to the delivery of optometric care in multi-disciplinary settings; and experiences in practices serving a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic patient groups. Marshall B. Ketchum University owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – the Eye Care Center located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles located on Broadway at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Additional information: http://www.ketchum.edu;
ABOUT ALLERGAN: Allergan is a multi-specialty health care company established more than 60 years ago with a commitment to uncover the best of science and develop and deliver innovative and meaningful treatments to help people reach their life’s potential. Today, Allergan has approximately 11,200 highly dedicated and talented employees, global marketing and sales capabilities with a presence in more than 100 countries, a rich and ever-evolving portfolio of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products, and state-of-the-art resources in R&D, manufacturing and safety surveillance that help millions of patients see more clearly, move more freely and express themselves more fully. From their beginnings as an eye care company to their focus today on several medical specialties, including eye care, neurosciences, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, obesity intervention and urologics, Allergan is proud to celebrate more than 60 years of medical advances and proud to support the patients and physicians who rely on Allergan products and the employees and communities in which they live and work. For more information regarding Allergan, go to: www.allergan.com.
2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Allergan, Inc., Irvine
*Multi-specialty health care company committed to addressing unmet medical and community needs to help people reach their life’s potential
* Allergan has been a major contributor to Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) since 1990. Much of Allergan’s support for MBKU focuses on research funding for the improvement of eye care and eye treatment, including a 2009 grant to study the impact of dry eye on quality of life related to reading performance. From its beginnings as an eye care company, Allergan continues to support the development of the optometry profession. For example, Allergan’s OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® program offers access to educational resources, savings programs, and product information to students enrolled in U.S. optometry schools and recent optometry graduates.
The Allergan Foundation, created in 1998, has also been a supporter of the charitable efforts of MBKU. Beyond MBKU, The Allergan Foundation has granted more than $43 million to support the arts, civic programs, education, and health and human services, including the American Optometric Association’s InfantSEE® program, which is designed to provide no-cost comprehensive vision assessments to infants regardless of household income or insurance availability. The Allergan Foundation partnered with InfantSEE® to support the program’s mission to educate the American public on vision health beginning at infancy, and also aims to further educate optometry students on how to properly perform infant vision exams and to inspire graduates to include infant vision as a core patient care service in their future practices.
Marshall B. Ketchum, M.D.
*Pioneer in optometry and founder of the third-oldest college of optometry in the US
* Dr. Ketchum stood for the highest possible quality of education and felt a deep responsibility to the patient’s visual welfare and to the community, which was the philosophy from which the institution began. In 1904, Marshall B. Ketchum, M.D. founded and was the first president and teacher of the forerunner of Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), then named the Los Angeles School of Ophthalmology and Optometry. MBKU is currently home to Southern California College of Optometry and the developing School of Physician Assistant Studies in Orange County, CA. Through Dr. Ketchum’s leadership, several schools merged into the college, which became a nonprofit in 1938. Originally from Canada, Dr. Ketchum, a pharmacist, came to the US as a young man, to study and later teach medicine, and arrived in Los Angeles at a time when a distinct profession of optometry was just beginning to develop, both educationally and organizationally. He promoted the early use of the retinoscope, an optical instrument for examining refraction of light in the eye, and his advocacy of its superiority as a means for the determination of the refractive status of the eye identified Dr. Ketchum as an early leader in the eye care world. Today, retinoscopy is still an important component in determining one’s prescription, especially in children and patients with cataracts. In 1920, he authored Ketchum’s Lessons on the Eye, a book he dedicates to a future where “…the word ‘optometrist’ may be honored by all other professions.” Shortly after his death in 1937, the Marshall B. Ketchum, M.D. Memorial Library was established on the MBKU campus, which houses one of the most complete visual science libraries in the nation. In 2004, Dr. Ketchum was honored as a MBKU Centennial Honoree.
SHARED VISIONS ARTIST AWARD
Susan Joy Gustafson, Vancouver, WA
*Compelled to paint vivid floral and tropical scenes from her mind’s eye after being diagnosed with a progressive rare eye condition
* Though Susan Joy Gustafson has a progressive degenerative genetic eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, she is an award-winning watercolor artist. Her severe vision impairment inspired Gustafson’s work as a painter, saying “Losing my sight compels me to relish beauty, look intently and imprint the spirit of the object in my mind’s eye.” Her interpretations, many of which are floral and tropical subjects, enhance and bring scenes she paints to life. When asked who inspires her artwork, her response was “my guide dog is my muse.” Gustafson and her guide dog, Pilgrim, are graduates of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Gustafson’s work has been displayed at venues including the San Francisco City Hall and the Marshall B. Ketchum University Eye Care Center, as part of the Shared Visions Art Exhibit, which features artwork from blind and visually impaired artists from around the world. The exhibit is one of only four such art exhibitions of its kind in the United States. Gustafson’s piece “Tulip Time” was selected as the 2012-2013 Shared Visions Art Exhibit Signature Artwork Best of Show.