The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Georgia’s foremost vision and hearing care nonprofit,hosted the seventh annual “Night of Spectacles” at the historic Buckhead Theatre.The annual fundraising gala welcomed over 300 attendees for a night that celebrated the work and mission of the Lighthouse and raisedover $100,000 towards vision and hearing services for underserved Georgians.
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2014
Fashion with a Mission
Night of Spectacles brings high fashion and equal access vision and hearing care
Atlanta, GA, May 20-On May 10th, The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Georgia’s foremost vision and hearing care nonprofit,hosted the seventh annual “Night of Spectacles” at the historic Buckhead Theatre. The annual fundraising gala welcomed over 300 attendees for a night that celebrated the work and mission of the Lighthouse and raised over $100,000 towards vision and hearing services for underserved Georgians.
Event highlights came in the form of special guests:Dr. Dakira Walker from Year Up Atlanta gave an inspirational speech about the impact that lack of access to vision care has on our youth; once her students received much needed eyeglasses they flourished in school and work. Event Chair Dr. Gregg Russell of Marietta Eye Clinic impressed the crowd with his humor and passion for creating equal access to vision and hearing care in Georgia.
An appealing silent and uproarious live auction featured a Big Green Egg, Mother’s Day gift bundles, a Sonoma Wine Tasting trip, and an African Safari. Attendees included event sponsors Genuine Parts as the Bright Eyed Benefactor and Allergan, Emory Healthcare, Georgia Retina, Marietta Eye Clinic, and Northside as Spectacular Sponsors, along with Lions Club members and partners in the medical community.
The fashion show ended the program on a high note, bringing original designs down the runway by students from SCAD, Clark Atlanta, and Georgia Southern and modeled by doctor models, students, and Lighthouse staff. Judges included local designer Sherie Nevett, former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Julie Moran, and Miss United States 2010 Jessica Black, who proved third time is a charm by naming Lily Johnson of Georgia Southern, in her third year as a contestant, as the winner of a $1,000 scholarship. Her stunning design was painted brilliant gold and made with over 1,000 eyeglass parts.
The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is the only statewide provider of vision and hearing care to underserved Georgians, serving over 6,500people last year, an increase of more than 1,500 people since 2012. By providing sight-saving surgeries, eye exams and eyeglasses, and digital hearing aids, the Lighthouse allows Georgians to live healthier and more productive lives. With the growing need for services in Georgia and our expanding children’s clinics program established in schools throughout the state, 2014 will be a year for exponential growth. www.lionslighthouse.org