A Visionary Evening & Concert

The Cutting Room, New York, New York

September 22, 2021 | 6:30 EST

September 22, 2021

The signature sold-out event brought together two noteworthy charities dedicated to helping people overcome the challenges created by mental health issues, addiction, and vision loss. Lighthouse Guild, with over a hundred years of experience, is a leader in providing coordinated vision and health services, skill-building programs, and technological innovations that inspire people who are visually impaired to achieve their goals. Road Recovery, founded in 1998, has served the needs of thousands of at-risk youth in rural and poverty-stricken communities by helping them find a path to productive and fulfilling lives through its education and mentorship-based musical and peer support programs.

Lighthouse Guild honored Lauren Oplinger, a long-time volunteer and supporter of the organization and Vice President at JP Morgan. Outside of work, Ms. Oplinger is active in raising issues related to vision loss and advocating for people with vision impairment.

Road Recovery honored one of its own, Simon Kirke, a long-time board member and Creative Staff Mentor. Mr. Kirke was recognized for his decade of humble service of “showing up & walking the walk” together with generations of the charity’s youth.

The evening was hosted by Ken Dashow, Q104.3 Afternoon Drive Host, with special Simon Kirke, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – plus Dr. Charles McTavish and the Road Recovery Band.

A Visionary Evening & Concert Gallery

photos by John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com


James M. Dubin
Retired Executive Chairman
Conair Corporation

Simon Kirke
Bad Company

Eric J. Maidenberg
Managing Director
Parley for the Oceans

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

Joseph C. Papa
Chairman and CEO
Bausch Health Companies, Inc.

Dr. Christopher E. Starr
Weill Cornell Medicine


Lauren Oplinger
Lauren Oplinger
Vice President, JPMorgan

Simon Kirke
Musician, Bad Company