All the Extras that Entails – A Visionary Evening

March 8, 2022

Originally posted by David Patrick Columbia, on New York Social Diary

A couple of weeks ago the Lighthouse Guild, which is the the leading organization dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, held such an event, “A Visionary Evening” at Club Colette, a dinner dance honoring Jennifer and the Honorable David Fischer, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco. The Alex Donner Orchestra provided entertainment.

Ambassador David and Jennifer Fischer and Dr. Calvin W. Roberts

Marc Rosen, Founder of the Palm Beach Friends of Lighthouse Guild, thanked committee members and supporters and introduced Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, the President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild and clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

In a touching surprise tribute, Dr. Roberts and Tom Quick presented Marc with an award honoring his late wife, Arlene Dahl, who passed away in November 2021. For more than 40 years, Arlene served as International Ambassador at Large for Lighthouse Guild in New York and Palm Beach.

Kathryn Bryan, Marc Rosen, Susan Gutfreund

After dinner, Dr. Roberts introduced the Fischers, and highlighted their many accomplishments, and then presented them with the Lighthouse Guild’s Visionary Award. Following this, Tom Quick conducted a live auction.

The evening drew more than 140 guests, and was a record-breaking success. Proceeds from the Dinner and live auction will support Lighthouse Guild’s program and services for people who are blind or visually impaired to live the lives they aspire to.

Beth DeWoody and Tom Quick.
Beth DeWoody and Tom Quick.

Lighthouse Guild’s podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Margie and Roy Furman and Linda Landis
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