Lighthouse Guild’s “An Evening of Discovery” 

September 22, 2023

Posted in New York Social Diary

The historic Explorers Club provided an enchanting backdrop for Lighthouse Guild’s “An Evening of Discovery” cocktail party, where 150 guests savored the unique ambiance of this venerable mansion and its picturesque terrace.

The generous sponsors who helped make “An Evening of Discovery” possible included Ann Thivierge and Richard Durkin, Visionary Sponsors Iveric Bio (an Astellas Company), Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, and Proskauer Rose LLP, as well as Explorer Sponsors J.P. Morgan, Mimi Saltzman Foundation, and Barbara Tober.

Marc Rosen and Susan Gutfreund.

Kicking off the program was longtime Lighthouse Guild supporter Marc Rosen, who welcomed everyone and reflected upon the parallel between the mantra of discovery and exploration of the Explorer Club members and Lighthouse Guild’s innovative initiatives, including the state-of-the-art Tech Center. Marc announced the date of February 26 for their annual Palm Beach dinner dance and introduced the honorees: Beth Rudin DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi and Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

Lighthouse Guild Board Chairman James Dubin and President and CEO Dr. Calvin Roberts expanded on how advanced technology and Lighthouse Guild’s expert training help individuals who are blind or visually impaired live the lives they aspire to.

Jim and Susan Dubin, with Andrea and Dr. Calvin Roberts.

Guests saw first-hand samples of accessible technology helping people with vision loss navigate their world through Lighthouse Guild’s Innovation Stations.

Kiana Glanton and Robert Casellas.

Kiana Glanton, Lighthouse Guild client, and intern, captivated the crowd with her compelling story of her experience with vision loss as a professional, a mother, and now a Blind Baseball player who helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the WBSC Blind Baseball International Cup.

The event and auction raised over $350,000 in support of Lighthouse Guild’s programs.

Guests included Susan Gutfreund, Beth Rudin DeWoody, James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui, Dudley Stevens, Will Roseman, Saundra Whitney, Margo Langenberg, Jeanne Lawrence, Maria Cristina Anzola, Mai Hallingby, Victoria Wyman, Andrea Utecht and her son Christopher, Mimi Saltzman, Edward Kornreich, Connie and Randy Jones, Heidi Holterbosch and Tom Gimbel, Jackie Weld Drake and Billy Beadleston, Pamela Fiori, Vanessa Noel, Paul and Christabel Vartanian, Roberta Houghton along with Lighthouse Guild board members  Barry Honig, Shelley Brier, Pauline Raiff, Dr. Christopher Starr, and Ronald Weiner.

Dr. Cal Roberts, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Jim Dubin.
Saundra Whitney, Victoria Wyman, and Margo Langenberg.
Pamela Fiori and Vanessa Noel.
L. to r.: Heidi Holterbosch and Thomas Gimbel; Christabel Vartanian, Paul Vartanian, and Roberta Houghton.
Jeanne Lawrence and Maria Cristina Anzola.
Connie and Randy Jones.
James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui.

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