Lighthouse International's 100th Anniversary Celebration!!
Welcome to Winternight 2006!
It is my distinct pleasure to serve as this evening's Gala Chair celebration of Lighthouse International's Centennial anniversary and in support of its 100-year-old mission of helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss.
During my tenure at the Lighthouse, I have seen numerous advances that provide hope when vision fails, and have been particularly impressed with the wide array of services provided, ranging from child development programs for youngsters to programs that maintain independence and self-sufficiency for people over the age of 100. Among them is The Lighthouse International School, which helps infants and toddlers with impaired vision meet their full potential. In an integrated preschool program, children with vision loss learn alongside their sighted peers for a more enriching educational experience. Also noteworthy is The Filomen M. D.' Agostino Greenberg Music School, which fosters musical talent and performance skills for people with impaired vision at any stage of life.
We're here tonight to support such invaluable Lighthouse initiatives, as well as to salute the dedicated visionaries who have made outstanding contributions to securing Lighthouse International for another 100 years: The Family of Sol and Lillian Goldman, and Novartis Ophthalmics. We also offer special Centennial Winternight acknowledgment to Pfizer Ophthalmics, Sony DADC and Bloomingdale's for their generosity, and thank each and every one of our supporters - at all levels. Philanthropy has sustained Lighthouse International since 1905, and it will continue to do so for another century.
On behalf of the Lighthouse Board of Directors, I extend my sincere thanks to tonight's special guests, the Winternight Gala Committee and, most especially, to everyone here this evening.
Enjoy the festivities!