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February 27, 2014

OCNY to Honor Luxottica Executive and Philanthropist at Eleventh Annual Gala

The Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) is set to honor Mr. Andrea Dorigo, the past president of Luxottica Wholesale, North America and Ms. Edie Lutnick, the co-founder and executive director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, at the organization’s eleventh annual, “Eyes on New York” gala on March 28 in New York City.

The co-chairs of the marquee event, which will once again be held at the iconic Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, are Ms. Holly Rush, the current president of Luxottica Wholesale, North America and Ms. Barbara Saltzman, the OCNY vice president. 

The ‘Eyes on New York’ gala supports the ongoing work of the OCNY which is currently in the final year of its five-year, $10 million Vision and the Promise Campaign. The campaign supports community health care projects, such as the growing collaboration between the SUNY College of Optometry and the Bowery Mission that helps to provide hundreds of indigent New Yorkers with free vision care and the Homebound Program that has provided hundreds of New Yorkers who are unable to leave their homes with invaluable care. Over the course of the campaign, the OCNY was also established 16 new scholarships for students to attend the College as well as funding numerous, ongoing research projects.

Mr. Dorigo held several senior management roles at Luxottica since arriving at the company in 2005. Earlier this year he left Luxottica to join Brooks Brothers in the newly-created role as president of North America.

Ms. Lutnick, an advocate and author, established the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund on September 14, 2001 to address the short and long term needs of victims of terrorism, natural disasters and emergencies. Under Ms. Lutnick's leadership the organization has raised and distributed over $180 million to over 800 families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"Our gala, which has become a tradition for our Trustees and for industry leaders who attend Vision Expo East,” said Ms. Ann Warwick, executive director of the OCNY and vice president for Institutional Advancement at the College. “This event pays tribute to two people whose unique creative vision represents the very best in personal and professional achievement."

For ticket information, visit www.sunyopt.edu/gala or contact Ms. Warwick at 212.938.5600 or awarwick@sunyopt.edu