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June 21, 2011

SUNY Optometry’s Anniversary Gala Most Successful To Date

SUNY College of Optometry marked its 40th anniversary and the 55th anniversary of its foundation, the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY), at the annual Eyes on New York Gala on March 18th at Cipriani 42nd St. Attended by  400 people, the gala honored three dynamic and well-known leaders in the ophthalmic industry: Marge Axelrad, Sr. Vice President/Editorial Director, Jobson Optical Group; Al Berg, Chief Executive Officer, and Larry Roth, Executive Vice President, both of Marchon.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher welcomed guests and remarked, "I feel especially privileged to honor the center on its 55th year and its SUNY partner on its ruby anniversary because the collaboration of these institutions embodies my highest aspirations for what we can achieve system-wide for the people of this great State."

The event highlighted the extraordinary history of the College and the foundation, and raised funds for community outreach programs such as vision care for the indigent, scholarships, and vision science research. According to Ann Warwick, OCNY's Executive Director, this was the most successful Gala in the College's history.

"The tremendous patronage we have received this year is a great testimonial to our honorees and supporters who understand the importance of the College, and the funds needed by the foundation to further our great work, said Ms. Warwick.

During the Gala, Dr. David Heath, College President, revealed the launch of an ambitious four-year major gifts campaign, The Vision and the Promise, which will help fund patient care, education and research programs of the College.
                                                      
"It was with great pleasure that we were able to announce the opening of the public phase of our $10 million fundraising campaign, said Dr. Heath. "We already have more than $5.0 million committed!"

"The 2011 Eyes on New York Gala truly was a remarkable evening in the history of the SUNY College of Optometry, reflected Dr. Heath. "Marking our anniversaries this year holds special significance and provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and envision the future.