The Illinois Eye-Bank, which recovers corneal tissue to restore eyesight to more than 1,000 Illinois residents each year (plus more than 1,000 people in other countries), hosted its 15th annual Gift of Sight gala June 27. The event, chaired by Dr. David Donnersberger and emceed by the Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker, honored Northwestern University ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Feder and Splash editor/publisher Susanna Negovan for the work they’ve done in their fields.
Greg Hyder, director of catering at The Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior) and former Eye-Bank honoree, planned an evening perfectly in sync with the theme: Guests, including organ donation proponent and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, stepped into a mini photo studio for a close-up eye portrait, and later enjoyed cocktails and a city view on the Shanghai Terrace. DJ Megan Taylor kept the party bumping as guests perused auction items like a getaway to the St. Regis Punta Mita and a private tour of Terlato Winery in Napa Valley. More than $100,000 was raised for the Eyebank’s mission and to provide cornea transplant surgeries.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Illinois Eye Bank, up to a total of $10,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen