Deaconess Associations, Inc. (DAI) and chairman of the board Tony Woods were honored for outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in southwest Ohio at Prevent Blindness Ohio’s 20th Annual People of Vision Award Dinner recently.
Deaconess Associations, Inc. and its chairman of the board Tony Woods were honored recently for outstanding leadership and philanthropic work in southwest Ohio by Prevent Blindness Ohio. More than 350 people attended an event that raised $118,000 for vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care and vision research support. From left are Gary (Doc) Huffman, Ken Stecher, Nyoshua Anderson, Sherry Williams, honoree Tony Woods and Jim Schwab. (Submitted Photo)
DAI is a diverse healthcare organization that owns and operates five senior living communities in Ohio and Kansas and the Deaconess Health Campus in Cincinnati. Its foundation supports a variety of philanthropic causes.
More than 350 people attended the event which raised more than $118,000 to support Prevent Blindness Ohio’s sight-saving programs, including vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care, and vision research support.
Ohio National Financial Services and Gary (Doc) Huffman, chairman, president and CEO, hosted the event at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland on March 13. Medical Edge reporter Liz Bonis from WKRC-TV’s Good Morning Cincinnati served as emcee.
Deaconess independently manages in-home and educational initiatives, including Deaconess Medical Monitoring and Heimlich Heroes. It also supports a number of philanthropic initiatives through the Deaconess Associations Foundation, including the Deaconess Foundation Scholarship Program, Health Care Access Now, Deaconess Health Check, and the Independent Transportation Network GreaterCincinnati (ITNGC).
The People of Vision Award was established in 1985 by Prevent Blindness Ohio to honor and recognize visionary organizations and their top leadership for outstanding work that enhances the quality of life within their communities. The premise of the People of Vision Award is that our community is enriched by such leadership, which reflects a “vision of community” to be celebrated and emulated. It’s been recognized as one of Southwest Ohio’s premier charitable events.
Half of all blindness is preventable and the number of blind and visually-impaired is expected to double by the year 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem, according to Prevent Blindness Ohio. It is estimated that the economic impact of visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $5.4 billion annually.