Southern California College of Optometry’s Third Annual Shared Visions Gala to Showcase Visually Impaired Artists

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YORBA LINDA, Calif.—The third annual Shared Visions Gala will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. The Gala program includes selections from the Shared Visions Art Exhibit, showcasing works by blind or visually impaired artists, with some of the artists in attendance at the Gala. The Shared Visions Gala is the signature event for Marshall B. Ketchum University of Fullerton, Calif., a new name for the expanded University, which includes the Southern California College of Optometry and the new School of Physician Assistant Studies.

A special V-Award will be presented to honorees for their volunteer and humanitarian services, with past recipients including Thomas Tooma, MD, a pioneer in the world of LASIK surgery, and Natalia Olenicoff, vice president of Olen Properties Corporation Commercial Division, who is dedicated to helping people affected by vision impairment and blindness. For a third year, Frances and Steve Knott of Fullerton will serve as honorary co-chairs, and PBS SoCal producer, reporter and host Maria Hall-Brown will serve as mistress of ceremonies. A silent auction will be held with proceeds of the Gala going toward the facilitation of health care education and the innovative delivery of care to the underserved in the community.