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Lighthouse International  Gala

Roger Goldman, chairman Board of Directors Lighthouse International; Barbara Saltzman, Chuck Scarborough, Clive Davis, Tara Cortes, president of Lighthouse International.

Music legend Clive Davis joined Stephen Marriott, Hollywood producer Marty Richards, News Channel 4 anchor Chuck Scarborough and many other celebrities and honorees for the “Music of Winternight” Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on March 7. The event which attracted more than 750 people raised one million dollars for Lighthouse programs which serve people with visual impairments.
The black tie event was chaired by Barbara Saltzman.  Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough saluted “Lighthouse Legends” Clive Davis, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Carol Channing. Veteran film star Arlene Dahl accepted for Carol Channing.
The evening's honorees Stephen Marriott, executive vice President, Marriott International Inc., and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, president, Product Development, Genentech, Inc. spoke as well. President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter and Senator John E. Sununu were Honorary Patrons. The evening's co-chairs included Cece Cord; Ella Krasner; Marty Richards; Morgan Stanley's Ann D. Thivierge and The Macula Foundation's Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD.

One of the programs that will benefit from the event is the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, which was founded in 1913, and provides the highest quality music instruction to youngsters and adults, including professional musicians, who are visually impaired. The Music School encourages people to explore their creative talents, prepare for performances and reap the benefits of lifelong musical learning. A highlight of the evening was a performance by the music students led by Dr. Leslie Jones, Director of the Music School and the release of the school's first CD, “A Musical Tapestry,” which includes jazz, folk songs, popular tunes and a selection from the classical repertoire.  
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through services, education, research and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.

Honoree Susan Desmond Hellmann, honoree Stephen Marriott, Tara Cortes.

Rhianna Quinn and Somers Farkas.

Candra and Mathew Sapolin with Compass.

Cece Cord, Michelle Marie, Tara Cortes.

Marty Richards and Ella Krasner.

Adria de Haume and Dr. Lawrence Yannuzzi.

Barbara Tober, Aldon James, Sharon Bush.

Carmen Dell Orefice.

Elaine Sargent.

Hunt Slonem and Sylvia Miles.

Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl.

Brian and Debbie Wood.

Photos: © Patrick McMullan/Scott Rudd PMc
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