14. March 2013
The following article is from stltoday.com
BY JMD | Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:44 AM
The Internationally Distinguished Leslie Dana Award Will Be Presented at VIP Reception & Fundraising Dinner
Join leaders in business, medicine, media, philanthropy and social work as St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired (http://www.SLSBVI.org) hosts The Visionary Gala awards dinner on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at The Palladium Saint Louis.
The Society’s Visionary Gala will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and wine service, superb desserts, and a presentation of the internationally distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal. Music will be provided by Silk Pajamas. Society Visionary Awards for community service also will be presented. Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Sabra Engelbrecht are chairing the event and are joined by sponsors AT&T, Northern Trust, Bethesda Health Group and Nidec Motors.
Douglas D. Koch, M.D., a foremost scholar, clinician, surgeon and Professor of Ophthalmology who is The Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, will be the 63rd recipient of the distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal. The Leslie Dana Gold Medal has been awarded by the Society since 1925 to many of the world’s most highly respected scholars and clinicians for commendable service in eyesight research, ophthalmology, vision sciences and social services.
The Visionary Gala will occur at The Palladium Saint Louis located at the revitalized City Hospital complex at 1400 Park Place in Historic Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63104. The evening is black tie optional.
Dr. Robert Drews is Honorary Chair of the Visionary Gala. The Society’s Drews Low Vision Clinic is named in honor of Dr. Drews and his late father, Dr. Leslie Drews, who helped lead and guide the Society as members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for many years. Dr. Robert Drews said, “The Society is a vital community asset that helps children, adults and seniors overcome vision challenges and discover new ways of living, working and enriching their lives.”