Vision of Children. Curing Childhood Blindness.
In 1989, doctors predicted a dim future for Sam and Vivian Hardage’s son, who was born with ocular albinism type 1 (OA1), a rare, but debilitating, genetic eye disease. Ophthalmologists told them that there was “no treatment,” “no cure” and “no hope.” Very little was known about the disorder because few scientists were researching hereditary vision disorders. So, in 1991 the San Diego couple established the non-profit organization Vision of Children Foundation to encourage research and help cure hereditary childhood blindness and vision disorders. Based in San Diego, VOC has been a driving force in funding groundbreaking research in its quest to find a cure for genetically caused vision disorders for children around the world.
On September 8, Concert With A Vision – To Cure Childhood Blindness will take place at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. After 26 years of groundbreaking research, scientists sponsored by The Vision of Children Foundation are blazing new trails to find a cure for genetically caused blindness. This event seeks to raise a million dollars to fund the remaining two years of this ground-breaking research to find a cure for these forms of vision disorders.
This entertaining evening will feature a VIP Champagne Reception, hosted dinner, live and silent auctions, and surprise entertainment, culminating in a concert performance by Gary Puckett.
A former San Diego resident, Puckett’s unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits for his band, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, including “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” and “Lady Willpower.” Puckett has performed on more than thirty network television shows and prime time specials during his career, even adding a command performance for the President and Prince Charles at the White House.
Committee Co-Chairs: Vivian Hardage and Jacki Johnson Widder
Honorary Chairs: Linda and Marc Edwards
Honorary Committee: Marilyn Fletcher, Susan Hoehn, Reena Horowitz, Diane Martin, Kristi Pieper, Evelyn Rady, Jeri Rovsek, Sharon Stein
Event Committee: Teri Barnes, Linda Blankenship, Sandra Coufal, Maria Delgado, Karolyn Dorsee, Stephanie Friedrich, Wanda Garner, Rosalie Gerevas, Stephanie Hanson, Juanita Hayes, Sue Higgins, Suzi Kenyon, Ursula Kuster, Tamara Lafarga Joseph, Ginger Levy, Elizabeth MacLeod, Maureen McMahon, Sherrie Napierskie, Jana Peck, Connie Pittard, Patty Queen, Sylvia Re, Jan Reital, Carol Sciotto, Lori Simon, Lisa Stennes, Pam Theodosakis, Donna Vance, Lynne Wheeler, Allison Williams, Rhonda Wilson