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Ketchum focuses on children at annual gala, awards

October 3, 2013
Allergan Chairman of the Board and CEO David Pyott; Anthony Rath, a child in the community who has been helped by Marshall B. Ketchum University's (MBKU's) Eye Care Center; and MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., during the ribbon-cutting for the university's mobile vision van Eye Force One.

Allergan Chairman of the Board and CEO David Pyott; Anthony Rath, a child in the community who has been helped by Marshall B. Ketchum University’s (MBKU’s) Eye Care Center; and MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., during the ribbon-cutting for the university’s mobile vision van Eye Force One.

For their philanthropic impact and humanitarian support of optometry, 270 people joined Marshall B. Ketchum University at the third annual Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards in September at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., to honor a corporate partner, the university’s founder, and a special artist.

With a theme of “Sharing Vision – Changing Lives” and a focus on supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County, alumni, faculty and friends came out in support of the signature fundraising event, raising more than $175,000 for Marshall B. Ketchum University of Fullerton, Calif.

Awards included:

  • Corporate V–Award to Allergan, Inc., Irvine, accepted by Allergan Chairman of the Board and CEO David Pyott, for being a “multispecialty health care company committed to addressing unmet medical and community needs to help people reach their life’s potential.”
  • Founder’s V–Award to Marshall B. Ketchum, M.D., accepted by the Ketchum family, for being a “pioneer in optometry and founder of the third-oldest college of optometry in the U.S.”
  • Shared Visions Artist Award to Susan Joy Gustafson, of Vancouver, Wash., for being “compelled to paint vivid floral and tropical scenes from her mind’s eye after being diagnosed with a progressive rare eye condition.”
Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), is proud of the support of The Allergan Foundation, a major sponsor of the mobile vision van, Eye Force One.  The van made its official debut at the University's third annual Shared Visions Gala and V–Awards held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA, on Thursday, September 19.  MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., (center), is pictured with Allergan's Mark Risher, David Pyott, Aziz Mottiwala, and Dave Gibson.

Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), is proud of the support of The Allergan Foundation, a major sponsor of the mobile vision van, Eye Force One. The van made its official debut at the University’s third annual Shared Visions Gala and V–Awards held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA, on Thursday, September 19. MBKU President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., (center), is pictured with Allergan’s Mark Risher, David Pyott, Aziz Mottiwala, and Dave Gibson.

“Our third-annual Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards is particularly exciting because of our new university name and our transition into an interprofessional healthcare institution,” said Marshall B. Ketchum University President Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.

Thirteen members of the extended Ketchum family were in attendance to receive Dr. Ketchum’s posthumous award and to celebrate the new naming with Marshall B. Ketchum University.

The Gala and V–Awards program included selections from the Shared Visions Art Exhibit, showcasing works by blind or visually impaired artists and, as a new addition this year, a wall of art created by blind or visually impaired children.

Gold sponsors of the Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards were Allergan, Essilor and NVision.

For more on the Shared Visions Gala & V–Awards, visit http://www.ketchum.edu/sharedvisions.

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