More than 550 people will attend the event, which will feature dresses made from recycled eyewear. The fashion show, which grossed more than $225,000 last year, will fund vision services for Georgia’s uninsured. As an annual fundraiser for the foundation, Night of Spectacles raises money for thousands of uninsured Georgians who receive vision services from the Lighthouse every year.
This year’s event will include a juried runway show, featuring doctors as models and a silent auction. The event is chaired by Emory Eye Center’s head ophthalmologist, Timothy W. Olsen, M.D., and his wife, Virginia.
Dresses are made using pieces of recycled eyewear by fashion design students from art schools across Georgia. At the juried show, the winning student will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Judges include Laura Turner Seydel, national environmental advocate and chair of the Captain Planet Foundation; Lee Cox, the costuming track director for DragonCon; Nina Gleyzer, award-winning couture designer; and Mindy Hylton, marketing director for Modern Luxury.
In addition to the fashion contest, the event offers more than 100 silent auction items and a live auction with highlights such as an African photo safari, Italian villa getaways, designer eyewear and more. The foundation relies on the support of many sponsors, medical partners and volunteers to provide services to the uninsured throughout Georgia.
“Every year this event gets larger, helping more people to receive the vision care they need,” said Jim Adams, the foundation’s executive director. “We are thrilled that the vision and philanthropic communities have come together to support us. This year the designs are the most creative I’ve ever seen. For those who care about the uninsured, vision health or fashion, this event is a must.”
In 2012, the organization provided eye exams and eyeglasses to more than 5,000 Georgians at 28 statewide clinics. The foundation also assisted in providing more than 430 sight-saving eye surgeries and 1,800 hearing aids.
Responding to sharp increases in demand, the Lighthouse moved to a new facility in 2011, with expanded clinic capacity and enabled the foundation to open its first ever on-site optical lab.
Tickets and information: visit www.NightofSpectacles.org.