Orbis Honors Special Guests at 2017 Annual Gala

October 2017

Orbis held 2017's annual Gala at the Rainbow Room, the iconic New York City landmark 65 stories above the Rockefeller Center.

“The fight to reduce avoidable blindness is working thanks to all of you.”

Bob Ranck, President and CEO of Orbis, began the night with a moving speech about his passion for eye health. 

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Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center

Last night, we welcomed over 260 special supporters, board members, Volunteer Faculty and partners to our annual Gala. The evening was filled with dinner and dancing to support the fight against avoidable blindness.

Omega watches

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OMEGA provided two of the first, new “Orbis” Speedmaster 38mm watches for silent auction. Two generous guests walked away with the specially created time pieces.

Honored Guests

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Honoree, David L. Gitlin, President of UTC Aerospace Systems, accepted the “Orbis” award on behalf of our newest Global Sponsor, UTC Aerospace Systems.

Beginning in 6 weeks, UTC Aerospace Systems is creating the world’s only Mobile Simulation Center on the Flying Eye Hospital. Simulation allows training in new techniques and competencies, refreshing existing skills, management of complications and improving patient safety. 

All of us at Orbis are grateful to have UTC Aerospace Systems as our new global corporate sponsor, one who recognizes the transformative role of technology in creating solutions.

Mr. Kevin McAllister

President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and chairman of the Orbis International Board.

Time Magazine

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Jeffrey Kluger, the evening’s host, is the Editor at Large for TIME magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His most recent nonfiction book, Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, was published in May this yearHe is the author of eight other books, including Apollo 13—coauthored with Jim Lovell—which served as the basis of the 1995 movie.

Family affair

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Special thanks to Kathie Knight and three of her four sons in attendance, Jim, George and Spencer.

A Special Thank You

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A big thank you to all of our special guests who attended last week’s gala. It’s because of people like you, that we can help end avoidable blindness all around the world.