Night for Sight Gala
On September 9, 2011, the Department of Ophthalmology's International Division hosted a Night for Sight, a fundraising gala to support its mission of providing eye care relief within the developing world and helping facilitate subspecialty training of International Physicians who will visit UNMC between now and 2013.
"We'd like to extend our thanks to the over 190 attendees in addition to those donors who were unable to attend that helped us to raise $38,500." --Jessica Feilmeier, Development Director.
Presenting keynote was Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah and Director of International Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center. As co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and the seventh person in history to climb the “Seven Summits,” Dr. Tabin’s combined international efforts have resulted in the screening of over 1 million patients and over 250,000 sight-restoring surgeries performed in regions where medical care was previously unavailable.
Last year, Dr. Tabin was featured on the cover of the December 2009/January 2010 National Geographic Adventure magazine, and given the name “Dr. Extreme”. The year prior, Dr. Tabin received the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” award presented to him by The Dalai Lama.