"Night for Sight" Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction on May 12, 2012
Humanity First USA's Night for Sight2012
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support Humanity First USA's Night for Sight please consider making a donation.
Humanity First USA will be holding the inaugural "Night for Sight" fundraising dinner and silent auction on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm at Pipers Banquets in Aurora, Illinois. The event will be raising funds for the Humanity First USA banner program, Gift of Sight, and the general Humanity First USA fund.
The Gift of Sight program seeks to cure blindness by sending eye care teams abroad to help those in need by setting up eye camps for adults and children, teaching local health care professionals new techniques to treat eye diseases, and donating medications, eyeglasses and equipment. Medical and student volunteers have traveled to Guatemala for the past two years to perform cataract surgeries and full eye exams for free. In October of 2011, the Humanity First USA volunteers held a week- long eye camp at Proyecto Salud y Paz in Chichicastenango, Guatemala with the support of the Humanity First Guatemala team. Over 125 patients received eye exams and recycled prescription eyeglasses and 30 cataract surgeries were performed.
Humanity First Guatemala Executive Director, David Gonzalez, will be speaking at the dinner to share his experiences from the Gift of Sight annual clinics. Since its inception in January 2010, David has been leading Humanity First Guatemala to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for Guatemalans in need. He has coordinated logistics for both Gift of Sight missions, including arranging triage and post-operation clinics for patients. Under his guidance, the Humanity First Water for Life initiative has built over 100 water wells to serve over a thousand individuals in Masagua, and a state-of-the-art Humanity First computer training center has been established in Antigua.
Guest speaker Dr. Eileen Gable will be sharing her expertise on international medical missions. She is an optometrist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and has traveled to Guatemala on several occasions for medical missions. Dr. Gable, along with several other Loyola doctors, will be joining the Gift of Sight team in late 2012 for their annual eye clinic in Guatemala.
The program will also include a screening of the Gift of Sight 2011 documentary and remarks from Gift of Sight Program Director Dr. Ahsan Khan, Humanity First USA Executive Director, Munum Naeem, Nancy Rex from Lions Club and Dr. Jeffery Lynch from ReSpectacle.
Night for Sight 2012 Silent Auction Donors
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.