September 1, 2016 - New England College of Optometry, NECO, held a successful kick-off reception for their Profiles in Vision Dinner Gala on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Beacon Street Campus. The Profiles in Vision Dinner gala is NECO’s signature fundraising event. Nearly fifty guests attended the evening event representing NECO and the Boston community.
The evening’s presentation focused on the College’s commitment to Leadership, Innovation and Access as President Clifford Scott, OD ’68, MPH, welcomed leaders from the College faculty and staff, community health centers, the health care industry and the Boston business community.
Joseph P. Zolner, EdD, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs, Harvard Graduate School of Education and NECO Board of Trustees, spoke directly to the issue of leadership and urged those in attendance to help lead the charge for increasing awareness of the event and the work being done by the College.
Paul Saner, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind noted the ways in which the College faculty and students help increase access to care for individuals with low vision or those who are legally blind by bringing care directly to underserved communities where it is needed most.
President Clifford Scott, OD ’68, MPH, noted NECO’s innovative programs that help students carry on the College’s longstanding tradition of serving the community.
The 2016 Profiles In Vision dinner gala will take place on October 26 at 6:30 pm at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Profiles In Vision 2016 will highlight and support NECO'S extraordinary work and service to the regional community in vision rehabilitation. Proceeds from the event will help support the New England College of Optometry’s low vision and rehabilitation services and programs.
New England College of Optometry is committed to raising awareness, providing care, and helping train doctors to serve the low vision community. Through services at our New England Eye comprehensive vision centers and clinical affiliates, as well as services on the mobile vision clinic, On-Sight, NECO is able to low vision services to older adults in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. Established in 2010 to address the visual needs of at-risk children and adults, the On-Sight mobile optometry clinic travels with a licensed specialist pediatric optometrist or low vision specialist on board, bringing care to communities throughout the state. On-Sight was parked outside the kick-off event and guests were welcomed to tour the mobile clinic.
This year’s honoree is the Honorable Janet LaBreck, Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind where she was instrumental in helping develop the Low Vision Service of our On-Sight Mobile Eye Clinic. She was awarded an honorary degree from the College in 2008. Other speakers include award-winning author Ben Mezrich.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States.
NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO fosters an ethos of inquiry, collaboration and life-long learning through programs that address the ever-changing health care system and new technologies for diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision and visual disorders related to disease. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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