Eleventh Annual Looking Out for Kids Charity Fundraiser

Eleventh Annual Looking Out for Kids Charity Fundraiser

Hundreds of guests gathered to wine, dine, bid and dance the night away all for a good cause – Salus University’s eleventh annual Looking Out for Kids (LOFK) charity fundraiser. This year’s philanthropic festivities were held on the evening of Saturday, November 11 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill.

The LOFK fundraiser and initiative was originally established to benefit The Eye Institute’s (TEI) School Vision Programs. Through these programs, doctors and students regularly provide vision care screenings, comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged children in the Philadelphia and Montgomery County schools. 

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NBC10 reporter and anchor Rosemary Connors co-hosted the fundraiser for the third time. University president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, started the night off with a warm welcome. In honor of Veteran’s Day, he also took the opportunity to recognize those who served in the armed forces.

Shelly Yanoff, former executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, was honored this year with the Lighthouse Award for her unwavering advocacy of quality healthcare, child care and public education. The award honors those who are beacons of light in the community in which they live, work, and serve, above and beyond their occupations.

By far the highlight of the evening was a heartwarming interview with Yerani Diaz-Hernandez, a student from Whitehall Elementary School in Norristown, Pa. She represented one of the many children who have received vision care and glasses thanks to TEI’s School Vision Program. While wearing her new purple-rimmed frames, the third grader spoke about how much her glasses have made a difference.
 
“Before, when I didn’t have the glasses [my teacher] would ask me questions, and I couldn’t see the board that well. I would just feel kind of bad for myself, but when the glasses came, I could see better, and I felt proud of myself,” she said.

There were also over 30 auction items available for bidding throughout the night. Some of those items included a Phillies Phan package featuring a jersey autographed by catcher Cameron Rupp, a baseball signed by infielder Andrés Blanco, and a hat signed by two-time World Series Champion Shane Victorino.

One of the biggest live-auction items was a New York City package featuring a one-night stay at the Refinery Hotel at Bryant Park, a $500 Broadway gift certificate, $150 for dinner at High Street on Hudson and $50 toward travel around town.

Total funds raised came from auction sales, program advertisements, monetary donations and the generous support of corporate sponsors. A special thank you to the event’s title sponsor National Vision. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards TEI’s continued effort to provide comprehensive vision care and eye glasses to underserved children in need.


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