The Boat House at Confluence Park provided an idyllic setting for the Prevent Blindness Ohio 2014 People of Vision Award, held on Thursday evening. Approximately 320 individual and corporate guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, vision-related activities and an award ceremony emceed by WBNS-10TV anchor Jeff Hogan.
Steven Davis, chairman and CEO of New Albany-based Bob Evans, was the recipient of the 29th annual People of Vision Award. Davis and his wife, Lynnda Davis, are very active in the philanthropic community. Bob Evans has put corporate support behind a number of Davis' nonprofit causes, including Pelotonia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Davis was tapped for the People of Vision Award by previous recipient and event chairman Jordan Miller, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank. (Fifth Third sponsored the event.)
Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery introduced and bestowed the award on Davis (pictured at right). Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, an honorary PBO board member, was also among last night's speakers. Established in 1985, next year marks the 30th anniversary of the People of Vision Award. During his acceptance speech, Davis announced his selection for next year's award recipient and event chair: Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith.
Founded in 1957, Prevent Blindness Ohio is a nonprofit advocacy, early detection and support-services provider. PBO served 800,000 Ohioans in 2013. The organization is volunteer-driven, depending entirely on individual, corporate and foundation donations (it receives no government or United Way funding). PBO partners with Central Ohio retailers, vision labs and optometrists to gain nearly 10,000 in-kind donations of vision products and services. To volunteer, donate or learn more about PBO programs, visit Ohio.PreventBlindness.org.