2017 Northwest People of Vision Award Dinner


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Prevent Blindness

Whitney Anderson

Phone: 800-301-2020 ext.105

E-mail: [email protected]

Prevent Blindness and Rudolph/Libbe Group honor St. Luke’s Hospital and Dan Wakeman with the 2017 People of Vision Award


TOLEDO, OH (March 8, 2017) – The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness and Rudolph/Libbe Group are pleased to announce that St. Luke’s Hospital and Dan Wakeman, President and CEO will be honored at the 14th Annual People of Vision Award Dinner for their outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in Northwest Ohio. The award will be presented by Prevent Blindness at a dinner ceremony on March 28, 2017 at The Pinnacle. William Rudolph, Chairman of Rudolph/Libbe Group is Chairman of the event.
Over 100 people attend the People of Vision Award Dinner each year which raises over $50,000 to support Prevent Blindness sight saving programs including vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care, and vision research.
“St. Luke’s Hospital and Dan Wakeman, President and CEO possess an exemplary commitment to serving our community and providing resources to people in need living in Northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Gregory Rosenthal, Prevent Blindness Northwest Ohio Chapter Executive Council Chair “Their support of the community provides a strong foundation for families to build upon and Prevent Blindness is proud to honor them with this award,” he added.
Members of the People of Vision Award Committee include:

  • Meri Askins, Rudolph Libbe Group

  • Reggie Bradley, PNC Financial Services Group

  • Keith Burmeister, St. Luke’s Hospital

  • Melissa Cardenas, BGSU

  • Marty Connors, Brooks / USI

  • Michelle Dean, Rudolph Libbe Group

  • Julie Grasson, Toledo / Lucas County CareNet

  • Greg Rosenthal, MD, Alliance Retina, LLC

  • Breanne Rubin, Eastman & Smith Ltd.

  • Bill Rudolph, Rudolph Libbe Group

  • Jan Ruma, Toledo / Lucas County CareNet

  • Jennifer Schaefer, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

  • Nate Schroeder, GEM Inc.

  • Michelle Soliz, University of Toledo

  • Nickolas Stack, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrich,LLP

  • John Stout, St. Luke’s Hospital

  • Will Tunis, KeyBank

  • Dan Wakeman, St. Luke’s Hospital

  • Gail Zimmerman, Rudolph Libbe Group

The People of Vision Award was established in 1985 by the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness to honor and recognize visionary organizations and their top leadership for the outstanding work they have undertaken to enhance the quality of life within their communities. The premise of the People of Vision Award is that our community is enriched by such leadership that reflects a “vision of community” to be celebrated and emulated. It’s been recognized as one of Northwest Ohio’s premier charitable events.
Half of all blindness is preventable and the number of blind and visually impaired is expected to double by the year 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem. Furthermore, it is estimated that the economic impact of visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $5.4 billion annually. 
About Prevent Blindness 
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.  Or, visit us on the web at or and Twitter at!/PB_Ohio.