Columbus POV Release 2017


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Prevent Blindness

Whitney Anderson

Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 105

E-mail: [email protected]

                          Prevent Blindness, Huntington National Bank and Jim Kunk Name the Columbus Clippers and

                                                            Ken Schnacke as 2017 People of Vision Award Recipient

COLUMBUS, OH (Feb. 7, 2017) – Prevent Blindness and Huntington National Bank are pleased to announce The Columbus Clippers and Ken Schnacke, President & General Manager will be honored at the 32nd Annual People of Vision Award for their outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in Central Ohio. The award will be presented by Huntington National Bank and Jim Kunk, Regional President at the dinner ceremony on March 7, 2017 at the Boat House at Confluence Park.

Over 300 people attend the People of Vision Award Dinner each year and the event raises over $100,000 to support sight-saving programs of the the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness including vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care and vision research support.

“The Columbus Clippers and Ken Schnacke possess an exemplary commitment to serving our community and providing resources to people in need living in Central Ohio,” said Mike D’Ippolito, Prevent Blindness Board 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:

  • Ann Aquillo, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

  • Lindsay Baker, Huntington National Bank

  • Patty Barton, Huntington National Bank

  • Jenny Camper, Lesic & Camper Communications

  • Mike D’Ippolito, Nationwide Insurance

  • Vic Ferguson, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLC

  • Steven Fields, Huntington National Bank

  • Rhoe Fields, LBrands

  • Ashely Held, Columbus Clippers

  • Meghan Hill, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

  • Isi Ikharebha, Physicians CareConnection

  • George Kademenos, VSP Global

  • Carolyn King, Huntington National Bank

  • Jim Kunk, Huntington National Bank

  • Sherry Lewis, VP and Corporate Secretary

  • Kathy Loken, Community Volunteer

  • The Honorable Betty Montgomery, MacMurray, Petersen & Shuster LLP

  • Julie Racine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

  • Ken Schnacke, Columbus Clippers

  • Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired

  • Kent Stuckey, Quancomm

  • Dean VanNasdale, The Ohio State University College of Optometry

  • Marisa Weisel, Vorys Health Care Advisors

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 which reflects a “vision of community” to be celebrated and emulated. It’s been recognized as one of Central 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.

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