Hall of Fame Sports Writer to Speak at 2018 POV Award Luncheon


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Hal McCoy, Hall of Fame Sports Writer, to Speak at Event Benefitting Prevent Blindness Honoring DMS ink and Christine Soward

                                                                   as the 2018 People of Vision Award Recipient

Dayton, OH (Feb. 13, 2018) – The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, Discover Classical WDPR & Shaun Yu and the Levin Family Foundation & Karen Levin are pleased to announce that, DMS ink and Christine Soward, President will be honored at the Annual People of Vision Award Event for the outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in the community. The award will be presented by Discover Classical WDPR & Shaun Yu, President and the Levin Family Foundation & Karen Levin, Executive Director at the luncheon ceremony on February 14, 2018 at 11:30am at the Dayton Country Club.

Hall McCoy, Baseball Hall of Fame sports writer for the Cincinnati Reds, will share his personal story of vision loss with guests at the People of Vision Award Luncheon.  Hal became legally blind after suffering an optic nerve stroke in both eyes.

The People of Vision Award Luncheon  raises awareness among community leaders and over $30,000 to support the sight saving programs of Prevent Blindness including vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care and vision research support.

“DMS ink and Christine Soward possess an exemplary commitment to serving our community and providing resources to people in need living in Montgomery County,” said Gery Deer, Chair of the Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of Prevent Blindness. He also added, “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.”

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 Montgomery County 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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