Smart Business Honored at the 2017 People of Vision Award Dinner


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                            Smart Business and Fred Koury honored at the 2017 People of Vision Award Dinner Program

CLEVELAND, OH (Nov. 28, 2017) – Smart Business and Fred Koury, President & CEO, were recognized for their outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in Northeast Ohio at the Prevent Blindness 22nd Annual People of Vision Award Dinner. The award was presented by The Illuminating Company and President John E. Skory.

Over 160 people attended the event which raised over $60,000 to support the sight-saving programs Prevent Blindness, which include vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care and vision research support.

The Illuminating Company and John E. Skory, President hosted the dinner on Wednesday, Nov.15 at Music Box Supper Club. News anchor, Monica Robins, WKYC Channel 3 served as emcee for the event.

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 is recognized as one of Northeast  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.


Pictured above (L to R): Northeast Ohio Executive Council Chair Bill Beard, Statewide Board Chair Sherry Lewis, John E. Skory, President of The Illuminating Company, Fred Koury President & CEO of Smart Business and Sherry Williams President & CEO of Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate.

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