Local Optometry College to Host Graduation and First-Ever “Eye” Ball
Illinois College of Optometry students to receive graduate degrees
and Illinois Eye Institute to offer gala
WHO & WHAT: Illinois College of Optometry, the largest and oldest educational institution dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists in the U.S., is pleased to announce the graduation of 148 of its students.
Saturday, Illinois College of Optometry representatives, students and family members will celebrate students’ four-year quest to become optometrists with a ceremony featuring keynote speaker Peter H. Kehoe, O.D., an ICO alum and president of the American Optometric Association, who currently practices in Galesburg, Illinois.
The celebration will continue Saturday evening with the first-ever “Eye” Ball Gala hosted by the Illinois Eye Institute Foundation at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. More than 300 people will enjoy dinner, dancing and the opportunity to bid on fantastic auction items. NBC-5’s Lauren Jiggetts will be the host of the event and Paul Vallas, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, will receive the “Visionary Award” for his work with student vision and learning issues in three major U.S. cities.
11 a.m., Saturday, May 16
|Eye Ball Gala
7 p.m., Saturday, May 16
University of Chicago Campus
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Eye Ball Gala
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About the Illinois College of Optometry
The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) provides excellence in optometric clinical education and is one of the world’s leading urban optometric institutions. Since its founding in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin, ICO has offered aspiring optometrists the education and experience needed to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment and become leaders who will advocate for patients and the profession alike. Located in Chicago, ICO has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility in the world dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. For more information about the Illinois College of Optometry, visit www.ico.edu.
About the Illinois Eye Institute
Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) is the clinical division of the Illinois College of Optometry. IEI is a nonprofit, multi-specialty eye center that provides comprehensive eye care to individuals of all ages from the Chicago area and beyond, regardless of their financial status. It is designed and staffed to meet general ocular health and visual needs and provide highly specialized optical services. The IEI has over 90,000 visits annually from a largely low-income, medically underserved patient population and provides charitable services and outreach programs to assist people in need, through its foundation. For more information about the Illinois Eye Institute, visit www.illinoiseyeinstitute.com.