(New York – 11/28) - The annual Henry A. Grunwald Award for public service will be bestowed upon two outstanding leaders at Lighthouse International, who have advanced awareness of vision impairment and rehabilitation. The awards will be presented by emcee Liz Smith during a luncheon held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. at The Metropolitan Club, located on 1 East 60th St.  The annual event hosted by Lighthouse International, will honor Anita Volz Wein and Dr. Bruce Rosenthal.

Dr. Bruce P. Rosenthal is Chief of Low Vision Programs at Lighthouse International and has been affiliated with the organization since 1974. He is a Diplomat in Low Vision, an Adjunct Professor at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Dr. Rosenthal is the former Chair of the AMD Alliance International and its Scientific Advisory Board and former Chair of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association Low Vision sections. Dr. Rosenthal is the author of seven books, including Living Well with Macular Degeneration. He lectures extensively throughout the world and is regularly featured in major media.

Anita Volz Wien is a member of the Lighthouse New York Advisory Board and was formerly a long-term member of the Lighthouse Board of Directors. Ms. Wien is Vice Chairman of Observatory Group Management.   Previously, she was a partner and Vice Chairman of the G7 Group. Prior to that experience, she was Senior Vice President of Oxford Analytica, a political and economic consulting firm, which she joined after a 20 year career in the brokerage industry, investment management, and commercial banking.  A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Wien serves on the Board of Trustees of Foreign Affairs. She is also a member of the Economic Club of New York, and sits on the boards of Smith College, and Prep-for-Prep.

The event is named in honor of the late Henry A. Grunwald. During his lifetime, Mr. Grunwald was the US Ambassador to Austria, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., and noted author of Twilight: Losing Sight, Gaining Insight. The personal account of his experience with the onset of macular degeneration gave a much-needed public voice to the private struggles shared by millions of Americans.  The Honorary Chair of the event is Louise Grunwald.  Co-chairs are Richard and Gail Elden and Jonathan and Candace Wainwright. 

Tickets for the luncheon range from $350 for a Friend to $25,000 for a Visionary Table.
For information contact 212-821-94277 or kboyle@lighthouse.org  

About Lighthouse International
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit www.lighthouse.org.                                               





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