Join us for the

11th Annual Fort Wayne VisionWalk

June 2017


We had an AMAZING day at our 10th Annual Fort Wayne VisionWalk on Saturday, June 11th! Special thanks to each and every one of you for everything you did to make walk day such a huge success. More than 415 walkers enjoyed a beautiful day at Headwaters Park to celebrate our fundraising efforts in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the critical research it funds. We enjoyed a gorgeous walk through downtown Fort Wayne, and had a fantastic time celebrating our milestone 10th Anniversary! We brought in over $8,400 on Walk day, and we have officially EXCEEDED our $60,000 goal! CONGRATULATIONS, AND GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

2016 Fort Wayne VisionWalk collage

A very special thank you to Walk Chair Brenda Niccum, Family Team Co-Chairs Anne Palmer & Kristin Snyder, Chapter President Rick Dahlstrom, Lions Club Chair Jim Platzer, Medical Chair Dr. Kendra N. Cunegin from Cataract & Laser Institute, Medical Chair Dr. Scott C. Richards from The Retinal Institute, Medical Chair Dr. Gohar Salam from Retina Institute of Indiana, and our amazing walk committee members Deb Glasper and Janice Platzer. Your leadership and dedication to the VisionWalk was the driving force behind our success!

Thank you to our sponsors, which included National Partners: Genentech and Regeneron; Community Champions: Cataract & Laser Institute and The Retinal Institute; Community Leaders: Germanfest, Retina Institute of Indiana, and Steel Dynamics, Inc.; Community Partners: Ash Brokerage, BakerStreet Steakhouse, Northeast Ophthalmology, and Premier Ophthalmic Services; and Community Supporters: Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club, Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Fort Wayne Central Lions Club, Grossnickle Eye Center, MJ Insurance, The Paper of Wabash County, Shoaff Park Lions Club, Sweetwater and Vision Ease. We are so grateful for your generosity!

Also, a special thank you to the in-kind donors and incredible volunteers who made Saturday such a great day for so many: Einstein Brothers Bagels, Fort Wayne Delta Gamma Alumni, Fort Wayne Komets, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Master of Ceremonies Curtis Smith from Parkview Health, Miss Fort Wayne Madison Seifert, Kroger, Kohl's, Lowe's, Meijer and Walmart.

And finally, a HUGE thank you to all the Team Captains, walkers, and volunteers! Your support, dedication, and energy made the day a true success! We truly couldn’t do it without you!

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Click here to see our Walk Day Photos!
Thank you to our official VisionWalk photographer,
Dean Oyer from Ash Brokerage, for the great shots!

Have You Collected Checks?
Remember - we can continue to raise funds for this year's VisionWalk until June 30th! Send checks in to our office to watch your thermometer climb! Checks should be made out to "Foundation Fighting Blindness" and please include a note with your team name.

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Attn: Fort Wayne VisionWalk
977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 140
Vernon Hills, IL  60061

Become a VisionWalk All Star VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790
Every individual who raises $1,000 or more for VisionWalk will be inducted into the All Stars Club and will receive a commemorative All Star pin. Congratulations to our All Stars!

VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790Rick Dahlstrom, Designed to Succeed 
VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790Debra Glasper, S.O.S.
VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790Brenda Niccum,
Optic Nervana & Taylor Chapel Team Brenda
VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790Anne Palmer, Macular Degenerates
VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790Kristin Snyder, Team Daniel


For more information, contact:

Rachel Martin, Events Manager Square Bullet Point  (847) 680-0100  Square Bullet Point
Lynda Shellist, Events Assistant
Square Bullet Point  (847) 680-0100  Square Bullet Point 





Community Champions:

Cataract Eye Institute     The Retinal Institute Logo

Community Leaders:

Germanfest Logo            Retina Institute of Indiana logo     
Steel Dynamics, Inc. logo

Community Partners:

Ash Brokerage

BakerStreet Steakhouse

Northeast Ophthalmology

Premier Ophthalmic Services