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11th Annual
Fort Wayne VisionWalk

We had a fantastic day at our 11th Annual Fort Wayne VisionWalk on Saturday, June 10th! Special thanks to each and every one of you for everything you did to make walk day such a huge success. We exceeded our $60,000 goal the day before the Walk AND brought in more than $5,000 on Walk day – bringing our total funds raised to over $70,000! CONGRATULATIONS! Over 450 walkers enjoyed a great day at Headwaters Park to celebrate our fundraising efforts in support of the Foundation and the critical research it funds.


A very special thank you to Walk Co-Chairs Brenda Niccum and Kristin Snyder; Family Team Chair Anne Palmer; Lions Club Chair Jim Platzer, Medical Chairs Kendra N. Cunegin, OD from Cataract & Laser Institute, Scott C. Richards, MD from The Retinal Institute, and Gohar Salam, MD from Retina Institute of Indiana; Chapter President Rick Dahlstrom, and 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 Visionary Benefactor: Genentech; VisionWalk Gold Partner: Regeneron; VisionWalk Silver Partner: The Allergan Foundation; Community Champions: Cataract & Laser Institute and The Retinal Institute; Community Leaders: Germanfest, Retina Institute of Indiana, and WFFT-TV; Community Partners: Ash Brokerage, Current, powered by GE, Lions of Indiana, Northeast Ophthalmology, Parkview Health, and Steel Dynamics, Inc.; Community Supporters: Grossnickle Eye Center, Inc., Hicksville Eagles #2556 Ladies Auxiliary, and Military Vehicle Repair & Restoration, Inc. We are so grateful for your generosity!

Also, a special thank you to the in-kind donors who made Saturday such a great day for so many: Einstein Brothers Bagels, Germanfest, Kroger, Lowe’s, Meijer, Dean Oyer, Sam’s Club, The Original Bagel, 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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Check out our 2017 Fort Wayne VisionWalk Photos here! Pasword: Sight

Thank you to our official VisionWalk photographer, Dean Oyer, for the fantastic photos!

Congratulations to our Walk Day Contest Winners!

  • Top Corporate Fundraising Team: Cataract & Laser Institute/The Retinal Institute, Team Captain Dr. Kendra Cunegin
  • Top Family Fundraising Team: Team Michaela and The Fort Wayne Smallest Winners, Team Captain Michaela Smith
  • Best Team T-Shirt: Team Daniel, Team Captain Kristin Snyder
  • Best Team Spirit: Team HFEC, Team Captain Emily Snyder

Have You Collected Checks?
Send them in to our office to watch your thermometer climb! We can collect donations for this year's VisionWalk through June 30th.

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

Congratulations to our VisionWalk All Stars!
Every individual who raises $1,000 or more for VisionWalk is inducted into the All Stars Club and receives a commemorative All Star Pin. Congratulations to our 2017 All Stars!
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Rick Brundage
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Rick Dahlstrom
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Deb Glasper
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Brenda Niccum
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Michaela Smith
  VisionWalk :MILESTONE:2790 Kristin Snyder

For more information, contact:
Rachel Martin, Events Manager
(847) 680-0100  Square Bullet Point

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


Visionary Benefactor:

Genentech Logo

VisionWalk Gold Partner:
Regeneron Logo

VisionWalk Silver Partner:
Allergan Foundation Logo

Community Champions:
Cataract Eye Institute          The Retinal Institute Logo

Community Leaders:
Germanfest Logo   Retina Institute of Indiana logo    WFFT Fox Local News Fort Wayne - Logo

Community Partners:

Ash Brokerage

Current, powered by GE

Lions of Indiana

Northeast Ophthalmology

Parkview Health

Steel Dynamics, Inc.


Community Supporters:

Grossnickle Eye Center, Inc.

Hicksville Eagles #2556 Ladies Auxiliary

Military Vehicle Repair & Restoration, Inc.