Thank you New York VisionWalkers!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The 10th Annual New York VisionWalk took place on Saturday, April 16th and was a huge success! We had amazing weather, smiling faces, and over 500 people in attendance at the Central Park Bandshell. We have already raised over $235,000 for retinal disease research and donations continue to come in.

Our teams and walkers all did an amazing job reaching out to their networks to raise funds and awareness. We are still collecting donations until June 30th. Any additional donations can be sent to:

Foundation Fighting Blindness
New York VisionWalk
80 Broad Street, Suite 3301
New York, NY 10004 

VisionWalk Photos 
Our walk Day photos are here! Many thanks to our photographer - PhotoVideoGo - for capturing the day. Check out our photo album. If you'd like hi-res versions of any of these photos please email

If you took photos on walk day please share them with us. You can send any photos to or post them online using #NYVisionWalk2016. 

Thank you to our Walk Leaders!
A special thank you to our Walk Chairs: Julie Hwang, Karen & Nick Montagnese, and Jared Reiter; and our Medical Chairs Dr. John Khadem and Dr. Susan Schuettenberg as well as to our entire group who participated on our committee. Your leadership and dedication to the VisionWalk was a driving force behind our success.

Thank you to our Sponsors!
Thank you to our National Walk Partners Regeneron and Genentech. Thanks also to our local sponsors: The Allergan Foundation;The Shaw Family; MAC Products; Retina Specialists, PC; SUNY College of Optometry; Camp Towanda; The Treiber Family; Current, Powered by GE; Karp Capital Management; Apple Bank for Savings; iPaint & Contract; NY Giants; and Pediatric Ophthalmic Consultants.And a special thank you to Ferreira Foodtownfor donating all our water for the Refreshment Tent.

Thanks to our Teams & Walkers!
And, finally, a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of our team captains, walkers, and volunteers! Your support, dedication, and energy made the day a true celebration and success.

Congratulations to our Team Spirit Contest Winners!

Overall Team Spirit - Continuing their streak
SUNY College of Optometry

Small But Mighty
Kody's Journey to Sight

Best Team T-Shirt
Camp Towanda

The Shaw Challenge

We had 17 teams meet The Shaw Challenge this year - raising $2,500 or more this year. We are able to award six $1,000 bonuses and two $2,000 bonuses to some of our highest fundraising teams. Many thanks to all of our teams who took up the challenge and congratulations to our Shaw Challenge winners!

Six $1,000 Bonuses

Karen's Friends
Team Evelise
Team Moose
Vision Warriors

Two $2,000 Bonuses

Eye Candy
The James Sisters

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 9am Check-In / 10am Stage Presentation
Location: Central Park Bandshell, New York, NY 
     (Enter Park at 72nd Street)
Walk Chairs: Julie Hwang, Jared Reiter, Karen and Nick Montagnese
Medical Chairs: John Khadem, MD, MPH and Susan Schuettenberg, OD, FAAO 

The New York City and Long Island VisionWalks have merged into one larger event! We welcome all the members from both walks and look forward to celebrating with everyone on Saturday, April 16th. For questions about the merger please contact Katie Van Benschoten at (212) 244-1470 or

New York City VisionWalk 4-18-2015

Check out all our photos from the 2015 New York VisionWalk.

Upcoming Events:

For more information about any of our upcoming events contact Katie at (212) 244-1470 or

Whiskey Park Happy Hour

Join Team Veloce for a Post Walk Happy Hour Fundraiser at Whiskey Park (100 Central Park South) on Wednesday, April 27th starting at 5:30pm. Guests donating $20 (which directly supports the NY VisionWalk) will receive a complimentary cocktail.


Leave a Lasting Mark Concert

Sing along with the whole VisionWalk family at the Leave a Lasting Mark concert on Thursday, April 28th at The Bitter End (147 Bleecker Street) from 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Your $10 cover goes directly to the New York VisionWalk and you get two hours of amazing music. This year's theme is Sweet Home Chicago: A Tribute to Chess Records, and the best of Chicago's Blues & Soul.

Are You a Team Captain?

Check out our VisionWalk Team Captain Packet which has all of the information you need to cheer on your team and paint New York blue and yellow!

Have You Collected Checks?
Enter your checks here and then send them in to our office to watch your thermometer climb!

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Attn: New York VisionWalk
80 Broad Street, Suite 3301
New York, NY 10004

Become a VisionWalk All Star
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 on the day of the Walk. View our list of All Stars!

Cate Brown - Team Moose
Steve Fialkoff - Eyepod
Rebecca Fribourg - Team Becca
Fiona Gibbons - Eye Candy
Carl Gruber - Vision Warriors
Julie Hwang - Team 20/20
Irene Kamaroff
 - Lady Godiva
Jillian Klein - For Eyes
Roberta Mallman - Vision Warriors
Karen Montagnese - Karen's Friends
Nick Montagnese - Karen's Friends
Mad Mel Moskowitz - Vision Warriors
Ophthalmology Project Team - Regeneron
Eric Pitter - Team Evelise
Fiona Purce - Team Moose
Catarina Rivera - Visionaries
Sherry Rogers - Vision Warriors
Eddie Russnow - Camp Towanda
Anne Shepherd - Eye Candy
Laura Shepherd - Eye Candy
Michelle Veloce - Team Veloce

Sponsorship Campaign
Spread the word to businesses and corporations by asking for their sponsorship support. Sponsorship solicitation is easy and rewarding. To order your sponsorship packets or for more information about "making the ask", please contact Katie Van Benschoten at 212-244-1470 or

Calling All Volunteers!
Are you looking for another way to get involved with the New York VisionWalk? We are always in need of great volunteers. Contact us today - we need your help!

Join the Committee!
Help make the New York VisionWalk great! Join the VisionWalk Leadership Group and let your voice be heard as we plan our 10th Annual New York VisionWalk. Contact Katie Van Benschoten at 212-244-1470 or for more information about the Leadership Group.

For more information or to register, contact:

Katie Van Benschoten
212-244-1470  Square Bullet Point 

Mail any donations to:

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Attn: New York VisionWalk
80 Broad Street, Suite 3301
New York, NY 10004 


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Community Champions

The Allergan Foundation

The Shaw Family

Community Captains

MAC Products Logo Retina Specialists, PC (New York)

College of Optometry

Community Leader

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The Treiber Family

Community Partners

Current, Powered by GE

Karp Capital Management