Envision raises a record-breaking $446k at its 2016 Gala

December 15, 2016
Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that its ninth annual Evening with Envision: Phantom of the Opera Gala raised $446,000 – the most successful result in the event’s history. One hundred percent of donations will go toward funding programs and services that improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for those who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research.
“The support we have from people in and around Wichita and throughout the country is truly overwhelming,” said Heather Hogan, Envision’s Senior Vice President Foundation & Mission Services. “The record-breaking result of our 2016 Gala gives us the ability to reach out to even more people with vision loss to restore independence and enhance their quality of life.”
Held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita on October 28, the Gala brought supporters from throughout the country together with Envision’s Board Members, staff and local dignitaries for an evening of fine dining and cocktails accompanied by live music and auctions. Presenting Sponsor BKD CPAs & Advisors was joined by Account Recovery Specialists, Inc. (ARSI), the WyKEF Foundation, HUB International, Group Benefit Specialists, Ntara Interactive, Meritrust Credit Union, Vornado Air, Kansas Gas Service, Mazik Global and Dakota Western to make the event possible.
“We were honored to return as Presenting Sponsor for the Gala for a fourth year,” said Bill Pickert, Managing Partner at BKD. “Our charitable foundation exists to enrich communities, and Envision is an ideal beneficiary with its broad array of programs, services and initiatives that help individuals lead more fulfilling lives.”
During the festivities, Envision recognized two of its most stalwart supporters for their commitment to its cause. Carl and Gigi Allen received Envision’s Heroes of Hope Award in appreciation of their involvement with multiple Envision programs supported through the Heroes of Hope Annual Fund, which provides for direct client services that touch the lives of newborns, children, adults and seniors. Eby Construction was presented with the Envision Philanthropy Award, recognizing the significant impact the company has had on Envision’s ongoing efforts through gifts, donations and support.
Carl and Gigi Allen started out as a supplier to Envision’s manufacturing and printing division, Envision Industries, but soon became fervent supporters of the organization. Their contributions helped to establish the Gigi and Carl Allen Envision Research Institute, which is positioning the Midwest as a hub of low vision research. Eby Construction has been actively involved with Envision over five decades and multiple generations, and has contributed to the capital campaigns to construct the Bicknell Envision Vision Rehabilitation Clinic and the Gigi and Carl Allen Envision Research Institute. The company also served as general contractor for the construction of those facilities as well as the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center.
Proceeds from the Gala will support a multitude of programs and services, including:
  • Research into ways to better confront the challenges associated with blindness and low vision
  • Education of medical and academic professionals dedicated to helping those facing such challenges;
  • Rehabilitation and training to better enable those who are blind and visually impaired to capitalize on the latest advances;
  • A child development center pairing children who are blind or visually impaired with typically sighted peers;
  • Programs designed to give those who are blind and visually impaired the skills and experiences they need to live the most fulfilling lives possible. They include support groups and activities for teens through seniors, including art and music programs, a golf clinic, Homework Club and Assistive Technology (AT) camps where middle school and high school students receive the equipment and training they need to remain academically and vocationally competitive.
In addition to the annual Evening With Envision Gala, Envision funds its initiatives through the annual Golf Fore Vision tournament held each spring, proceeds from revenues produced by Envision Industries and the Envision Broadcast Network (Q92 The Beat, 92.3 FM) and through the ongoing support of donors. To learn how to support Envision’s mission, please contact Director of Development Lisa Capps at lisa.capps@envisionus.com or (316) 440-1526.
About Envision: Envision (www.envisionus.com) promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.envisionus.com.

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