24th annual event celebrates Woman of Vision Kathleen Piccone & Gift of Sight Honoree Ali Djalilian, MD

2022 Gift of Sight Masquerade

We are excited to announce that Eversight’s annual Gift of Sight Gala will take place Thursday, September 22 at the spectacular Peninsula Chicago. All funds raised from this event go directly toward helping the thousands of individuals in need of sight-restoring cornea transplants.

The 24th annual Gift of Sight Masquerade—Circus of Dreams—will celebrate 2022 Woman of Vision Kathleen Piccone and 2022 Gift of Sight Honoree Ali Djalilian, MD. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for purchase. Tickets for the event will be available in the coming weeks.

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The annual Gift of Sight Masquerade raises funds to help provide the gift of sight to more than 8,000 people every year. This includes aid to patients unable to afford sight-restoring corneal transplants, and humanitarian aid in developing countries where millions suffer from treatable blindness. This event is held at The Peninsula Chicago, with spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces overlooking The Magnificent Mile.

Every year, two prominent Chicagoans are recognized at this event for their scientific and philanthropic contributions to the community. This year, Kathleen Piccone will be honored as the 2022 Woman of Vision and Ali Djalilian, MD, will be honored as the 2022 Gift of Sight Honoree.


Kathleen Piccone

2022 Woman of Vision

Ali Djalilian, MD

2022 Gift of Sight Honoree



Kathleen Piccone is a long-time Chicago businesswoman who has dedicated 50 years of her life to the Chicago business community, acting as the Maitre d’ and Managing Partner at the beloved Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse since its opening in 1989. In addition, Piccone is on the Board of Managers with The Service Club of Chicago, an all-volunteer, women’s charitable organization. Anyone who knows her knows Piccone is energetic, fun and very well loved in the Chicago community.

Ali Djalilian, MD, is the Searls-Schenk Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is recognized in the community as an authority on corneal stem cell disease/transplantation and the management of severe ocular surface conditions. He bridges his clinical experience with an active basic science and translational research program funded by the National Eye Institute/NIH and the US Department of Defense, among others. He serves on the review committee for the Eversight Eye & Vision Research Grant Program. 

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In this season of gratitude, Eversight has launched a matching


campaign to impact even more lives. Please consider supporting Eversight and help us earn a generous $4,000 match from our Board of Directors.

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