2023 gift of sight gala

25th annual event celebrates 2023 Person of Vision John C. Robak and 2023 Gift of Sight Honoree Maria Soledad Cortina, MD

2023 Gift of Sight Masquerade

We are excited to announce that Eversight’s 25th annual 2023 Gift of Sight Masquerade: Silver Spectacle will take place Friday, October 13 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.

Join us for an eye-catching night of spectacle to raise support for Eversight's mission of restoring sight and preventing blindness.

The 25th annual Gift of Sight Masquerade: Silver Spectacle will celebrate 2023 Person of Vision John C. Robak and 2023 Gift of Sight Honoree Maria Soledad Cortina, MD.


We promise an elegant night including cocktails, great food and celebration of 25 years of saving sight. All proceeds directly support our mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research.

Don your sparkle and shine attire. Masquerade masks are encouraged.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available.

Attend this luminous night

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John Robak

2023 Person of Vision

Maria Soledad Cortina, MD

2023 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. 

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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