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Foundation Fighting Blindness Hosts
Banking On A Cure Dinner

Reuven Spiegel (2010 honoree), Tali Spiegel, Iris Spiegel, Gal Spiegel

Reuven Spiegel (2010 honoree), Tali Spiegel, Iris Spiegel, Gal Spiegel




Banking On A Cure Dinner January 19 to Support Sight-Saving Research


The Foundation Fighting Blindness ( will honor Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Vice Chairman, Global Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Investment Banking, UBS Investment Bank; and Stanley Chang, M.D., Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center, with Visionary Awards at the Banking on a Cure Awards Dinner January 19 at The Plaza. The event will benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose urgent mission is driving the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected with retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.


·         Honoree Aryeh B. Bourkoff:  Recognized as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 in 2010, Bourkoff made the rare jump from media analyst to investment banker. He has been at the forefront of numerous innovative arrangements involving Comcast, NBC, Charter Communications and Sirius XM Radio, among others, shaping the way the modern world communicates and consumes entertainment.

·         Honoree Dr. Stanley Chang: Consistently named as one of America’s best doctors, Dr. Chang has developed and pioneered several revolutionary surgical approaches to treat complicated forms of retinal detachment, improving outcomes for patients worldwide.

·         Dinner Trustee Chair Iris Spiegel and her daughter Tali: A Foundation Fighting Blindness National Trustee, Iris has worked to drive retinal research. Tali is affected with retinitis pigmentosa, but Foundation-funded researchers in Israel have identified her mutated gene, which opens the door for potential gene therapy and other treatments.

·         Dinner Co-Chairs: Daniel G. Bergstein, Foundation Fighting Blindness Board Member who has three generations of family members affected by vision-robbing diseases, and Ehren Stenzler, Joint Deputy Head of US Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology Mergers & Acquisitions at UBS.


The evening will include performances by Tali Spiegel, longtime singer, and Justin Kauflin, celebrated jazz pianist who suffers from an eye disease, as well as comedian Jake Johannsen, currently starring in his own Showtime comedy special. NBC News Correspondent Peter Alexander, whose sister is affected with Usher syndrome, will serve as emcee.


What:             Banking on a Cure New York Visionary Awards Dinner


            Where:          The Plaza

                                    Central Park South at 58th Street

                                    New York, NY 10019


            When:             January 19, 2011

                                    Cocktail Reception: 6-7 p.m.

                                    Awards Program: 7-7:45 p.m.

                                    Dinner, Auction, Comedian: 7:45-10 p.m.


Since its inception in 1971, the Foundation has raised over $400 million. Most recently, the Foundation is funding gene therapy clinical trials treating patients affected with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa that causes blindness or substantial vision loss at birth. Results from the breakthrough study showed that gene therapy has restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind. The advancement paves the way for using gene therapy to treat a wide variety of retinal degenerative diseases, proving that a cure is just around the corner.


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