Some 300 guests gathered at the Pierre
Hotel in New York City on December 1st for
The Glaucoma Foundationís 24th Annual Black
and White Ball, at which renowned photographer Elliott
Erwitt received the 2010 Kitty Carlisle Hart Award of
Merit for Lifetime Achievement.
The Glaucoma Foundation (www.glaucomafoundation.org)
is one of the premier not-for-profit organizations
dedicated to eradicating blindness from glaucoma through
vital research and public education programs. The Ball
is the showcase event benefiting the important work of
Income generated from the Ball supports
cutting edge research in the fields of optic nerve
rescue and restoration, the genetics of glaucoma and
applications of nanotechnology -- key research areas for
the 21st century. Proceeds also sustain
Foundation efforts to educate the public about the
disease and the need for routine testing to
detect the disease in its earliest stages.
Glaucoma affects some 3 million Americans
and 67 million people worldwide. Itís the major cause of
preventable blindness in the US and the most
common cause of all blindness among African Americans.