On March 2nd, the Retina Foundation of the Southwest hosted its inaugural Visionary Luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel where ORIX Foundation received a special honor and former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush were the keynote speakers. At the event, ORIX Foundation was presented with the Visionary Award for 2018, given to the organization for its longtime commitment to the Retina Foundation and its recent support of the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Vision Laboratory. Clint McDonnough, a member of ORIX USA’s board of directors, accepted the award on ORIX’s behalf. ORIX Foundation served as the Diamond sponsor of the event.
ORIX USA Chief Financial Officer, Paul Wilson, and his wife, Amy, have been involved with the Retina Foundation as board members and volunteers. “The Retina Foundation has been a partner charity of ORIX Foundation for many years. It is an established and well-recognized research organization that makes available the latest research to youth and elderly free of charge,” Wilson says. “We like the charity in part because of its unique model of providing charitable services in combination with the latest research to develop new treatments and technologies for eyesight diseases.”
This year marks the 35th anniversary for the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing vision loss and restoring sight through innovative research and treatment. Each year, roughly 2,300 patients—ranging from infants to seniors—receive free in-depth visual testing to advance the organization’s research and clinical trials that ultimately result in better treatments for eye disease.
We believe that Dallas needs more public/private research and development activities and this is a small way we can support such efforts in the Dallas area while also providing needed charitable services to the community,” Wilson says. “In that regard, it was wonderful to see the recognition and thanks from the Retina Foundation to ORIX. Receiving this award has been a big honor.”