Minneapolis, MN

Message from the President:

Julie Anderson, Chapter PresidentThank you for your interest in the Northern Lights Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Our goal as a chapter is to keep you up on the latest chapter news and research.


VisionWalk Update

Twin Cities VisionWalk
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 E. Lake Harriet Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Chapter Presentations and Events

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Chapter Meeting Rescheduled

The Winter That Will Not End will be dealing out yet another snowstorm for us this Saturday, April 14, and therefore we have made the decision to reschedule the chapter meeting. Even if the weather is not as bad as what’s being predicted, we still feel it’s best to err on the side of caution, so stay home, safe and warm!

Our new meeting date is Saturday, May 19th from 2-4pm. Dr. Iezzi will be presenting as per the original plan.

“Retina Research Updates”
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Registration: 12:30pm
Program: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Join us for this FREE presentation
Light Refreshments will be served
University Lutheran Church of Hope
601 13th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Dr. Raymond Iezzi
Retina Specialist from Mayo Clinic

The Minneapolis/Northern Lights Chapter invites you to this special presentation by Dr. Raymond Iezzi, Retina Specialist from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Iezzi will present an overview of his most current retina research work at Mayo with an extended question and answer session to follow. PLUS, get all of the details about the 12th Annual Twin Cities VisionWalk!

RSVP by Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Ashley Mooney at 866-7827330 or AMooney@FightBlindness.org

Twin Cities Dining in the Dark

Dining in the Dark

Friday, April 27, 2018
Reception 5:30 PM | Dinner & Awards 7:00 PM

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S. Marquette Avenue | Minneapolis, MN  55403

Dr. Irving Shapiro

Founder, Phillips Eye Institute

Dinner Co-Chairs
Abdhish R. Bhavsar, MD
President, the Retina Center of Minnesota


Jodi Bianchi

Frank Vascellaro
WCCO-TV News Co-Anchor

Link to Twin Cities Dining in the Dark Registration Page

Imagine not being able to see while eating. To the average person that might sound scary, right? People with inherited retinal diseases cope with this every day. We invite you to share in a unique dining adventure, the 7th Annual Twin Cities Visionary Awards Dinner, Dining in the Dark, where guests eat a gourmet meal wearing light-blocking masks. It’s an amazing experience, giving attendees a little insight as to what it’s like to do a simple daily task, like eating, without vision.

The Hilton Minneapolis is the beautiful setting for the masked dinner on Friday, April 27, 2018. Join us as we present the Visionary Award to ophthalmologist Dr. Irving Shapiro, founder of Phillips Eye Institute. The Institute is now part of the Allina Hospitals and Clinics and is the only specialty hospital in that system.

A visionary in his field, his passion and dedication exemplify the same commitment and determination the Foundation has in driving the research for therapies, treatments, and cures of retinal degenerative diseases. Dr. Shapiro’s humanitarian efforts go far beyond the Institute and its neighborhood. In 2007, he helped develop a new screening program called Early Youth Eyecare (EYE). Along with his wife, Janet, Dr. Shapiro created the Irving and Janet Shapiro Technology Fund to support cutting-edge technology.

Frank Vascellaro, WCCO-TV News Co-Anchor, is the dinner emcee and auctioneer.

For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Lori Quinn at (847) 680-0100 or LQuinn@FightBlindness.org.

Your contribution, less benefit received of $165.00 per person, is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Federal Tax ID #23-7135845

Contact Us:

Lori Quinn
Events Manager
977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 140
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 680-0100

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