Chicago Visions Ball Raises $1 Million + for Blindness Research

October 28, 2016

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Chairman David Brint

The Chicago office of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national medical research charity, announced today that its October 22 Chicago Visions Ball raised over $1 million to support research focused on finding preventions, treatments and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases.

“We are thrilled by the results of our 2016 Chicago Visions Ball. Not only did everyone have a great time (and the Cubs won!) we raised money that will have a significant impact on advancing promising treatments for blindness caused by retinal diseases,” said David Brint, FFB Chairman and a co‐founder and principal of Brinshore Development located in Northbrook. “We were also so pleased to honor a Chicago treasure in Richard Price who, as CEO of Mesirow Financial, leads a company that is committed to community service and philanthropy.”

Chicago broadcasting legend Mary Ann Childers hosted the evening which included musical performances by Velocity and “Oh, What a Night” – a tribute to the Jersey Boys.

Co‐chairing the Visions Ball were David and Betsy Brint of Highland Park and Nancy and Dale Pollak of Hinsdale. Honorary Chair Ira Schulman of Glencoe is Managing Principal at Walton Street Capital.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971. It has since raised more than $700 million for research aimed at preventing, treating and curing blindness caused by inherited retinal degenerative diseases. In excess of 10 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, have vision loss due to retinal degeneration. Through its support of focused and innovative science, the Foundation drives the research that has and will continue to improve the lives of
people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and other inherited retinal diseases.

Other Chicago area Foundation Fighting Blindness events include a VisionWalk in Busse Woods and the Artistry of Wine event in Highland Park. Both events are held annually in June. For more information visit: