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AK Steel and Roger Newport honored at the 2018 People of Vision Award Dinner
Cincinnati, OH (March 20, 2018) –AK Steel and Roger Newport, CEO, were recognized for their outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work in Southwest Ohio at the Prevent Blindness 24th Annual People of Vision Award Dinner. The award was presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and Erin Hoeflinger, SVP & President Commercial Local Business Division of Anthem Inc.
Over 230 people attended the event which raised over $100,000 to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness, which include vision screening training, advocacy to widen access to vision care and vision research support.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and Erin Hoeflinger, SVP & President Commercial Local Business Division of Anthem served as Chair of the dinner on Wednesday, March 14 at Jack Casino. Local 12 News anchor, Paula Toti, served as emcee for the event.
“AK Steel and Roger Newport possess an exemplary commitment to serving our community and providing resources to people in need living in Southwest Ohio,” said Robert Jung, Chair of the Prevent Blindness Southwest Ohio Chapter Executive Council. “Their support of the community provides a strong foundation for families to build upon and Prevent Blindness is proud to honor them with this award,” he added.
The People of Vision Award was established in 1985 by the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness to honor and recognize visionary organizations and their top leadership for the outstanding work they have undertaken to enhance the quality of life within their communities. The premise of the People of Vision Award is that our community is enriched by such leadership which reflects a “vision of community” to be celebrated and emulated. It’s been recognized as one of Southwest Ohio’s premier charitable events.
Half of all blindness is preventable and the number of blind and visually impaired is expected to double by the year 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem. Furthermore, it is estimated that the economic impact of visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $5.4 billion annually.
About Prevent Blindness
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020. Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio and Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/PB_Ohio.
Prevent Blindness People of Vision Dinner Chair, Erin Hoeflinger, SVP & President Commercial Local Business Division of Anthem congratulates Honoree Roger Newport, CEO of AK Steel for outstanding philanthropic contributions to the Southwest Ohio community.