Citizens Bank And Dwayne Finney Honored At The 2019 People Of Vision Award Dinner Program


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Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate

Taylor Elder

Phone: 800-301-2020 ext.105

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Cleveland, OH (February 28, 2019) – Citizens Bank and Dwayne Finney, Executive Vice President & Head of Commercial Banking – Ohio and Western PA, were recognized for their outstanding visionary leadership and philanthropic work at the Prevent Blindness Northeast Ohio Chapter’s 23rd Annual People of Vision Award Dinner on February 26.

Smart Business Network and Fred Koury, President & CEO, who served as the Chair of the event, presented the award. WKYC Channel 3 Senior Health Correspondent, Monica Robins, served as emcee for the event.

One hundred and twenty people attended the event held at the Music Box in Cleveland on February 26th. Over $49,000 was raised to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness including vision screening training for schools, health departments and organizations in the aging network along with advocacy for public policies to widen access to vision care for all.

“Citizens Bank and Dwayne Finney possess an exemplary commitment to serving our community and providing resources to people in need living in Ohio’s Northeast region,” said Bill Beard, Chair of the Prevent Blindness Northeast 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 that reflects a “vision of community” to be celebrated and emulated. It has been recognized as one of the area’s premier charitable events.

Half of all blindness is preventable and the number of individuals who are blind or 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 in Ohio.

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 1,000,000 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 or and Twitter at!/PB_Ohio.


Prevent Blindness honored Citizens Bank and its Executive Vice President & Head of Commercial Banking, Dwayne Finney, at their 2019 People of Vision event on February 26, 2019, at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Ohio. (From left to right) Bill Beard, Northeast Ohio Chapter Executive Council Chair, Sherry Williams, President & CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, and People of Vision Event Honoree, Dwayne Finney, Executive Vice President of Citizens Bank.


2019 People of Vision Honorees Citizens Bank and Executive Vice President & Head of Commercial Banking – Ohio and Western PA, Dwayne Finney (left), receives the 2019 Prevent Blindness – People of Vision Award from the 2019 People of Vision Chair, Fred Koury (right), President and CEO of Smart Business Network.