The Vision Awards Celebrates 40 Years


By Kat Kramer

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, major luminaries from across the fields of entertainment, science, sports and the arts will gather for the Vision Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Among the honorees will be Buzz Aldrin, Steve Jobs, Dan Rather, Quincy Jones, Lee Daniels, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, 2010 Olympic Gold Medal winner Steve Holcomb, Stanley Jaffe and George Schlatter.

The presenters include Lily Tomlin, Billy Bob Thornton, Sherry Lansing and Helen Harris, the founder of RP International, which stands for Retinitis Pigmentosa, started the Vision Awards and RP International in 1970 as high profile vehicles to raise awareness of the millions of people who fight against the gradual loss of their vision

from both RP and Macular Degeneration.

Harris, who is blind, has been a tireless advocate of people with visual impairments for the past 40 years. RPI has grown into a global organization that is committed to focusing the world’s attention to eye problems. Past recipients of The Vision Awards include Stanley Kramer, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Tim Burton, Phil Collins, Jim Carrey, Sherry Lansing, Roone Arledge, Bob Hope and Bill Cosby. The Vision Awards also raises funds for medical research.

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