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We hope to see you on Thursday, September 22 for the Gift of Sight Masquerade: Circus of Dreams 
Begin planning for this elegant night with avant-garde attire, including top hats and masquerade masks. 


We promise a whimsical evening of wonder with cocktails, dining and celebration. Spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces overlooking The Magnificent Mile will allow for physical distancing as we celebrate. 


We look forward to seeing you on September 22. Your support means the world to Eversight, and all proceeds directly support our mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. 

Event Timeline

Cocktail Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Seated Dinner and Program: 7:30-10:30 p.m.


2022 Honorees

Eversight is proud to honor Kathleen Piccone as the 2022 Woman of Vision and Dr. Ali Djalilian as the 2022 Gift of Sight Honoree at the 24th annual Gift of Sight Masquerade: Circus of Dreams



Kathleen Piccone is a long-time Chicago businesswoman who has dedicated 50 years of her life to the Chicago business community, acting as the Maitre d' and Managing Partner at the beloved Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse since its opening in 1989. In addition, Piccone is on the Board of Managers with The Service Club of Chicago, an all-volunteer, women's charitable organization. Anyone who knows her knows Piccone is energetic, fun and very well loved in the Chicago community.


Ali Djalilian, MD, is the Searls-Schenk Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is recognized in the community as an authority on corneal stem cell disease/transplantation and the management of severe ocular surface conditions. He bridges his clinical experience with an active basic science and translational research program funded by the National Eye Institute/NIH and the US Department of Defense, among others. He serves on the review committee for the Eversight Eye & Vision Research Grant Program. 

Musical Entertainment


Jazz musician Michael Lerich will join us for a performance during the Gift of Sight Gala Cocktail Hour from 6:30-7:30pm. 

Michael Lerich has devoted years toward mastery of the Clarinet and bringing it to the forefront of Jazz! He and his ensemble of musicians have revitalized a sound from BeBop, the "cool school" to Mainstream to a mix of Latin tunes. Michael has dedicated his time and energy into playing the Clarinet and has subsequently formed the ensemble that so many of Chicago's wonderful jazz artists want to be a part of. 

Gift of Sight Gala Committee

Michael Caputo, Co-Chair
Candace Jordan, Co-Chair
Jean Antoniou 
Mona Dwarakanathan 
Sherry Lea Holson  
Greg Hyder  
Mary Ann Rose 
Renata Sanfilippo 

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Visionary Sponsors


 Leadership Sponsors

 Cheryl Coleman and Ron Katz   

  Jerry Reinsdorf   




 Supporting Sponsors 

Belmont Bank and Trust

Rob and Lori Chana 

Susah Gohl

Gene and Georgetti Restaurant

John Hart and Carol Prins

Kinetix Wellness 

R4 Services 

University of Chicago Deptartment of Ophthalmology 

 Thank You to our Sponsors! 

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Honoree Reception Sponsor



2022 Honorary Committee 



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The Peninsula Chicago, East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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