Second Annual Music for the Eyes a Huge Success

Dr. Viola Kanevsky and Doug Dinger of Acuity NYC, sponsored their second annual benefit concert to fund a volunteer medical mission to Peru and Mexico. The community response was overwhelming.

New York, NY, June 29, 2008 --( West Side Eye Doctor and Optician Sponsor Music Benefit.

Dr. Viola Kanevsky and Doug Dinger, of Acuity NYC, invited West Siders to join them in supporting a good cause. On Sunday, June 15th, at 5pm, they sponsored their second annual “Music for the Eyes” benefit concert at Grace and St. Paul’s Church, located at 123 West 71st Street on the Upper West Side.

Dr. Kanevsky, optometrist, and Doug Dinger, optician, have served the Upper West Side for 17 years, and have long volunteered for the New York chapter of VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). For several weeks each year, they close their practice and travel to remote areas in developing countries to set up week-long free eye clinics.

VOSH NY is staffed entirely by volunteers. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will be used to send a medical mission to Peru, scheduled for August 2008, bringing much-needed eyecare, cataract surgery and donated eyeglasses to an area devastated by earthquake and poverty. A group of 30 optometrists, ophthalmologists, nurses, students and lay volunteers will travel to Peru to run a 4-day clinic. Each day of the clinic, approximately 500 patients will receive free eyecare, prescription eyeglasses, glaucoma care, cataract and pterygia surgeries. Many of them are children who will learn to read, adults who will be able to continue working, and elderly who will remain able to care for themselves and their families, all because they can see.

Dr. Anna Pelekh, world-renown violinist and teacher, volunteered to play and present some of her students for this special event. The concert was a great success, raising over $10,000 and bringing together doctors, surgeons, opticians, patients, musicians and community members to enjoy an evening of beautiful music. Acuity NYC, and Halstead Realty provided corporate sponsorship for the event. Beethoven Pianos provided a concert grand for the performance and the congregation of Grace and St. Paul’s church offered use of their lovely sanctuary. After the concert, everyone gathered at the home of Dr. Kanevsky for refreshments sponsored by Bausch and Lomb Pharmaceuticals.

Those who were unable to attend will be able to view the concert on Acuity NYC’s website, . The success of the event was truly testament to how much good can be achieved when our community comes together to work for a common cause.

Contact Information:
Doug Dinger
Acuity NYC
527 Columbus Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10024
fax 212-580-2023

Acuity NYC
Doug Dinger
Viola Kanevsky