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Roger McGuinn Concert a Highlight of 2012 Benefit

The Glaucoma Research Foundation Annual Benefit “Catalyst for a Cure” on February 2, 2012 kicked off the inaugural "Glaucoma 360." All proceeds will support GRF research and education programs. A private concert by Roger McGuinn of "Byrds" fame raised everyone's spirits.

More than 350 attended the benefit gala and dinner held at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco, chaired by Nobuko Saito Clearly and Gary Clearly, PharmD, PhD. Mona and Ed Zander hosted the Innovators Circle reception, welcoming major donors, platinum level sponsors, researchers, and other distinguished guests.

Awards Honor Outstanding Volunteers

George A. Cioffi, MD was presented The Innovator’s Award in recognition for his leadership of GRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee and his outstanding contributions to glaucoma research.

In ceremonies at the gala, Nobuko Saito Clearly received the President’s Award from Thomas M. Brunner in recognition of her tireless commitment to raising awareness and support for Glaucoma Research Foundation. The Counsel General of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata brought personal greetings from the Prime Minster of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, and via video Norman Mineta, former United States Secretary of Transportation, offered his congratulations to Nobuko on this special honor.

The 2012 Catalyst Award was presented to Richard L. Lindstrom, MD by GRF Board member Adrienne Graves, PhD for his outstanding contributions to ophthalmology and scientific discovery, and Tonia Rex, PhD received The Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research.

This year’s Visionary Award was presented by Dennis Singleton to Roger McGuinn, co-founder of The Byrds and National Honorary Chairman of the Catalyst for a Cure Campaign. Roger then closed the evening’s program with a private concert. Among other songs he performed "My Back Pages," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

Last reviewed on March 13, 2012

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