VRCO Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet

Join Us For Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet

Join us Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the 425 Downtown Banquet Center for our third annual Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet. Our featured guest speaker will be Douglas Anderson, founder of Optos, plc This event is presented by Optos plc.


Douglas has a 40 year business career yielding experience in almost every aspect, and at every level, of the healthcare technology product design and product commercialization processes. In 1990, his then five- year-old son, Leif, went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. Routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. Douglas was concerned by the limited capability of diagnostic tools available to clinicians. Over the coming years he built a dedicated research team to look into the problem which in turn led to the formation of Optos plc. Optos developed the world’s first ophthalmic device capable of producing a single, high-resolution, ultra-widefield image of the retina. The new method of examining the retina, optomap®, is now offered by over 7000 eyecare professionals who have conducted over 46 million optomap retinal exams, worldwide.

Optos is dedicated to providing the only clinically validated retinal imaging technologies which enable eyecare professionals to see more, diagnose more, and treat more diseases earlier thus saving sight and saving lives. Our vision is to become the Retina Company.

For questions about this event, contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or stacy.forbis@vrco.org

Tickets are $40 each. Tables of 8 are available for $320. Register to attend a purchase tickets now!

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Dining in the Dark

Join Us For Dining In the Dark

Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists presents Dining In the Dark, Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at University Plaza Hotel

VRCO is excited to bring a new dining experience to the Springfield community. The goal of this unique evening, Dining in the Dark, is to raise awareness of the visually impaired. This evening event is a unique sensory awareness experience that gives an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of those with vision impairment. The event includes a cocktail hour, a masked dinner and an afterglow program with a live auction.

For sponsorship opportunities, please download our Sponsor Guide.

Purchase a table or individual tickets today!

For more information or for special dietary needs and/or food allergies, please contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or email stacy.forbis@vrco.org!

A big thank you to our presenting sponsor Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists.

Thank you to our visionary sponsors Judy Beisner, Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center and Missouri Eye Institute.


Mattax Neu Prater Color

Missouri Eye Institute


Masks underwritten by Tauber Ophthalmic Research of America and Debbie and Dr. Shachar Tauber.

Thank  you to our Candlelight Sponsors Great Southern Bank, Dr. Phil and Jennifer Rothschild, Sunshine Eye Clinic, Vision Clinic and Dr. Debbie Williams.


Sight Saving Scramble Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our 13th Sight Saving Scramble sponsors. Your generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated!


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Ollis and Co.

Tauber Ophthalmic Research of America





Elite promotion


  Medical consulting group


   Ozarks optical





Drs. Susan and Tom Essman

Gig Salad

Jackson & Jackson PC, CPAs

Vision Clinic

Bill Turner

Empire Bank

Lebanon Host Lions Club

Great Southern Bank

Hosmer King & Royce, LLC

Save the Date

To participate in the golf tournament, please register at http://www.vrco.org/golf/ and pay the $100.00 registration fee by October 20, 2014. After submitting your information, you will be redirected to the PayPal website where you may pay online via credit card.

To sponsor the event, download the “Sponsorship Guide.” Sponsorship Guide or contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or stacy.forbis@vrco.org or Wendy Jackson at 417-831-0555 or wjackson@vrco.org

Download the “Event Flyer” to share with friends and co-workers. Event Flyer

Upcoming Events:

Dinner in the Dark, February 2015

Magnifying Quality of Life Celebration Banquet, May 2015