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CareWorks honored at People of Vision Award Dinner

March 16, 2007

The CareWorks Family of Companies and its Chairman and CEO William W. Pfeiffer were recognized for outstanding community service and philanthropic vision at Prevent Blindness Ohio’s 22nd annual People of Vision Award Dinner March 15, 2007.

OhioHealth and its President and CEO David P. Blom hosted the gala dinner with Andrea Cambern, WBNS-TV Channel 10 news anchor, participating as emcee. More than 400 community leaders attended the event, which raised a record $222,000 to support the sight-saving programs of Prevent Blindness Ohio.

“I am pleased you are able to join me tonight in honoring CareWorks and its Chairman and CEO William W. Pfeiffer. CareWorks’ dedication to community, along with their outstanding reputation makes it and its leader our clear choice as the 2007 People of Vision Award honoree,” said Blom.

“It is my pleasure to honor CareWorks and Mr. Pfeiffer for their amazing work in improving the health and enhancing the lives of all Central Ohioans,” he added.

The People of Vision Award was established in 1985 by Prevent Blindness Ohio to recognize selected Ohio corporations and their top leadership for outstanding community vision. The People of Vision Award Dinner is one of central Ohio’s premier charitable events.

Prevent Blindness Ohio’s mission has remained steadfast – to prevent blindness and preserve sight through advocacy, research and early detection. Their goal is to prevent the 50 percent of vision loss that is needless and help all Ohioans enjoy good sight for life.

Prevent Blindness Ohio provides direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and arms millions of consumers with information to preserve their precious gift of sight. Last year, Prevent Blindness Ohio provided access to comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses to 5,465 medically indigent adults and children.

More Ohioans than ever are facing the threat of blindness from age-related eye disease. In Franklin County, more than 227,000 adults have vision impairment and age-related eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Statewide, one out of every four school-aged children has a vision problem that may be undetected or untreated. In Ohio, approximately six percent of children enter school each year with undetected and untreated vision problems. If left untreated, these vision problems can cause permanent damage to their eyes and their success in school.

Prevent Blindness Ohio is celebrating 50 years as Ohio's leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight throughout the state’s 88 counties.

For more information please contact:
John Brinkman
CareWorks
Vice President of Corporate Communications
john.brinkman@careworks.com
Office: (614) 760-3506
Fax: (614) 760-3595

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