On Wednesday December 7th, the Glaucoma Foundation honored Joe Lovett with the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement for his work on Going Blind. The event took place during the foundation’s annual Black & White Ball held at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Kitty Award is given each year to honor patients who make a difference despite visual impairments. Named for actress, singer, advocate and glaucoma patient, Kitty Carlisle Hart (1910-2007). Past award recipients include playwright, John Patrick Shanley; former New York Governor, David Paterson; and the forty-first President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
Joe spoke briefly after showing the audience short selects from the film. The clip of the film was well received by the dinner guests. The portion chosen from Going Blind contained a look at Jessica Jones, who with her new guide dog Willie, was also in the audience. During his speech, Joe called for a greater promotion of low vision therapy for many patients who are sadly ignorant of its many benefits. Knowing one’s options is the first stop in properly diagnosing a problem. We want to thank the Glaucoma Foundation once more for a delightful and thought provoking evening. The event was featured by photographer, Bill Cunningham in The New York Times style section.
The Going Blind film production and outreach team came out to celebrate. From left to right, the photograph includes Woo Jung Cho, Hilary Klotz Steinman, Jamie Hogan, James Cottrell, Oliver Mosier, Matthew Akers, Joseph Lovett, Jessica Jones and Willie. It’s worth noting that a group of energetic dinner guests, led by Joseph Lovett, danced long into the night.
The foundation also awarded Jost Jonas, MD the Robert Ritch Award for Innovation and Excellence in Glaucoma for his groundbreaking work in the field. Dr. Ritch, Joe’s ophthalmologist and a character in Going Blind, was there to present Dr. Jonas with the award.