The Eye Ball, an evening benefitting the research, education, and community programs of the Lifelong Vision Foundation, was held on October 12, 2017 at the Hilton St Louis Frontenac. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour including drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and music by St Louis blues musician, and 2017 honoree, Big George Brock before moving into the main ballroom. During the 3 course dinner, guests were welcomed by emcee Kevin Steincross of Fox 2 and Mary April, the Executive Director of the Lifelong Vision Foundation.

Anne Stupp, event co-chair, said “The importance of clear vision (through Lasik surgery) for first responders in the Greater St Louis area helps ensure they stay out of harm’s way during rapid response. Lifelong Vision Foundation’s event, The Eye Ball, raises funds for this critical eye procedure, helping improve first responder’s vision for the highest level of safety for them and pedestrians.”

After dinner, David Schumacher, the evening’s auctioneer, started the live auction that included items such as a Fire Truck Ride, the Telsa Weekend Experience, a trip to Belize, and a Douglas A-1 “Skyraider” flight. Guest speakers Dr. Eliot Lazar and Fire Chief Michael Mavrogeorge each spoke about how the Foundation has impacted their lives and our community. Dr Jay Pepose and Mary April then presented the evening’s honorees, Dr Mark Lombardi, Dr Frank Werblin, Jessica Cutright EMS, Big George Brock, and Dr Eliot Lazar, their awards. The event was catered by the Hilton and flowers were by Ann Rabbitt of Thorn Studio.

Founded by Dr Jay Pepose in 2001, Lifelong Vision Foundation has distributed well over $2 million, and is dedicated to improving people’s lives. Their goal continues to be helping people see move clearly, whether it be first responders, under-resourced or special needs children, seniors, or in education and research. For more information visit

Photos by Christina Kling-Garrett