The Visionary Gala Hosted by St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired Attracts More Than 200 People

Sabra Engelbrecht, Sierra Gregg and Anne Allred at The Visionary Gala

More than 200 people attended The Visionary Gala recently hosted by St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired ( at The Palladium Saint Louis.

The Visionary Gala featured a cocktail reception, dinner and wine service, superb desserts, live music and presentation of the internationally distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal to Douglas D. Koch, M.D.  Dr. Koch is a foremost scholar, clinician, surgeon and Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Charlie Brennan of KMOX Radio and The Nine Network (KETC-TV) received the Society’s James Butler Award for Brennan’s efforts to help ensure that the State of Missouri maintained a health care program for low income blind individuals. Sierra Gregg, a visually impaired student at Truman State University, received the Society’s Student of Achievement Award for her initiative to make historical documents from the U.S. Presidential Libraries & Archives accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.  

Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Sabra Engelbrecht chaired the black-tie optional event, which was emceed by Anne Allred, anchor/reporter at KSDK NewsChannel 5.

Dr. Koch is the 63rd recipient of the distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal. The Leslie Dana Gold Medal has been awarded by the Society since 1925 to many of the world’s most highly respected scholars and clinicians for commendable service in eyesight research, ophthalmology, vision sciences and social services.

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