Lighthouse Guild Hosts Visionary Cocktail Reception at The Colony Palm Beach

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Marc Rosen, Founder of the Palm Beach Friends of Lighthouse Guild, and Beth Rudin DeWoody, at Swifty’s Pool at The Colony Hotel. Photograph by Julia Duresky/CAPEHART.

Lighthouse Guild, the leading organization dedicated to providing exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, hosted its al fresco Visionary Cocktail Reception at Swifty’s Pool at The Colony Hotel.

This year’s annual dinner dance was reimagined for their guests’ safety into a CDC-compliant cocktail reception to enable the organization to stay connected to its community of local friends and supporters.

Nearly 50 guests attended at the invitation of several distinguished Palm Beach supporters, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Kit Pannill, Thomas C. Quick, and Fran Scaife, all of whom have been honorees at annual Lighthouse Guild Visionary Evening Dinner Dances in the past.


Supporters Audrey and Martin Gruss.

Marc Rosen, Founder of the Palm Beach Friends of Lighthouse Guild, welcomed guests to the 14th annual event in Palm Beach. He recalled hosting the organization’s inaugural reception in the very same place at The Colony years ago. “It’s like coming full circle and seeing some of the same guests here tonight who have stayed with us through the years,” said Rosen. He then introduced Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild.

Dr. Roberts thanked Mr. & Mrs. Gruss, Mrs. Pannill, Mr. Quick, and Mrs. Scaife for their longstanding support and acknowledged Lighthouse Guild’s board, staff, and volunteers.

Following his introduction, Dr. Roberts spoke about the future of Lighthouse Guild and some of the latest technological innovations implemented by the organization including a demonstration of the OrCam MyEye smart device.  He then introduced Tom Quick, who conducted a live auction.


Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, with supporters Tom Quick and Frannie Scaife.

Proceeds from the evening will support Lighthouse Guild’s mission. Services include coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related programs. Lighthouse Guild’s podcast series, On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts, offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.


Swifty’s Robert Caravaggi and Grace Meigher.
Victoria Wyman and Andrea Roberts.
Barbara San Damian and Jean Denoyer.
Sallie Phillips and Kit Pannill. Photographs by Julia Duresky/CAPEHART.

For more information, visit lighthouseguild.org

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