Sacramento - Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) has been named the “Most Fascinating Person of 2014” by the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and Advanced Center for Eyecare (ACE).
“This year CBVI and ACE are proud to honor Senator Andy Vidak as the ‘Most Fascinating Person of 2014’ for his commitment to eye care for the underserved population in Kern County and our state,” said CBVI/ACE Executive Director Justin L. Cave. “In August, Andy’s commitment to eye care for the underserved was demonstrated through his passion to bring two mobile vision van clinics named ‘Mobile Eyes to the Valley’ to the Kern and Fresno county areas through a partnership with Vision Service Plan (VSP).”
The “Mobile Eyes” clinics resulted in 57 people receiving a free comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, glasses. The fifty-two people who needed glasses were able to select from a top quality assortment of frames. Most patients received their new glasses immediately after their eye exam. Another 80 people who couldn’t be served on the days of the clinics (because of time limitations) received vouchers to get a free eye exam and a pair of glasses from local optometrists at a later date.
“Many of the communities that Andy represents suffer from extreme poverty and some of the highest unemployment in the state and country. Most of these individuals have never seen an eye doctor before, nor have the ability to purchase glasses for their children or themselves to see clearly in the world in which they live,” said Cave. “Andy understands that a simple pair of glasses can change a child’s or adult’s life to succeed in school or the workplace.”
CBVI and ACE will honor Vidak as the ‘Most Fascinating Person of 2014’ at the annual Appetite for Sight benefit dinner on Nov. 20, at the Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield. Proceeds from Appetite for Sight help provide vision care for the underprivileged and the blind in Kern County.
“It is a deep honor to be recognized by CBVI and ACE – these organizations are superheroes in our community for helping so many people live independent, fulfilling lives,” said Andy. “I want to thank VSP and my district team for making this important service available to so many. For many of the adults and children served in the McFarland and Fresno areas, this was the first time they had glasses and could see clearly. What a difference was made in their lives.”
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