Monday, May 27, 2024

Sight Night

Hundreds of people gathered recently at the home of Dr. Kenneth C. Westfield for a fundraiser benefiting The Gift of Sight — the non-profit organization he founded to help people around the world who lack access to eye care.

For the last 18 years, The Gift of Sight has volunteered supplies, knowledge, and surgical skills on numerous missions to countries like Haiti, Vietnam, the Philippines, Guatemala and Kenya. The work is important, and The Gift of Sight’s work in Lascahobas, Haiti is a prime example: its medical team has screened more than 12,000 patients, dispensed over 6,500 pairs of eyeglasses, and performed hundreds of cataract extractions. This care has transformed lives in an area where a single doctor used to make one annual visit to an area that is home to 50,000 people.

At the fundraiser, many of Las Vegas’ most prominent residents participated in the fundraising activities that included live and silent auctions. The Las Vegas Academy of Arts jazz ensemble entertained the crowd that mixed and mingled while enjoying a fine art exhibit.

The Gift of Sight fundraiser proved to be successful, and Dr. Westfield plans to make it an annual affair. For more information, visit

Gift of Sight founder Dr. Kenneth Westfield, and Monique Ellis Westfield, welcome guests to their home.

Dr. Geraldine Joiner Thornton and Dr. Joe Thornton enjoy The Gift of Sight auction and art exhibit.

Dr. Tyree Carr and Dr. Kenneth Westfield enjoy the art exhibit.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas.

Dwayne Morgan and Toni Woods Morgan enjoy The Gift of Sight outdoor event.

One Summer Night 4 The Gift of Sight outdoor event

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble performs at the One Summer Night 4 The Gift of Sight event.

Dr. Bob and Lottie Green, Bubba and Kathleen Knight, and Melvin and Verna Stringer at The Gift of Sight event.

Dr. Kenneth Westfield, Monique Ellis Westfield, Harmony Letizia, and Judge Karen Bennett welcome The Gift of Sight attendees.

Dr. Kenneth Westfield, Urban (Buddy) Bass Jr., Werner Bass, and Ken Banner at the Gift of Sight event. All are graduates of Los Angeles High School.

Dr. Johnnie Woodson Jr. and Leedell Neyland at the Gift of Sight event.

Marilyn and Limuary Jordan celebrate The Gift of Sight fundraiser.

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