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Spectacular Turnout for the Going Blind Capitol Hill Screening

Senator John Boozman with Joe Lovett, Jessica Jones and Steve Baskis

Senator John Boozman with Joe Lovett, Jessica Jones and Steve Baskis

On Wednesday, September 19, Going Blind screened on Capitol Hill to a packed audience of legislators, Hill and agency staffers, and veterans’ representatives. Senator John Boozman from Arkansas, an optometrist and low-vision specialist, gave a special introduction to the event. The event was standing room only! The crowd sat through a 45 minute condensed version of the film and then a 60 minute panel and discussion.

Outreach Coordinator Julie Gaynin and GoingBlindMovie.com Web Designer Tim Pugh outside the Going Blind Congressional Screenin

Outreach Coordinator Julie Gaynin and GoingBlindMovie.com Web Designer Tim Pugh outside the Going Blind Congressional Screening

Special thanks to Jeff Todd of Prevent Blindness America for providing welcoming remarks and to all of our panelists: Steve Baskis, Jessica Jones, Dr. Robert Murphy, Dr. Suleiman Alibhai, Chris Danielsen and Kim Hutchinson.

A live twitter feed of the event was provided courtesy of Maureen Duffy and is available at: twitter.com/goingblindmovie

For more information on the speakers, or to see the event invite, visit: www.goingblindmovie.com/chs/. You can aslo watch the entire panel discussion on YouTube.

This event was made possible with help from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Blinded Veterans Association and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.

Additional thanks to: the National Eye Institute; the office of Senator John Boozman; Jeremy Scott; Prevent Blindness America and; the House of Representatives, Vision Caucus Co-Chairs: Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Phil Gingrey, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Rep. David Price.