Marshall B. Ketchum University Announces Its 2015 V-Award Honorees for the Fifth Annual MBKU Gala

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MBKU’s 2015 V-Award honorees are to include Orange County’s Blind Children’s Learning Center, Richard D. Jones, J.D. & Family, and pharmaceutical leader Alcon, a Novartis company.

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Marshall B. Ketchum University Fifth Annual Gala

We are thrilled to be honoring three vital members of our community who have shown outstanding dedication to furthering health care. - Paul Stover

Marshall B. Ketchum University announced honorees for its fifth annual gala event, which will take place Thursday October 1, 2015 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA. The Annual Gala at MBKU supports efforts in both Low Vision and Children’s Vision. This year, with the addition of a College of Health Sciences and planned College of Pharmacy, Marshall B. Ketchum University has broadened the vision of this special event to include both health care education and community health.

“We are thrilled to be honoring three vital members of our community who have shown outstanding dedication to furthering health care,” said University Advancement Vice President Paul Stover, M.Ed. “Their work is spectacular; we are excited to recognize each of them for the impact they have on real lives here in Orange County and around the world.”

The gala will feature the fifth annual V-Awards, which will recognize Blind Children’s Learning Center, Richard D. Jones, J.D. & Family, and pharmaceutical leader Alcon, a Novartis company for their many contributions to community health, wellness and well-being. The V-Award has become one of MBKU’s most prestigious awards for charitable and volunteer service benefiting the greater community. The Vita (Latin for "life" or a "way of life") Award, or V-Award, symbolizes the impact that our honorees have on their fellow humankind, doing good work and showing compassion and support for others.

“What our honorees do for the advancement of health care and education is vital to the communities they serve,” added University President Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D. “I am so glad we have the opportunity to recognize their compassion and hard work; they have my sincere gratitude and support.”

This year, the Gala’s theme will be classic Hollywood. Guests will enjoy a memorable night of magic, comedy, big band fun, dancing, a silent auction and bidding-for-a-cause. For full bios of this year’s V-Award winners, or to learn more about MBKU’s Fifth Annual Gala, please visit http://ketchum.edu/gala.

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the College of Health Sciences. The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (M.M.S.) degree. MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy and plans to welcome its first class in the fall of 2016. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton and University Eye Center at Los Angeles. Marshall B. Ketchum University closed on a deal in January, 2015 to purchase a building in Anaheim, CA. The building will be the new home of Ketchum Health, currently the University Eye Center housed at MBKU’s main campus in Fullerton. In addition, the new space will allow for expansion of additional primary health care services, as well as a pharmacy.

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