Ketchum University Honored Individuals and Organizations Recognized as Exemplary Philanthropists at Circle of Vision Luncheon

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MBKU honored three distinguished philanthropists for their significant generosity and community leadership at the university’s sixth annual Circle of Vision Luncheon on Friday, January 29, 2016.

Circle of Vision Awards

Circle of Vision Awards

It was an honor to recognize each award recipient at our sixth annual Circle of Vision Luncheon for their continuing support and leadership among our many generous donors. - University President Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD.

At a luncheon to celebrate and recognize major donors and create excitement centered on Ketchum University’s ACHIEVING 20|20: The Campaign for MBKU, the university honored the Knott family, Mr. Robert & Mrs. Lois Moore and the Phelps family.

The Circle of Vision Award honors corporate, volunteer and philanthropic achievement. This year’s award recipients were recognized for their generosity in shaping Marshall B. Ketchum University. Jerome Hunter, EdD, chair of Marshall B. Ketchum University’s board of trustees presented three Circle of Vision Awards for Distinguished Philanthropy on Friday, January 29. “This year’s award recipients have demonstrated records of exceptional generosity, who have significantly improved the quality of life in our institution and our community, and whose generosity motivates others to provide philanthropic support,” said Dr. Hunter.

The first award honored the Knott Family. Mr. Steve Knott attended Friday’s luncheon and accepted the award on behalf of his family. Steve actively participated as co-chair of the Centennial Gala in 2004 and on the Annual Gala and V-Awards committee from 2011–2013. Together, Mrs. Mildred Knott, Steve’s mother, and Steve have contributed philanthropic dollars to support: the Centennial Gala, Annual Gala & V-Awards, building and capital improvements, the ACHIEVING 20|20 Campaign, educational programs and the Sharing Visions Art Exhibit.

Mr. Robert & Mrs. Lois Moore, MBKU’s second award recipient, generously named the university’s Lecture Hall 3 in memory of Robert’s beloved brother, Captain Harry Cecil Moore. Lecture Hall 3 is located on the ground floor of the Richard L. Hopping Academic Center at MBKU. The lecture hall has state-of-the-art presentation equipment including full HD projection systems, interactive digital white boards and digital audio equipment. All of these systems work together delivering content to the university’s Lecture Management System, allowing Ketchum students online access to review lectures captured by this system.

The third Circle of Vision Award for Distinguished Philanthropy honored the Phelps family. The Phelps’ family foundation, The Wilson W. Phelps Foundation has supported the university’s eye care initiatives for several years. Their contributions have funded reconstruction of the Ocular Neurology Center in the University Eye Center, pediatric vision care and glasses for low-income children, eye exams and glasses for underserved adults, low vision patient assistance and care, M&S Technology Visual Acuity Software System and Spanish-language marketing materials for the clinic.

“It was an honor to recognize each award recipient at our sixth annual Circle of Vision Luncheon for their continuing support and leadership among our many generous donors,” said University President Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD. “As we look to open the doors to our newest facility, Ketchum Health, this spring, our needs will grow. Events like our Circle of Vision luncheon give us an opportunity to pause, reflect and honor those who have helped make our achievements possible. Momentum in the university's first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign continues to build. Support from donors like Steve and Milly, Bob and Lois, and the Phelps family will help us successfully reach the $20 million goal of our ACHIEVING 20|20: The Campaign for MBKU,” Dr. Alexander concluded.

For more information about MBKU’s ACHIEVING 20|20: The Campaign for MBKU, contact Vice President for University Advancement Paul Stover, M.Ed., at 714.449.7461 or pstover(at)ketchum(dot)edu.

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
Located in Fullerton, CA, Marshall B. Ketchum University is an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution. MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of Physician Assistant Studies and planned College of Pharmacy. Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals. The university confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) 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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