For Immediate Release
October 28, 1999
Contact: Michele Hay
The Eye Clinic of Texas

Over 500 People Honor Local Ophthalmologist, Dr. Bernard Milstein, With 1999 Person Of Vision Award

Galveston, Texas – Local ophthalmologist and founder of laser vision correction surgery in Texas, Bernard A. Milstein, M.D., received the 1999 Person of Vision award from Prevent Blindness Texas/Gulf Coast Chapter.

Over 500 people filled the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel on Oct. 13 to honor Milstein. The evening was filled with a dinner and silent auction, along with speeches from Milstein and his daughter, Julie. Irwin “Buddy” Herz, a friend of Milstein’s, served as Master of Ceremonies.

U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson honored his “friend and colleague” with a special live address via satellite from Washington D.C. Other elected officials in attendance included: State Rep. Craig Eiland; State Rep. Patricia Gray; Galveston Mayor Roger Quiroga; Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough; Galveston County Sheriff Joe Max Taylor; former State Sen. A.R. Schwartz. UTMB President Dr. John Stobo also attended the event, along with UTMB Past Presidents Dr. William Levin and Dr. Thomas James.

“Receiving this award is a wonderful honor,” said Milstein. “I am proud that I had a small part in the development of this tremendous organization that does so much to help people retain their vision,” he added.

“We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the Person of Vision award than Dr. Milstein,” said Connie Shaut, executive director of Prevent Blindness Texas/Gulf Coast Chapter. “He is the epitome of a true visionary; in his contributions to medicine, his community service, and his character,” she added.

Prevent Blindness Texas/Gulf Coast Chapter is a voluntary health agency that provides complete sight saving programs. The organization was founded 20 years ago by Milstein, who also served as the first board president for four years. He later became the medical advisor, where he provides education for both staff and volunteer board members about the importance of eye health and safety. He also helped develop and implement eye health and safety programs throughout Galveston County.

Milstein created the Person of Vision dinner concept and turned the event into Prevent Blindness Texas/Gulf Coast Chapter’s largest yearly fundraiser. The 1999 event raised more than $80,000 for the organization, who receives no federal, state or United Way funds. Proceeds from the event benefited the many sight-saving programs and services, including glaucoma screenings and vision screenings at area schools.

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