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The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired 2012 Annual Report


The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

Our mission:


The Chicago Lighthouse improves the quality of life for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired through education, rehabilitation, employment and technology.


Letter from Chairman and Executive Director


NAC accreditation and Governor Quinn visit





Lives impacted

System of care


Donor honor rolls

On the cover: Lighthouse client and WWII Veteran John Kappel. Read more about John on page 4.

for sight.


Lifetime donors


Planned gifts


Financial statements

For The Chicago Lighthouse, 2012 was a year of milestones, beginning with the dedication of our new comprehensive facility in Glenview and culminating with an historic agreement with the Illinois Tollway Authority, which will enable us to provide jobs for more than 200 people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled. We’re achieving our current goals and using our foresight to plan for the future needs of the people we serve.

The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

Letter from our Chairman and President and Executive Director

Dear Friends: When we look back on the year 2012, the word that most quickly comes to mind is milestones! The year started with the formal dedication in January of our new Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Center in Glenview and ended with the Lighthouse preparing to hire more than 200 individuals who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled to work in a new call center, thanks to a momentous contract from the Illinois Tollway Authority. In addition, we received the highest commendation possible from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). We also played host to some very distinguished visitors in 2012. Among them was Governor Pat Quinn, who chose the Lighthouse to kick off a statewide launch of the newest Veterans Cash Instant Lottery Ticket on November 7th. On November 12th, a group of leading ophthalmologists from China toured the agency with interest in establishing a resource like the Lighthouse in Beijing.


We respect our past and are very proud that the Lighthouse can lay claim to having the oldest, as well as the most prominent, vision care program in the United States that was dedicated by the legendary Helen Keller nearly 60 years ago. In fact, we gained notoriety for being the “early bird on the vision care scene.” The Lighthouse is planning for the future needs of the “Baby Boomer” generation experiencing vision loss related to macular degeneration in the years ahead. We are confident that our comprehensive vision care program will meet that challenge and serve the members of the growing senior population like WWII Veteran John Kappel (shown on the cover) with great distinction. In addition, the Tollway project and other contracts will enable us to provide jobs for many talented individuals who are blind or visually impaired and help ensure the financial health of the Lighthouse. Having a proven track record of excellence bodes well for us as we face the challenges of the future with great confidence and hope.


Bruce R. Hague Chair, Board of Directors

Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D. President and Executive Director


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The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

John Kappel, 89, who won citations as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943-45, has been living with glaucoma and macular degeneration in recent years. To help him regain his independence, his doctors referred him to the Lighthouse’s world class vision rehabilitation center. “My experience there has been nothing short of phenomenal,” he smiles. “I can’t say enough good things about the quality care I received at the clinic along with the respectful, courteous manner in which I was treated.”

John Kappel 89 years old World War II Veteran 1943-1945 Glaucoma and macular degeneration patient

lives impacted

Lighthouse magnifier

Mr. Kappel also raves about the devices, including a large magnifying glass, he received at the agency’s Tools for Living Store.™ “It has been absolutely amazing and has enabled me to continue reading when I didn’t think I could,” he exclaimed. “I don’t know what I’d do without it!” A native Chicagoan who resides in Oak Lawn, Mr. Kappel has been a beneficiary of the state’s Veterans Cash grants that have been awarded to the Lighthouse during the past three years. He was among those Veterans invited to attend a special ceremony at the agency on November 7th (See additional story on page 11) in which Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a statewide launch of the newest Veterans Cash Instant Lottery Tickets. Lottery ticket proceeds benefit organizations like the Lighthouse, which provide a wide array of services to Veterans. continued (pages 6-7)



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lives impacted (continued)

karen: Karen Gilliam-Brown also credits the Lighthouse for providing hope and renewed independence. Ms. Gilliam-Brown is severely visually impaired in one eye as a result of Stargardt’s disease, an inherited form of macular degeneration that causes progressive visual loss. A patient of Dr. Gerald Fishman’s at the agency’s Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases, she refuses to let her disability interfere with realizing her dreams. “I know that God still has a perfect plan for me even though I have less than perfect vision,” she laughs. That self-confidence and “can do” attitude has enabled Ms. Gilliam-Brown to succeed at many levels. She recently accepted a position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the York County Federal Credit Union in Maine. Previously, she served as CFO and Vice President at USA One Credit Union in suburban Matteson and also taught business communications at Prairie State College. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of three children who are actively engaged with their own promising careers. After first experiencing vision loss while still at the young age of 26, Ms. Gilliam-Brown was determined to move on with her life. 6

lauren: She acknowledges her strong faith plus the love of her family for helping her get through the difficult times. She also extends appreciation to Dr. Fishman who has been treating her for the past 13 years.

Lauren Ross, 31, has been visually impaired since birth due to a condition called aniridia, the absence of the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye that is also a muscle that dilates and constricts the pupil to control light levels.

“He has been absolutely wonderful from the day I met him,” she recalled. “Dr. Fishman was the first person to take the time to thoroughly explain all the details of my condition and the options available to me.”

To help Lauren cope with her reduced vision, her parents enrolled her in the Lighthouse’s Birth-to-Three-Program.

Ms. Gilliam-Brown complimented the program for its knowledgeable staff, state-of-the-art equipment and friendly atmosphere. “I am grateful for the training I received from the Lighthouse, which taught me how to maximize the sight that I have. I credit the Lighthouse for helping me regain control of my life and having the confidence required to start a new life in a new state.” For others who may be experiencing vision loss, she encourages them to never stop believing in themselves. “I’d also remind them that vision is only one part of your overall existence, there are many other ingredients that sum up a person’s life.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience,” Ms. Ross recalled. “The instructors there took a personal interest in my situation and were extremely helpful in showing how I could adapt to my disability and remain independent.” She went on to attain considerable academic success, eventually graduating from Bradley University with a degree in communications. Ms. Ross continues to utilize Lighthouse programs, including the Tools for Living StoreTM for the latest in assistive devices, and the Kane Legal Clinic where she sought advice from Judge Nicholas Pomaro.

“What makes the Lighthouse so unique is the broad array of services that are available to individuals of all ages and backgrounds,” she stated. “There really is no place like it where you can receive such a variety of comprehensive services all under one roof.” Ms. Ross also is a firm believer in not giving up. “Adaptability is huge,” she reflects. “If you don’t succeed at first, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. It may just take a little longer. Stick with it. Don’t give up!” Her positive outlook has served Ms. Ross well in her professional and personal lives. She enjoys her career at Aon and stays active as a volunteer. “When I speak to others experiencing vision loss, I tell my audience that I have aniridia; aniridia does not have me!”

That point of view is echoed by another accomplished individual whose life has been touched in many ways by The Chicago Lighthouse. 7

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The Sandy and Rick Forsythe Center for Comprehensive Vision Care and The Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases offer a comprehensive array of programs and services which are tailored to the unique needs of people of all ages who are experiencing significant vision loss. This model of care is recognized as the best practice model of vision rehabilitation by AAO, AOTA, AOA and AER.

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Patients of these programs benefit from the expertise of medical doctors, optometrists, ophthalmologists and occupational therapists specializing in low vision, who work closely with other Lighthouse experts in the areas of psychological support, clinical research and adaptive technology.


Clinical Evaluation



< Patients receive a low vision exam, diagnosis and plan of care. A blend of programs and services are recommended depending on the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs.

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2 rehabilitation

system of care

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3 technology and independent living aids

< Occupational Therapy


Technology + Independent Living Aids

< Adaptive Technology < Assistive Devices

4 psychological counseling 5 research + diagnostics As of 2004, blindness or low vision affects more than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older; this number is predicted to double by 2030 due to our growing senior population.


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Lighthouse Earns Mark of Excellence from NAC Evaluation Team

National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services

Governor Quinn visits The Chicago Lighthouse

Citing its trendsetting programs, strong financial position and creative efforts to secure employment for people who are blind or visually impaired, The Chicago Lighthouse earned the highest commendation possible from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC).

“I want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our Management Team in preparing the necessary background information and coordinating the visit.”

The Lighthouse was honored to host Governor Pat Quinn and a number of state and local officials on November 7th, as he announced the new Illinois Lottery “Veterans Cash” scratch-off lottery ticket. The following press release appears courtesy of the Illinois Government News Network.

The Council issued its report following an extensive on-site visit this past summer by a team of three experienced professionals: Richard P. Oestreich, Ph.D. of Chillicothe, Ohio, who served as chair and team members Steven K. Hegedeos, a retired NAC executive director who lives in Middleburg, Connecticut, and attorney Joseph W. Heniff of LaGrange, IL. The team spent from July 29th through August 1st at the Lighthouse, meeting with board members, staff, volunteers and program participants, sifting through departmental reports and carefully examining the administration as well as all 28 agency programs. The final report also contains several recommendations that the agency can consider for future implementation. “We are absolutely delighted with the results of the NAC evaluation and wish to thank the team members for their very thorough and thoughtful analysis,” said Lighthouse President Dr. Janet Szlyk. “The NAC report reiterates what we have known all along. The Lighthouse is a world-class organization providing a superior level of services to people with visual impairments.” Dr. Szlyk noted that the findings are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the board, managers, staff and volunteers. 10

In addition, she thanked the NAC team members for their candid and constructive feedback and promised that their recommendations would be seriously considered and acted upon. Dr. Oestreich, Mr. Hegedeos and Mr. Heniff praised the Lighthouse’s progressive management style that they stated “is evident in all of its organized programs and systems, particularly in the innovative expansions and development of new services.” Among other highlights of their report, the group saluted the Lighthouse for offering high quality and comprehensive low vision rehabilitation services staffed by outstanding credentialed optometrists and a certified training staff; for developing a comprehensive Adult Living Skills program; and for providing a wide range of vocational services for many levels of employment. The agency also received special mention for winning a major contract with the Illinois Tollway Authority to provide a significant number of jobs for persons with visual impairments. Thanking staff and board members for their full cooperation, hospitality and advance preparation, the team expressed the hope that its report will be helpful to the Lighthouse as it “continues its deliberate efforts to serve children and adults who are blind, visually impaired and otherwise challenged.”

“Our service men and women in Illinois put their lives on the line for us, and as we come together as a nation and honor our military heroes for Veterans Day, we encourage the public to support our Veterans by buying a Veterans Cash ticket,” Governor Quinn said. “It’s a win-win for both the game’s players and for the Veterans who use programs and services like those here at The Chicago Lighthouse and other organizations who receive Veterans Cash support.” Since Governor Quinn first championed and launched the program in 2006, Veterans Cash has awarded more than $10 million in grants to Veterans’ organizations statewide. The Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash game is the first lottery game in the United States to earmark 100 percent of net proceeds to Illinois Veterans. Proceeds from Veterans Cash have resulted in cash awards to more than 190 organizations supporting Veterans throughout the state.

”In 2012 alone, The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to Veterans organizations providing crucial services to Veterans and their families,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “Veterans Cash is an easy and fun way for players to give back to Illinois men and women who risked their lives to serve our country.” “Everybody I talk to in Illinois loves the idea of Veterans Cash. What better way is there to try your first lottery game: you can win up to $20,000 instantly, or, if luck isn’t with you, contribute to Veterans’ causes throughout our state. The lottery is so proud of the game the Governor and the legislature tasked us to market. Let’s make this year’s game the most successful ever,” said Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. The new Veterans Cash game is available at Illinois Lottery retail locations throughout the state. Each ticket costs $2 and the game features top prizes of $20,000. The Lottery anticipates raising $900,000 for Illinois Veterans from the new game. The instant ticket measures 4” by 7.5” and is the largest $2 game ever offered by the Lottery. The ticket face was designed by Common Ground, the Lottery’s award-winning, cross-cultural advertising/marketing agency that designs the Lottery’s “special-cause” instant games, including Veterans Cash.

See Lottery Video segment using this QR code


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The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

MILESTONES: The year 2012 marked several groundbreaking achievements for The Chicago Lighthouse.

• 2012 / M A R C H

“Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind” An informative new book on successfully coping with age related macular degeneration, “Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind,” was released in the first quarter of 2012. The book contains rich insight from Lighthouse benefactor and Chicago philanthropist Lindy Bergman who illustrates the ways in which life with low vision can be lived with independence, dignity and personal satisfaction. Also included are highly informative chapters, written by renowned experts from The Chicago Lighthouse. “Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind” was covered by the Chicago Tribune in March. The article also profiled Lighthouse board member Peter Miller and noted how he continues to lead a busy, fulfilling life despite his own vision loss.


• 2012 / A P R I L

• 2012 / AU G U S T

• 2012 / S E P T E M B E R

Lighthouse “North”

2 million RINs

5 million clocks

For the first time in its 106-year-old history, the Lighthouse opened a comprehensive facility outside its main headquarters in Chicago.

Members of the RIN program, a collaborative effort between The Chicago Lighthouse and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), were saluted in May for achieving a major milestone: the production of two million Electronic Recipient Identification Numbers (E-RINS).

The Chicago Lighthouse’s Industries program reached a new milestone with the production of its 5 millionth clock.

Thanks to generous support from the North Suburban Healthcare Foundation (NSHF), the new Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Center at 222 Waukegan Road in Glenview offers innovative services in vision care, adaptive technology, youth and adult enrichment programs, as well as other areas. The center was dedicated with a public ceremony on April 12th that featured several dignitaries, including then U.S. Congressman Bob Dold, Illinois State Representative Daniel Biss, Village of Glenview trustee Paul Detlefs and others. In addition, Governor Pat Quinn sent a congratulatory proclamation. Pictured Above: Lighthouse Board Chair Bruce Hague, Lighthouse Board Vice Chairman Sandy Forsythe, NSHF Board Chair Beverley J. Kroll and Lighthouse President and Executive Director Dr. Janet Szlyk

First inaugurated at the Lighthouse in 2008, the RIN program enables employees, all of whom have a disability, to use an internet-based system to conduct retrieval and assignment of special numbers for the invoicing of social services. Using RIN numbers instead of social security numbers helps protect clients who receive these services from identify fraud. Among those on hand to personally honor the RIN team was DHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. Receiving special certificates of appreciation for their hard work were Kevin Burton, manager of the program; Sara Chung; the late Connie Davis; Jefferdia Draper; Jarvis Johnson; Mindy Mayer and Meghan McGovern. Sadly, Ms. Davis passed away in January 2013. She is greatly missed by her RIN team members and all of us here at the Lighthouse.

Noting the importance of the clocks in generating revenue for the agency’s programs to assist people with visual impairments, Lighthouse President Dr. Janet Szlyk congratulated staff members and presented each one with a gift card. Since the late 1970s, the Lighthouse has had the exclusive contract to manufacture clocks for the U.S. government. Each year, the program turns out over 200,000 clocks produced by employees who are legally blind. With more products, including clocks, being manufactured in China, the Lighthouse operates one of the few remaining clock factories left in the United States.


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2012 Donors

Lighthouse Keepers (Cumulative gifts over $1,000 July 2011 – June 2012)

Last year generous people gave more dollars to the Lighthouse and its “Share the Vision” Endowment Campaign than in 2011, helping to secure current and future programs. Our donors have the foresight to share with those who cannot see well. We regret we cannot list every donor but thank you so much to each and every one!

$250,000 - $500,000

The Harris Family Foundation North Suburban Healthcare Foundation

$100,000 - $249,999

Mrs. Lindy Bergman The Chicago Community Trust Unity Challenge Fund The Foundation Fighting Blindness Conrad N. Hilton Foundation United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

$50,000 - $99,999

Associate Board Cless Family Foundation Ms. Anida Johnson “Cookie” Cohen Julius Frankel Foundation The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park Mrs. Beatrice C. Mayer Mr. & Mrs. Raymond McCaskey

$25,000 - $49,999

Lions John & Pat Coleman Carol & Richard Culliton-Metzger Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Forsythe Mr. & Mrs. John Gates, Sr. Dr. Manus C. Kraff 14

Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Lader Mr. & Mrs. Dale Pollak Special Kids Foundation Drs. Janet P. Szlyk & Jeffrey M. Jackson

$10,000 - $24,999

Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Barancik The Barker Welfare Foundation The Berner Charitable & Scholarship Foundation The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation Helen Brach Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William L. Conaghan Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Conley Mrs. Celia Davis Dr. Scholl Foundation Eclipse Manufacturing Company The Field Foundation of Illinois First Nonprofit Insurance Company Fred J. Brunner Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John Gates, Jr. Gerstein Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Gerstein Mr. H. Dennis Giertz The Irving Harris Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David Huber Mr. & Mrs. Val R. Jensen Dr. & Mrs. Joel A. Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. James M. Kesteloot Ms. Elizabeth Amy Liebman Elick & Charlotte Lindon Charitable Trust Mills Family Charitable Foundation Northern Trust Charitable Trust Edmond & Alice Opler Foundation The Private Bank & Trust Company The Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Gary Rich Mr. & Mrs. Steven B. Ross Saks Fifth Avenue (Chicago) The Edward S. Sprague Foundation Roger & Susan Stone Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Harry Tankus Topfer Family Foundation Mrs. Sarita Warshawsky Young Philanthropists Board

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$5,000 - $9,999

Baum Realty Group, LLC BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois BMO Harris Bank Bridgeview Bank Group Mrs. Rosanne Cohen Dr. & Mrs. Michael Conrad Mr. & Mrs. William Cooper CSX Corporation Mr. Richard M. Daley Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Deutsch The James & Judith K. Dimon Foundation Dominick’s Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Fred C. Flosi Mr. Bruce W. Foudree & Ms. Suzanne Reade Ms. Mary B. Galvin Max Goldenberg Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. Hague Illinois Bar Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Kane Locke Lord LLP Mr. & Mrs. Terrence J. Longo Mac Papers, Inc. The Malkin Families Mr. & Mrs. Robert Manning McGraw Foundation Arthur R. Metz Fund, Globe Foundation The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation Naperville Noon Lions Club Pacific Life Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas S. Pangere The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation M. Raess & Son Trucking. The REAM Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Rourke RR Donnelley Mr. & Mrs. Arturo Saenz Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Schnadig Dr. & Mrs. Steve Sholl The Siragusa Foundation Mr. Milan Sluka Mr. Pete & Mrs. Pam Tully Mr. & Mrs. Sye Unell Union Pacific Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999

Mr. & Mrs. Steven H. Adelman Adreani Foundation Am Shalom Mr. & Mrs. Robert Appelbaum Barnes & Thornburg LLP Best Buy The Boeing Company Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Boykin Mr. & Mrs. David Brint Central Steel & Wire Company Mr. & Mrs. Franklin A. Chanen The Chicago Bar Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William Cole CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Deloitte Financial Services LLP District 1-A Lions Clubs Mr. & Mrs. Jon Fisher Forsythe Technology, Inc. Ms. Megan Goldish Grant Thornton LLP The Sam & Sarah Grossinger Foundation Barbara Notz Hines Foundation Mr. Kevin Hurst & Mr. Jeff Byron Illinois Tool Works Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Januszewski Mr. & Mrs. James R. Jennings Ms. Kim Jones Mr. Carl Levine Mr. & Mrs. Michael Meehan Mr. & Mrs. Walter Nathan The Pangere Corporation Mr. Tony Pangere Perkins Coie LLP Retina Consultants, LTD Robert Bosch Tool Corporation Benjamin J. Rosenthal Foundation The Ross Group Mr. & Mrs. Alan Schwartz Seavey Packaging Company Special Kids Network, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Ted Spiegel Rabbi Steven Lowenstein & Mrs. Julie Stark-Lowenstein Ms. Virginia S. Willcox Mr. & Mrs. Ed Young

$1,000 - $2,499

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Andras Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Ascoli Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Bank Mr. Paul A. Bartman Mr. & Mrs. Donald Belgrad Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Bellamy Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William Buecking Mr. & Mrs. John D. Chaney Dr. & Mrs. Warren K. Chapman Chicago Central Lions Club Chicago Heights Lions Club Chicago Stereo Camera Club CIT Group Inc. Clarendon Hills Lions Club Mr. & Mrs. Allan Coleman Mr. & Mrs. James Coleman Mr. Wilbur E. Crooks Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Curley Davis Imperial Cleaners, Inc. Delta Gamma Eta Zeta (University of Chicago) Delta Gamma Eta Pi (DePaul University) Mr. & Mrs. Vernon R. Duncan The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Mr. Stuart J. Feinberg Mrs. Marla Gartska Glen Ellyn Lions Club Mrs. Kris A. Glicken Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gold Goldman Sachs & Company Mr. & Mrs. Donald F. Goldsmith Mr. & Mrs. Jay Gratz Mr. Richard Greenberger Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hennessy Charlotte & Nessa Higginson Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Higginson Mrs. Mary P. Hines Dr. & Mrs. Arnold Hirsch Mr. R. Razz Jenkins & Prof. Patti Interrante Jocarno Fund Mr. & Mrs. John C. Jones Mr. Jean-Claude B. Kappler Mr. Charles Kiven Mr. Dean Klassman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Knight

Gerald A. & Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Carl Konrath Kraff Eye Institute Dr. and Mrs. Colman R. Kraff Dr. Cheryl Kraff-Cooper & Mr. Cary Cooper Dr. & Mrs. Surendra Kumar Mr. Henry L. Latkin Lefkovitz Foundation Mrs. Patricia M. Livingston Dr. Pamela A. Lowe Mr. & Mrs. John R. Lyman Mr. & Mrs. James L. Mann Mr. & Mrs. Edward McCarthy McLean Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William McNally Mr. & Mrs. Steven B. Muslin Mr. & Mrs. Richard Nathan New Trier Township High School Palos Lions Club Pangere/Culver Roofing Park Ridge Lions Club Mr. & Mrs. Ronald N. Paul Primex, Inc. Mr. Paul W. Rink Riverside Township Lions Club Mr. & Mrs. Ira Rosenmertz Mrs. Ramona C. Samuelson Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Scher Ms. Debra L. Schlies & Ms. Kristen White Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Schwartz Mrs. Ilene Shaw Dr. Susan & Mr. David Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Silberman Ms. Carol H. Slott Ms. Pamela Stern Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Susan Miller Tweedy United Way of Tri State Ms. Nora Vallejo Mr. Ray Van Dyke Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Vilim Samuel Weinstein Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Dale Wiersbe Dr. Willie Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Donald P. Woulfe Dr. & Mrs. Wei Xie Mr. & Mrs. Richard Zabelski 15

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lifetime donors

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The list of Lifetime Donors and their cumulative giving grows each year. We honor our past by sharing the names of donors who gave and are still giving to ensure the Lighthouse serves another 100 years! $1,000,000 and over The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Lighthouse Associate Board Mazza Foundation North Suburban Healthcare Foundation Mary Kathryn & Michael Panitch United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

$500,000 - $999,999 Mrs. Lindy Bergman Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Forsythe Kresge Foundation Mrs. Tina Lavezzorio Robert R. McCormick Foundation Microsoft Corporation Polk Bros. Foundation Dr. Scholl Foundation The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

$250,000 - $499,999 The Berner Charitable & Scholarship Foundation Crown Family Philanthropies Julius N. Frankel Foundation Benjamin Benedict Green-Field Foundation The Harris Family Foundation The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park 16

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation JPMorgan Chase Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Joel A. Kaplan Lions Clubs International Foundation Lions of Illinois Foundation Mrs. Beatrice Mayer The Retirement Research Foundation

$100,000 - $249,999 The L & R Anixter Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John S. Bakalar Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Barancik The Barker Welfare Foundation Mr. Bernard J. Beazley The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation BlueCross & BlueShield of Illinois The Boeing Company Mr. & Mrs. William J. Bold BP Amoco Helen Brach Foundation Bridgeview Bank Group Fred J. Brunner Foundation Dr. Roy W. Carlson Mr. & Mrs. Franklin A. Chanen Cless Family Foundation CompTIA Educational Foundation Ernst & Young Exelon Corporation The Field Foundation of Illinois The Foundation Fighting Blindness Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Mr. H. Dennis Giertz The Irving Harris Foundation Helen Keller National Center Mr. & Mrs. Shawn H. Hunt Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Kearney Ms. Mary Liebman Locke Lord LLP McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Raymond McCaskey Arthur R. Metz Fund, Globe Foundation Michael Reese Health Trust Edmond & Alice Opler Foundation Ronald McDonald House Charities The Siragusa Foundation SmithBarney Citigroup The Edward S. Sprague Foundation Topfer Family Foundation W.P. & H.B. White Foundation Mr. Richard H. Wille William Blair & Company Foundation


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Planned Gifts Planned Gifts Received July 2011-June 2012

Milton J. Samuelson Society Members Friends who have remembered The Chicago Lighthouse in their will, estate plan, or who have made another type of planned gift, such as a charitable gift annuity. Anonymous (36) Steven and Pamela Adelman John Cardiello Franklin and Doralu Chanen Helen Collins Sandi Dorst Melvin B. Franklin Andrzej and Marian Gerlach Rich Greenberger Irene Gruthoff Dorothea Hely Lorraine Jacobsen Harry and Lillian Joerger Arthur and Esther Kane James and Barbara Kesteloot Lois Kline

We would like to thank the following event chairs who made our celebrations so successful:

Carl and Margarete Konrath Davida Levy Lee H. Martin Richard C. Maslo Jennifer and Steve Miller John and Winifred Morris Donald G. Morrow William Paullin Barbara Perkis Jeanette Peter Kathleen Peter Beverly V. Peters Paul W. Rink Dr. Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Leonard Rodriquez Ramona C. Samuelson Richard Schnadig Paul and Ann Scher Milan Sluka Harry and Lila Tankus Theodore M. Utchen

Jean Amidon Trust Anna Bratkiewicz Trust Nara Cadorin Trust James Clark Estate George S. DeHesus, Sr. Trust Alex Demond Fund Harriet A. Harlin Trust Carrye & Abraham S. Hart Fund Bernard Jaffee Trust Marjorie Klecar Trust Irma Lobe Trust Cora Davis Magie Fund Ruth Nassau Trust Estate of Obona Estate of Lillian Osterman Florence Schaffenegger Trust Agnes and Dominic Shortino Trust Dollie Swarts Memorial Fund Elvira Teel Trust Abbie E. Tyrrell Fund Estate of Jacqueline Washington George H. Zendt Charitable Trust

Sweets for Sight: Dr. Philip Troyk and Marissa Greco (pictured center with Lighthouse President and Executive Director, Dr. Janet Szlyk and Chief Operating Officer, Terry Longo)

Seeing Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Possible Annual Dinner: Arturo and Janette Saenz

Blind Justice: Judge Nicholas Pomaro and Judge Charles Kocoras

Flair: Lynn Cooper & Ellie Thompson, Co-Chairs

Jazz Night: Lisa Hilton

For information about making a Planned Gift to The Chicago Lighthouse, please contact Jen Miller, Vice President of Development for Individual and Planned Giving, at (312) 997-3643 or email If you have remembered us in your will or estate plan, please let us know, so that we may properly honor you! 18

MJSS Lighthouse tea, Dec 7, 2012

Jazz Night: Nikki George

Sweets for Sight: Dawn Rose

House and Garden Walk: Associate Board, Haley Baer, President


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Financial Summary and Comparison

The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

This condensed financial summary has been prepared by The Chicago Lighthouse. Complete financial statements, including notes and the independent auditor’s report of Grant Thornton LLP, are available upon request and online.

2011 – 2012 Statements of Financial Position

2011 – 2012 Statements of Activities As of June 30

Period ended June 30

Assets 2011 2012 Cash Receivables, Net Inventories Investments Beneficial Interest in Perpetual Trusts Prepaid Expenses Land, Building and Equipment, Net

$ 183,018 3,738,021 995,113 16,338,148 573,624 164,679 11,121,716

$ 530,796 3,235,383 925,884 14,541,982 524,823 237,479 10,925,097

Total Assets





Revenues Contributions & Bequests $ Lighthouse Industries Sales Program Revenues Investment Income Miscellaneous Change in Value of Split-Interest Agreements Net Realized Gain/(Loss) on Investments Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (depreciation) of Long Term Investments Total Revenues



3,794,787 4,584,462 8,226,287 338,981 98,852 73,381 (38,949)


4,078,138 4,259,724 8,307,433 391,326 93,879 (52,919) 1,106,889



$ 18,684,806





15,303,550 2,725,411 659,400 238,255

Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted Unrestricted, Board Designated Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted Subtotal Net Assets

$ 4,136,959

$ 4,376,643



10,468,234 12,654,587 3,843,939 2,010,600 28,977,360


9,647,917 11,052,614 3,880,421 1,963,849 26,544,801

Program Services Management & General Fundraising Public Relations

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$ 33,114,319



82% 14% 3% 1%

Total Expenses $ 19,237,996 $ 18,926,616 Change in Net Assets $ (553,190) $ (2,432,559) Net Assets at Beginning of Year Net Assets at End of Year


15,473,649 2,943,394 590,506 230,447

$ 29,530,550 $ 28,977,360

$ $

28,977,360 26,544,801


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Board of Directors

Lighthouse Leadership

Chairman Bruce Hague President, National Commercial Banking The Private Bank

Thomas Carroll RR Donnelley

Peter Miller Security Systems, Inc. (Retired)

Associate Board

Franklin A. Chanen Partner (Retired) Sidley Austin, LLP

Walter Nathan RTC (Retired)

President Haley Baer

Vice Chairman Sandra C. Forsythe

Robert Clarke Partner Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP

Robert Pascal President ForceRL

President Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D. President/Executive Director The Chicago Lighthouse Treasurer David J. Huber, CFP Huber Financial Assistant Treasurer Warren K. Chapman, Ph.D. Senior Vice President Columbia College Chicago Secretary Paul W. Rink Attorney Assistant Secretary Tom Livingston Resident Vice President CSX Transportation Immediate Past Chair William L. Conaghan Vice Chair and CEO Bridgeview Bank Group Executive Committee Members-At-Large R. Razz Jenkins Purple Squirrel Search Member, AEA, SAG, AFTRA Richard H. Schnadig Special Assistant Labor Division City of Chicago Members Richard R. Boykin Attorney at Law Barnes & Thornburg, LLP David Brint Chief Executive Officer Brinshore Development 22

John Coleman Owner (Retired) Enterprise HVAC

Robert D. Proctor , CFP Financial Advisor Ausdal Financial Partners

Anida Johnson “Cookie” Cohen

Gary Rich Mr. Handyman of Lincoln Park

Thomas Deutsch, M.D. Dean and Sr. Vice President Rush Medical College

David Rosenstein Owner Connexion

Mike Ditka Owner Ditka Corporation

Robert Rourke Vice President LEK Consulting

Bruce Foudree Attorney at Law Boundas, Skarzynski, Walsh & Black, LLC

Arturo Saenz CEO, GSG Consultants, Inc.

H. Dennis Giertz, CLU, ChFC Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Katherine Hochstadt Sr. Director, Revenue Cycle Operations NorthShore University Health Val Jensen Vice President of Marketing and Environmental Programming ComEd James M. Kesteloot, CRC President Emeritus The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Joel A. Kaplan, M.D. Retina Services Ltd. (Retired) Manus C. Kraff, M.D. Kraff Eye Institute Marvin Lader Datavantage Corporation (retired) Theodore Mazola Co-President New West Realty, Inc. Judy McCaskey Educator and Civic Volunteer Michael F. Meehan VP Sales and Marketing Bias Power, Inc.

Paul L. Scher Senior Partner Jordan Scher & Associates Julie A. Stark The Stark Solution Jack Stonebraker Pamela Tully VP of Manufacturing/ITW Hi-Cone Illinois Tool Works Donald J. Vilim Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary AAR CORP Wei Xie Research and Continuous Innovation Leader, Global Operations The Nielsen Company Board of Directors Members Emeriti Carl Konrath Philip L. Cochran Richard R. Fabbrini James McVane, Jr., Esq. Donald H. Palmer Mrs. William A. Patterson Raymond C. Wieboldt, Jr. (Dec’d 1999) Theodore N. Zekman, M.D. (Dec’d 2010)

Young Philanthropist Board

Executive Committee Gail Boorstein Nancy Burstyn Carol Carl Jeanie Coleman Kim Flashner Gayle Harris Sally Higginson Jaclyn Joseph Julie Kraff Dr. Cheryl Kraff-Cooper Nina Mann Sheila Moss Lynn Muslin Joani Oslan Fran Pine Jaimee Schor Ilene Shaw Julie Smith Eydie Sternberg Alison Stolberg Kim Strauss

Robert Johnson, O.D. Kenneth Kirschner, O.D. Jeffrey Koziol, O.D. Cheryl Kraff-Cooper, M.D. Frank P. LaFranco, M.D. Pamela Lowe, O.D. Connie MacQueen, O.D. Tanvi Mago, O.D. Timothy T. McMahon, O.D. Marilyn B. Mets, M.D. Marilyn T. Miller, M.D. Floyd Mizener, O.D. Charlotte Nielsen, O.D. David H. Orth, M.D. Kirk Packo, M.D. Kenneth Robinson, M.D. Peter A. Russo, O.D. Loretta Rutkowski, O.D. James R. Sanderson, O.D. Joel Sugar, M.D. Derrald Taylor, O.D. Daniel J. Tepper, M.D. Lawrence R. Vogel, O.D. Charles Vygantas, M.D. Janice Walser, O.D. Byron Wright, M.D. Walter J. Zinn, O.D.

Professional Advisory Council

Lions Strickfaden Advisory Committee

Co-Chairs Louise Sclafani, O.D. Lawrence J. Ulanski, M.D.

Chairman PDG Lion John Coleman

Thomas Perski, M.A. Senior Vice President Rehabilitation Services

Ricardo Vilchez Director, Information Technology

Greg Polman Senior Vice President Public Policy

Annual Report Credits:

Members Kenneth Alexander, Ph.D. Monique Anawis, M.D. Alan J. Axelrod, M.D. Jordan Beller, O.D. Marcia E. Blake, O.D. Albert A. Bucar, O.D. Sandra Bury, O.D. R. Scott Carlson, O.D. Ronald Carr, O.D. Kimberlee Curnyn, M.D. Randy Epstein, M.D. Gerald A. Fishman, M.D. Bruce Gaynes, O.D. Pharm.D. Jasper Gulotta, O.D. Barry Herst, M.D. Lee Jampol, M.D. Ansel Johnson, O.D.

Members Past Int’l Director Lion Dan O’Reilly Dist. 1A Governor Wes Salsbury Dist. 1A Vice Gov. Austin D’Souza Immediate PDG Lion Steve Anton Lion Richard Carlson PDG Lion John Chisum PDG Lion Ralph Koller PDG Lion Ray Jachim PDG Lion Dennis McMillan Lion Derrick Phillips PDG Lion Georg Toft PDG Lion Allen Warshaw PDG Lion Bob Zavorka

Officers Dawn Rose Marissa Greco Samantha Schoeneman Dr. Philip Troyk Chicago Lighthouse Management Team Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D. President & Executive Director Terrence J. Longo, MBA Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Mary Lynne Januszewski, CPA Executive Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer Melanie Hennessy Senior Vice President Call Center Enterprises and Systems Integration

Mary S. Zabelski Senior Vice President Educational Services Jeanette Bonzani Vice President Human Resources Dominic Calabrese Vice President Public Relations Jean-Claude Kappler Vice President Lighthouse Industries Jennifer Miller, M.A., J.D., LL.M. Vice President Development/Individual and Planned Giving

Sheila Perkins Vice President Employment Services Debra L. Schlies Vice President Development/Advancement Zachary Anderson Director, Contract Management Services Elliott Boston Director, Contract Management Services Kara Crumbliss, O.D. Director, Low Vision Services Gerald Fishman, M.D. Director, Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases Patricia Grant, M.S. Director, Low Vision Research Kevin Hurst Director of Operations, Chicago Lighthouse North Bill Jurek Director, CRIS Radio

Editorial Concept Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D. Writing Dominic Calabrese Design David Wozniak Woz Design Photography Howard Bjornson Dominic Calabrese Ilene Green Chelsea Horrigan Glenn Kaupert Photography Peggy Meller John Reilly Photography Jeff Sciortino Photography 23

The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

In 2012, the Lighthouse continued to provide the highest quality care through its world class vision rehabilitation center and looks forward to meeting the challenge of assisting members of the massive baby boom generation who will be experiencing vision loss in the years ahead.


Kenny T. Ovnik (18 months)

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2012 Annual Report  

The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report

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The Chicago Lighthouse 2012 Annual Report