Date: November 9, 2019
Location: Loews Atlanta Hotel
Join us at the 3rd Annual Night for Sight Gala, benefiting Prevent Blindness Georgia and our sight-saving programs.
Last year, through the generosity and support of patrons, sponsors, and donors, the funds raised helped us vision screen 11,150 children and provide 22 adult vision clinics!
Support and connect with us during an evening of fundraising with a silent auction, live music, cocktails, and dinner. We will also honor the 2019 Person of Vision whose leadership and vision make Georgia a better place to live.
Mariela Romero has been named Regional Community Empowerment Director in Philadelphia, Raleigh and Atlanta and is expected to implement the corporate responsibility platforms of Univision Communications under the “Contigo” property. She will also develop content for special programs as she will continue to serve as anchor and producer of news magazine Conexión Fin de Semana in all three markets. Romero has interviewed former President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter, Civil Rights leader and Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee, Reverend C.T. Vivian, American labor leader Dolores Huerta and Dr. Bernice King among other distinguished public figures. Mariela’s distinction and recognition in the Atlanta community are indisputable, as is her unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence, now with a broader role she looks forward to reaching new audiences and for the many opportunities to build on her passion for informing and empowering Spanish speaking viewers. Mariela has received 21 Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts – South East region – among other accolades, and holds a degree in Journalism from Universidad Católica Argentina as well as a degree in Social Communications from Universidad de Belgrano. She also studied TV Broadcasting and Production at Buenos Aires’s Centro de Estudios de la Comunicación. Before moving to the U.S. in 1996, Mariela was a producer for the popular talk show “Tu y yo Con…” for Televén network. She is a native of Caracas, Venezuela.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Gerald (Rusty) E. Rodts Jr, MD attended Princeton University where he majored in biology and played varsity baseball. Dr. Rodts received his medical degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, completed residency at UCLA, and finished a post-graduate spine fellowship at Emory University. In 2005, he joined his orthopaedic spine colleagues in the Emory Spine Center. Currently, Dr. Rodts is Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Emory Department of Neurosurgery, Emory School of Medicine, and the Chief of Neurosurgery Service at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Specializing in general and complex spine surgery, Dr. Rodts' clinical interests in spine include computer-assisted image-guided spine surgery, degenerative conditions, tumors, rheumatoid arthritic conditions of the cervical spine, revision spine surgery, spinal implant design, traumatic injuries, and education and training. He has served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Scientific Chairman of the CNS, Joint Spine Section, and President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society.
Every year since 2005, Dr. Rodts has received the Castle Connolly Research Award as a Top Neurosurgeon in the United States and has been named one of Atlanta Magazine's Top Neurosurgeons. He was the recipient of the 2019 Hugh McLeod Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Rodts is a Neuro-trauma Consultant to the National Football League and a consultant to the Department of Justice. He is also on the editorial boards of several neurosurgery/spine journals. Known for his compassionate bedside manner and professionalism, Dr. Rodts is also an avid baseball and football fan and enjoys surfing, reading, and attending his kids’ extra-curricular activities.