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April 2015 : Star Awards Presented at the Calvin Klein Collection Flagship Store

Karen A. Michaelson (ABOC), Mentoring Committee
Karen A. Michaelson (ABOC), Mentoring Committee
By Karen A. Michaelson (ABOC), Mentoring Committee
(OWA Events)
Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event

The Calvin Klein Collection's flagship location on Madison Avenue was the perfect setting for presenting the annual star awards including the Pleiades and Pyxis awards. The vibrant and enchanting evening was filled with cocktails, networking, and even a bit of shopping, with well over one hundred members, supporters, and guests in attendance. The unique venue was elegant, fresh, and full of laughter as new ideas and relationships blossomed.

The highlight of the evening was the official presentation of the star awards, and celebration of our very special guests of honor, the 2015 award winners, Maureen Cavanagh and Amy Spiezio.

Thank you to all that attended and share in the OWA's passion and vision! Special thank you to our event sponsor, Marchon, and to all of our sponsors, without whom, we could not continue to create such memorable and meaningful events.

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OWA members and guests celebrate the 2015 OWA award honorees (and enjoy networking and some shopping, too) at the OWA Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event at Calvin Klein Collection's flagship store on Madison Avenue. 2015 Pleiades honoree, Maureen Cavanagh, president of the Vision Impact Institute; and 2015 Pyxis honoree Amy Spiezio, executive editor of Eyecare Business were presented to the celebrants, and were given their Swarovski crystal star awards.

Mark Ginsberg, Robert Scheinberg, and Donna Rollins of Marchon were our gracious hosts for the event.

2015 OWA Pleiades Award honoree, Maureen Cavanagh (r), celebrates with her special family guests, sister Lois Cavanagh Gorman and niece Kelly Gorman.

2015 OWA Pyxis Award honoree Amy Spiezio (Eyecare Business) is congratulated by Ken Williams (OWA guest) and OWA President Christie Walker (Jobson).

OWA Star Award event guests enjoy elegant cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Calvin Klein Collection.

Tiara Claxton (Safilo) and Kristin McLaughlin (Silhouette)

Event guests enjoy a bit of shopping while celebrating; these two are checking out pairs of Calvin Klein Collection sunglasses.

Amy Spiezio (Eyecare Business) accepts the 2015 Pyxis Award and addresses the event guests.

Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute) accepts the 2015 Pleiades Award and addresses the event guests.

OWA President Christie Walker (Jobson, center) congratulates award honorees Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute, left) - 2015 Pleiades Award honoree, and Amy Spiezio (right) - 2015 Pyxis Award honoree.

David Friedfeld (ClearVision Optical), Pat Bonda (Gilbert Display), Audrey Pavia (Tura), and Julie Allen (Tura)

Deb Malakoff Castor (The Vision Council), OWA guests Anthony Malakoff and Jack McGrath, Deb Lochli McGrath (Marchon), and Sean Cooley (Altair)

OWA 2015 Board Members: Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center), Debbie Myres (Pacific Northern), Tiara Claxton (Safilo), Debbie Forstenzer (Debra Forstenzer Consulting), Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision), Liz Segre (Access Media Group), Heather Smith (VisionWeb), Ann E. Englert (Englert Solutions), Jennifer Jackson (Opti-Port), Christie Walker (Jobson). Not pictured: Kate Renwick-Espinosa (VSP Global), and Barbara Wagner (Santinelli International).

Deb Lochli (Marchon) and Ann E. Englert (Englert Solutions) help distribute beautifully decorated (and delicious!) OWA logo cookies, contributed by OWA member Vickie Sullinger (Optical Resources).

Jen Jackson (Opti-Port), Dave Beebe (OWA Executive Director), 2015 OWA Pleiades Award honoree Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute), and Tiara Claxton (Safilo)


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