Passionate Focus

Passionate Focus 2019

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Passionate Focus artwork on display during the opening reception in 2017

Passionate Focus is Second Sense’s annual event celebrating all we accomplished over the past year.  This year’s event is 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.  The hotel is located at 200 N. Columbus Drive, just north of Millennium Park

Friends of Second Sense gather for a vibrant evening of great food, drinks and conversation.  Our event offers an exciting auction, a wine pull and other fun activities.

The highlight of the evening is the Passionate Focus art exhibit and auction.

Artists with vision loss from across the country submit over 100 pieces each year.  A jury of professionals in the art world select the works to be included in the exhibit.  They make their choices based solely on artistic merit and know nothing about the artists’ visual impairment.

The artwork draws you in.  You find yourself focusing on the artistic vision, not the artist’s visual impairment. All the artists share a passion to express themselves through their art; sharing with the world their reality.

The event is not only a fantastic evening to celebrate the exhibit; it is a way for Second Sense to further our mission. Guests are amazed at the range of work and the talent of the artists. They walk away with the realization that vision loss does not stop a person from pursuing their dreams — whether they dream to create art, practice the law or simply live independently.

Please take the time to look at the art in:

You can also learn more about the artists — they each have a unique story to tell.

We thank all our 2019 sponsors for helping to make this event possible!  If you are interested in joining our famoly of sponsors for Passionate Focus 2019, please contact Cheryl Megurdichian.

Principal Sponsors:

Marquette Associates Logo LSV Asset Managment
Alpana and Dipankar Mukhopadhyay Ullico Logo

Major Sponsors:

ABS Investment Management Bill Bass Foundation
Nuveen Logo


Aberdeen Standard Investments Logo Barnes and Thornburg Logo
BNY Mellon Logo Fort Washington Logo
HarbourVest Partners Logo Illinois College of Optometry Logo
Illinois Eye Institute Logo Investco Logo
National Investment Services Logo Parametric Logo
Siguler Guff Logo

Partnering Sponsors:

BMO Global Asset Management Logo Chicago Equity Partners Logo
DLA Piper Logo First Eagle Bank logo
JP Morgan Asset Management Logo Neuberger Berman Logo
Segall Bryant and Hamill Logo

Supporting Sponsors:

Abundant Venture Consulting Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
Chepov & Scott Logo Chuhak & Tecson Logo
The Fraida-Cameron Foundation Green Courte Partners Logo
Genentech Logo HSA Commercial Real Estate
Northern Trust Logo