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Passionate Focus 2017

Passionate Focus is Second Sense’s annual event celebrating all that was accomplished over the past year.  Our 2017 event will be held on Thursday, April 20 in the unique Moulin Rouge room at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

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

The highlight of the evening is the Passionate Focus art exhibit showcasing the work of artists with vision loss. The artwork draws you in, so you focus on the artistic vision, not the artist’s visual impairment. These artists share a passion to express themselves through their art; sharing with the world their reality.

Each year, over 100 pieces are submitted for consideration by a jury of professionals in the art world. The jurors select the works to be included in the exhibit based solely on their artistic merit and are not provided with any information about the artists’ visual impairment.

Three images from Passionate Focus 2016: Blossoms and Stems by Rosemarie Fortney, Storm a Brewing by Nora Devane and the Kings 19th Cousin by Charles Blackwell

Blossoms and Stems by Rosemarie Fortney; Storm a Brewing by Nora Devane; The King’s 19th Cousin by Charles Blackwell

The event is not only a fantastic evening to celebrate the exhibit; it is a way for Second Sense to further our mission. Guests to the exhibit are amazed at the range of work and the talent of the artists. They walk away with the realization that vision loss does not impede 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  sponsors for helping to make this year’s event possible!  If you are interested in sponsoring Passionate Focus 2017, please contact Cheryl Megurdichian.

Principal Sponsors:

DLA Piper Logo Ullico Logo
Alpana and Dipankar Mukhopadhyay  

Major Sponsors:

ABS Logo  
Illinois College of Optometry Logo Illinois Eye Institute Logo
LSV Asset Management Logo Marquette Associates Logo  

Patron Sponsors:

National Investment Services Logo US Bank Logo
Alpana and Dipankar Mukhopadhyay  


Chartwells Dining Service Chicago Equity Partners Logo  
Parametric Logo  


Barnes & Thornburg Logo CBIZ logo Crowe Horwath Logo
Green Courte Partners Logo The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation