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Passionate Focus

Passionate Focus 2022

Alison Fortney's Marshy Landscape is a lush scene of water covered in pale green algae with deep green marsh grasses framing the left side and foreground whie tall pines frame the background. Centered in the watery marsh is a dead tree stump.

Marshy Landscape by Alison Fortney

Passionate Focus is Second Sense’s annual event celebrating all our clients, donors, volunteers and staff accomplished over the past year. 

Purchase Tickets for Passionate Focus 2022

This year’s event will be live and in-person! Join us on April 28, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago as we gather to support the adults with vision loss.

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 see 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 2022 sponsors for making this event possible! If you are interested in joining our family of sponsors for Passionate Focus 2022, please contact Cheryl Megurdichian.


Principal Sponsors:

Major Sponsors:

Bill Bass Foundation BNY Mellon Logo
Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation corporate logo JP Morgan Asset Management logo
Mesirow logo

Patron Sponsors:

HarbourVest corporate logo Invesco Logo
National Investment Services corporate logo Neuberger Berman Logo
Parametric Logo Siguler Guff Logo


Aberdeen Standard Logo BMO Harris Wealth Management logo
DLA Piper logo First Eagle Bank Logo
Segall Bryan & Hamill logo


AllianceBernstein Logo Blue Owl Logo Chepov and Scott logo
Green Courte Partners logo Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins,
The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
Debbie and Michael Greenhill
Eric and Sharon Langshur Mark and Cathy Robbins Steven Gould and Ellen Wallace