Who: Physicians, healthcare workers, and Target Field lovers.
What: Phillip Eye Institute’s 4th annual Urban Cocktail Party
Where: Carew Atrium, Legends Club, Target Field
When: November 6, 2010
Why: To raise awareness and funds for Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Hospitals and Clinics.
As headmaster of MSP’s doctor coverage (think Medical Guide, Top Doctors, and Top Dentists), I have doctors on the brain pretty much year round. As a native Minnesotan, I, of course, love the Twins. Combine the two and you’ll find me pleasantly in the middle of the The Phillips Eye Institute’s annual cocktail party, cutely named Keep Your EYE on the Ball, held at the Twinkies home field.
The Carew Atrium at Target Field’s Legends Club was the perfect venue for doctors and partygoers alike. I was quick to hit up the food stations with holiday-themed eats (turkey on rolls with cranberry sauce), chewy pretzels with hot cheese sauce and sausages from Kramarczuk’s, and the sushi bar while my plus one noshed on roast beef with horseradish. President of the Twins David St. Peter was on-hand to welcome guests. After his remarks I spotted him chatting with Bill Kenney, president of Phillips Eye, and Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. MPR’s Kerri Miller played emcee for the evening—not too shabby if you ask me.
The open bar included a specialty cocktail made just for the event; a delicious concoction with Hershey’s syrup in it. Yum. And while I was waiting for my cocktail du jour I just happened to spot Dr. Robert Ramsay, who was honored at the event. I would have run over to chat, but the chocolate was calling my name.
Once I downed my drink, I headed over to the Spectacle Shoppe stand near the back of the atrium where guests could try on glasses. I had a ball rocking different looks by trying on nearly 20 pairs.
While I was sporting my new four-eyed look, I learned that the Phillips Eye Institute was created close to 25 years ago by and for ophthalmologists so there would be a venue for the treatment and diagnosis of eye diseases and disorders. Partygoers learned that the EYE stands for PEI’s Early Youth Eyecare Community Initiative, which devotes its resources to making sure children have the access to care and families have information to make sure children are able to receive regular vision screenings and eye treatments.
Helping children see with a fun cocktail party? What a great vision!