Sight Savers America held a special luncheon March 24 at the B&A Warehouse to present its second annual Hall W. Thompson Hero for Sight Award to Hartwell Davis Jr.
More than 250 people attended, including eye care, corporate and community leaders from across the state.
The award is named after Hall Thompson, an Alabama business leader who served on the board of Sight Savers America and had a profound impact on the organization and on children’s vision issues in Alabama.
Sight Savers America presents the award each year to recognize an individual or organization whose impact on children’s eye care and health have been both long lasting and profound.
Davis is chairman of the board of Metalplate Galvanizing, Inc. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Crippled Children’s Foundation, former captain of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and past chairman of the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama. Hartwell has been an advocate for children’s eye care and the work of Sight Savers America for many years.
“Hartwell was a close friend of Hall Thompson, and they shared a profound commitment to children’s eye care and the work of Sight Savers America,” said Jeff Haddox, founder and CEO of Sight Savers America. “Hartwell embodies exactly what this award is all about.”
Sight Savers America is commemorating this year’s award through an original painting created specifically for this event by Allan Eddy, an internationally known artist from Atlanta who is able to overcome his own severe visual impairment to create artwork.
The Sight Savers America Hall W. Thompson Hero for Sight Award is permanently displayed in the first floor lobby of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. This year’s painting, “Eye Wonder,” will be displayed there for one year to honor Davis before being auctioned next year.