HFS Event

Sight Savers America



Annually, Sight Savers America holds a special celebration to honor individuals or organizations whose impact on children’s eye care in the state of Alabama has been both lasting and profound.  The Sight Savers America Hall W. Thompson Hero For Sight Award is presented each year in honor of Hall Thompson’s legacy of supporting children’s eye care in Alabama.  Hall was instrumental in helping Sight Savers America expand to serve children in all 67 Alabama counties.  Through the work of Sight Savers America, Alabama is a national model for children’s eye care and Hall Thompson played an important role in that achievement.

The inaugural year for the Sight Savers America Hero For Sight Event was 2014.  Recipients and Artist of the Sight Savers America Hall W. Thompson

Hero For Sight Award Recipients & Artists are listed below:

2020 – Torrey DeKeyser, Executive Director, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama S S A logo, high-rez Artist: Mary Dignan-Rosten

2019 – Dr. Kathy Weise, Director of Pediatric Optometry, UAB School of Optometry S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  John Bramblitt

2018 – Edwina Taylor, Executive Director, Cahaba Valley Health Care S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  Ricky Trione

2017 – Doyce Williams, President & CEO, Alabama Eye Bank S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  George Mendoza

2016 – Monday Morning Quarterback Club/Crippled Children’s Foundation S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  Amy Monthei

2015 – Hartwell Davis, Jr. S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  Allan Eddy

2014 – Songs for Sight S S A logo, high-rez Artist:  Jeff Hanson


The Sight Savers America Hall W. Thompson Hero For Sight Award is permanently displayed on the 25-foot tribute wall in the first floor lobby of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  The space is comprised of several elements, including a plaque that shares the mission and scope of Sight Savers America’s work, a plaque that honors Hall Thompson’s work on behalf of children’s vision in Alabama, and plaques recognizing the Hero For Sight Award recipients.  A unique part of the space is the original work of art that is commissioned on an annual basis.  This original artwork will be displayed in the center of the space for one year to honor the current award recipient.

Media coverage from prior HERO FOR SIGHT events: