UCP Names Sacramento’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year
Annual event to raise funds for people with developmental disabilities
Rob Lynch of VSP Global will be honored at UCP of Sacramento and Northern California’s 21st Annual Humanitarian of the Year Award Dinner 5:30-9 p.m., May 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Sacramento. The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to individuals who have displayed a passion for life and a desire to work toward enhancing the lives of others. The event is UCP’s largest fundraiser of the year and supports its programs that empower people with developmental disabilities.
“Rob Lynch has proven himself a leader, both in business and in our community,” said Doug Bergman, president and CEO, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California. “We are honored to name him the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year.”
Since joining VSP as president and CEO in 2006, Lynch has led the growth and global expansion of the company, resulting in a $4 billion multifaceted enterprise. VSP provides vision insurance and benefits administration in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, operates eight optical laboratories, provides e-commerce and practice management solutions to more than 29,000 doctors and, with the acquisition of Marchon eyewear in 2008, has a presence in more than 100 countries.
More than 600 people are expected to attend Sacramento’s premier humanitarian event, which has raised more than $2 million for local children, adults and families with developmental disabilities. Last year’s event raised $301,300 through ticket sales, sponsorships, and live and silent auctions.
This year’s auction items include a 2014 Mazda2, Broadway tickets for two, KNBR and CBS season holder’s suites at a Giants game, three-night stay at the InterContinental Times Square New York City with four New York Yankees tickets, other hotel stays, golf packages, wine events, fine dining and more. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Stefanie Wastell at firstname.lastname@example.org g or (916) 283-8317.
Each month, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California serves 3,800 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter and Yolo counties. Programs include adaptive horseback riding, UCP’s Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State, adult day programs, independent living services, transportation and in-home respite care for families. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.ucpsacto.org .