Paradise Valley resident awarded 2015 Visionary Award

Mark Dwane

Mark Dwane (submitted photo)

Foundation for Blind Children has named Paradise Valley resident Mark Dewane its 2015 Visionary Award recipient.

The Visionary Award recognizes those who have impacted the blind and visually impaired community in a significant way. Previous Foundation for Blind Children Visionary Award winners include Larry Fitzgerald, Ken Kendrick, Derrick Hall, Jerry Moyes, Walt Brown, John Langbein and Rich Dozer, according to a press release.

The award is presented at Foundation for Blind Children’s annual Night for Sight Gala held at Dominicks Steakhouse in Scottsdale.

“Mark Dewane was a board member, our president and a prolific fundraiser for FBC. He hired me and guided me through the first year of my career at FBC,” stated Marc Ashton, CEO, Foundation for Blind Children, in the release. “He was always there when we needed him. And still is.”

Mr. Dewane helped found the annual Night for Sight Gala for the Foundation for Blind Children in 2006, hosted at Dominick’s Steakhouse.

Night for Sight has raised over $4 million for Arizona’s blind and visually impaired students, $ million of it in 2007 when Mr. Dewane chaired the event. He raised an additional $2 million over the years from his business and personal contacts, the release stated.

“I have been honored to be able to serve the children, adults and families who benefit from the services of the Foundation for Blind Children. This is one of the best ‘public-private’ partnerships in Arizona,” stated Mr. Dewane in the release. “Being the recipient of the Visionary Award is very humbling. The real people who should be honored are the children and families who live with visual impairment. They face and overcome daily challenges that I can’t even imagine. They are true heros.”

Mr. Dewane is a graduate of Arizona State University, class of 1985, with a degree in business.

He represents district 2 on the governing board of Maricopa Integrated Health System. He served as vice-chairman since 2012. MIHS operates the Arizona Burn Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Desert Vista Psychiatric Hospital and is Arizona’s only public hospital.

Mr. Dewane has been a Senior Vice President of Investments for 30 years and works with RBC Wealth Management. His volunteer activities also include being on the board of the Arizona Organizing Committee for the College Football Championship and as Chairman of the Board for the Scottsdale Business Development Forum.

Mr. Dewane has been married to his wife Wendy for 23 years. They are parents of Justin and Elizabeth who attend the University of Arizona.

“As a 44 year resident of Arizona, I feel that it is incumbent upon all of us to work to better our community. The community supports us and we should work to make it better. It’s not an option for me. It’s a calling,” stated Mr. Dewane in the release. “The Foundation for Blind Children makes Arizona a much better place for all of its residents.”

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