Luminaries to Hold Gala for Eye Institute


First published in the May 19 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Luminaires, the 48-year-old group that provides support to the world-renowned Doheny Eye Institute, will celebrate the institute’s recent move to West Pasadena with a gala benefit luncheon on June 8 to be held at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.
The theme of the event, “Back in the High Life, Again!,” reflects the desire to get back to travel, have fun and enjoy entertainment after two years of restrictions due to the pandemic.
Event chairwoman Alison Winter of Pasadena and her committee are planning a special day to honor the medical professionals, research scientists and support staff at the Doheny Eye Institute.
The event will open with a boutique, featuring a variety of popular vendors.
At the event, the Satellite Sisters, Lian Dolan and Liz Dolan, will be the featured speakers.
Lian Dolan will introduce guests to her latest book, “Lost and Found in Paris.”
She is a writer, producer and podcaster who lives in West Pasadena. She is the author of “The Sweeney Sisters” and two Los Angeles Times best-selling novels, as well as the editor of the Satellite Sisters’ book, “You’re the Best.”
In addition, Lian Dolan produces “Satellite Sisters,” a hit podcast recorded weekly with her sisters, Julie and Liz.
Liz Dolan brings strong marketing skills to the partnership, having been the chief marketing officer for Nike, Oprah, Fox Sports and numerous other major companies.
She also has made numerous lists, including “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” and “100 Most Powerful Women in Cable.”
The newly remodeled property that is now home to Doheny Eye Institute is at 150 N. Orange Grove Blvd. The building was the former headquarters of Avery International. Doheny Eye Institute is a not-for-profit scientific, educational and clinical enterprise dedicated to excellence in vision research and ophthalmologic care.
The Doheny Eye Center UCLA Pasadena Clinic, previously located near Huntington Hospital, has also relocated to the new headquarters. Patients will continue to receive ophthalmic care from Doheny-UCLA physicians.
At the Doheny Research Institute, new, non-invasive imaging techniques are being developed and used that reveal microscopic features about blood vessels, neurons and the delicate parts of the eye that reflect damage occurring elsewhere in the body.
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases can be detected, characterized and monitored by scientists at Doheny, allowing for measurement, via the eye, of effective and new treatments.
For more information about the June 8 benefit, contact Christy Bradley at