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CHICAGO, June 22, 2016 – CharityVision, a Salt Lake City non-profit organization, raised nearly $1 million at their second annual Fight Night on Saturday, June 11. The black-tie fundraiser boasted a feature fight between legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya and boxing enthusiast Mario Lopez at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City. Josh Romney, CharityVision’s president, served as the night’s emcee and Jenn Blosil, a top 15 finalist on this season of American Idol, sang the national anthem. Mexican luchadores, appetizers and a live and silent auction also played a part in drawing hundreds of donors to the unique event in support of a deserving cause.

A non-profit based in Utah, CharityVision provides medical equipment, clinics, vision screenings, eye surgeries and training to doctors in poverty-stricken areas across the globe. Their goal for this year’s event was to raise enough money to cover 40,000 sight-restoring surgeries.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ll be able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people in a hugely significant way,” shared CharityVision President Josh Romney. “We are thrilled by the success of the event and can’t thank Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez, and all of our supporters enough.”

Gesture, a Chicago-based mobile bidding technology company, partnered with CharityVision to help the organization double the revenue from silent auction and donations from last year’s inaugural fundraiser. Gesture worked alongside the CharityVision team to advise and plan prior to the event and provided an on-site professional team that managed seamless mobile bidding, fast and flawless check in and out, direct donations and a real-time dashboard that offered insights directed to increase fundraising.

“With Gesture’s help, we were able to raise more money than we had last year and make an even bigger impact,” Romney said. “They supported us during the planning process and were assets to me and my team throughout the fundraiser and post event analysis. It’s a great partnership, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

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Gesture is a technology company based in the Chicagoland area that helps non-profit organizations raise more money through a unique technology platform. Since 2011, Gesture has managed over 3,000 events for non-profit charity partners and helped raise over $330 million. Founder, Jim Alvarez drives the team of over 50 full-time staff members to continue to help more charities raise more money across the country.

CharityVision is focused on empowering local physicians in 25 developing countries to overcome curable blindness and poor vision by providing eye exams, glasses, surgeries, and eye-care clinics. In 2015, doctors in CharityVision clinics around the globe restored the sight of more than 40,000 patients.