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6:30 - 10:30PM

Join your colleagues and HOYA for the final evening of Optometry's Meeting® at the celebration before the Celebration! Mix and mingle and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at a reception from 6:30-8pm before the entertainment begins. 

At 8pm we will recognize the 2015-2016 AOA and AOSA boards of trustees and enjoy an evening of entertainment by comedian and actor Sinbad and performance artist Brian Olsen. 

Sinbad has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for more than two decades. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking the trials and tribulations of everyday life and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria. He can also make it sound profound without being profane.

Sinbad is internationally known for his starring appearances in hit movies like “Jingle All the Way,” “Houseguest,” and his film debut “Necessary Roughness,” where he did none of his own stunts! Most recently, Sinbad brings to life Roper, an irascible race official full of sly remarks and colorful commentary in Disney’s animation “Planes.” Sinbad has starred in the television sitcom “A Different World” as well as his own series, “The Sinbad Show,” and he appeared on the third season of “The Apprentice.” Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from his highly-rated HBO comedy specials and his annual HBO music concert series. He has even written a self-help book entitled “Sinbad’s Guide to Life: (Because I Know Everything).”

There is one part of Sinbad’s life that has been a well-kept secret…he is a closet nerd. This comes in handy as a Master of Technology during private corporate engagements for clients such as: Intel Corporation, Breakaway Technologies, Apple, and Microsoft as well as many others. He has served as a spokesperson for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) encouraging minorities to pursue studies in science, math and engineering.

Brian OlsenPreceding Sinbad on the program will be performance artist Brian Olsen. His Art In Action is an explosion, a colorful display of paint, energy, music, and passion. Using fingertips, palms, elbows, and up to three brushes in each hand, Brian paints large portraits of famous people including musicians, sports figures, and top corporate heads in just a matter of minutes. His creations are choreographed to music that is powerful and stimulates the senses.

Brian’s Art in Action is described as “an emotional experience” taking his audience through an amazing journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, and surprise. The term Speed Painter does not do justice to his ability to captivate his audience and share the experience of color, music, and action in a way that brings people into the world of art and creativity. There is a simple message in Brian’s show: Be yourself, be creative, and take chances. You never know what you might discover. But, whatever it is, do it with all your heart.

After the entertainment is over, the celebration continues with a LIVE AUCTION. The AOA will be auctioning two paintings created during the night's festivities by Brian Olsen. The money from the auction will be donated to AOA-PAC and Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation. If you want a chance at one of Brian's paintings, stick around after the Celebration of Optometry to bid or just hang out to see who WINS!!