Some early supporters acknowledged in the narrative were Mrs Pratibha Rao, Prof James Aquavella, Dr Sriram Sonty, Carl Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb,
Mr Subbarao Makineni, Mrs and Mr Steve Jenner, though the valued list of supporters and patrons includes many, many more. Present
on the occasion, Ms Katherine Dhanani, US Consul General in Hyderabad, spoke of the close ties between organizations in the US and LVPEI, while Mr David Holly, Australia's Consul General for South India, highlighted the Institute's robust research program that works in collaboration with several Australian centers.
Among other eminent guests who spoke warmly and evocatively of their association with the Institute were Dr Allen Foster, President of CBM and Co-Director of the International Centre for Eye Health, UK, and Dr R Pararajasegaram, Founding Member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness and the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. Dr Foster traced CBM's 20-year-old partnership with LVPEI, adding, "We receive more than we give." Dr Pararajasegaram commended LVPEI's high standards as a Centre of Excellence. "I learn more than and beyond what I can teach on my visits,"
Prof Hugh Taylor, Melbourne Laureate Professor and Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne, who had played a key role in the landmark epidemiological APEDS study led by LVPEI and the Centre for Eye Research Australia, also spoke of his association with the Institute. Several major donors had earlier recorded their messages: Mr Ashok Devineni (Nava Bharat Ventures Ltd), Dr Kallam Anji Reddy (Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd), Dr B R Barwale (Mahyco), Prof Brien Holden (Brien Holden Vision Institute), Dr Leonor Beleza (Champalimaud Foundation), Ms Pat Ferguson (Operation Eyesight Universal), Dr Paul J Dubord (Eyesight International), Mr G Mallikarjuna Rao (GMR Group), Mr Kode Satyanarayana (Spectra Group), and
Mr V C Janardan Rao (Veljan Hydrair Ltd).
Lots of people trusted in us and invested in us and the scorecard isn't too bad…with 14 million people served, over 50% of them free." He summed up the LVPEI family's 'Tribute to Supporters' in these words: "How can we adequately thank all of you? People gave us from a bag of lemons in gratitude for our services, to millions of dollars in donation. Some of you were acknowledged today, but for some others, it is impossible to recount all your names here. To all of you, we owe a great degree of indebtedness. And we hope we have lived up to your expectations, for this is only the beginning, yet."
The evening closed with Dr Anthony Vipin Das' keyboard performance of his own musical composition "Soaring High."