Schott raises $5,500 at Photonics West for homeless charity

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SCHOTT Advanced Optics, a branch of the international technology group SCHOTT, raised $5,500 for Project Night Night through a donation drive at the 2015 SPIE Photonics West show in San Francisco. After collecting more than $2,000 in donations during the show, SCHOTT matched the proceeds, bringing the grand total for Project Night Night to $5,500.

Project Night Night, a San Francisco-based charity, assembles care packages for homeless children throughout the United States, helping them get a restful and comfortable night’s sleep through small luxuries such as a new blanket, children’s books, and a stuffed animal. On the last day of the show, Executive Vice President of SCHOTT Advanced Optics Christoph Fark presented a check to Kendra Stitt Robins, Project Night Night’s Founder and Executive Director. The donation from SCHOTT and the attendees of Photonics West will help the charity create the 25,000 packages it produces each year.

“During this Year of Light, the world is celebrating the advances made in light technologies that affect our lives daily,” said Thea Marcoux, Marketing Director at SCHOTT Advanced Optics. “The contributions made by those at Photonics West reflect a deeper understanding of the role a little light can play in the lives of children in need. By partnering with Project Night Night, we can help provide a bit of brightness to these children across the United States.”

“On behalf of the Advanced Optics team, I want to personally thank everyone who stopped by the SCHOTT booth and helped us raise money for Project Night Night,” said Fark. “Together, our donations are helping build packages that can have a profound impact on the life of a child.”

SCHOTT Advanced Optics produces a number of specialty glasses used in a variety of industries. For example, the extremely low thermal expansion ZERODUR® glass ceramic is used in some of the world’s largest telescopes as well as other applications. IR materials are employed in night-vision and medical diagnosis and treatment equipment. Laser glasses, specialty filter glasses, and other optical glasses and materials play a vital role in the consumer, industrial, defense, and medical markets, among others. For more information on SCHOTT Advanced Optics, visit