Optometry Giving Sight is delighted to announce that the Vision Source Million Dollar Campaign has now achieved its target. The campaign, which was initiated in April 2015, sought to increase the amount of funds available to support all of Optometry Giving Sight’s funded projects throughout the world, with a specific focus on the proposed School of Optometry in Haiti. The target was achieved at the recent Vision Source Exchange meeting in San Antonio.
“Its been an incredible effort that has involved all our monthly donors, the Member Support Center teams who raised close to $300,000 as part of the World Sight Day Challenge, key sponsors such as Essilor, CooperVision and more recently Bausch & Lomb, and all the practices who participate in the I Care & Share program, the World Sight Day Challenge or who have made individual gifts,” said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “We thank them all sincerely for their support.”
Optometry Giving Sight CEO Clive Miller presents at the Vision Source Exchange
The Exchange Meeting was also an opportunity for Optometry Giving sight to celebrate 59 individuals and practices for their continuous monthly giving since 2007. These generous donors were recognized as our 2016 Philanthropist of the Year. See the full list of the Philanthroposts of the year here.
Dr. Ted McElroy, SECO President and President and CEO of Vision Source Tifton in Georgia, was also honored with the Practice of the Year award for his long-term support of Optometry Giving Sight; and Drs. Thomas and Susan Quinn of Quinn, Foster & Associates, in Ohio, were honored with the World Sight Day Challenge Achievement award for their staff’s enthusiastic commitment to the Challenge since 2007.
Dr. Ted McElroy
“The reason I got involved in Optometry Giving Sight in the first place is because many years ago, Brien Holden came and spoke to the AOA House of Delegates and rolled out the program,” said Dr. Ted McElroy. “During that program, he showed a video of a little girl getting a pair of glasses for the very first time, and when they put the glasses on her, she literally jumped. Just the emotion of seeing her having sight for the first time made me realize Optometry Giving Sight was something I had to be a part of.”
Dr. McElroy is a monthly donor, a World Sight Day participant and has implemented Optometry Giving Sights’ I Care & Share program.
“The thing that I like most about Optometry Giving Sight, and what makes me not only contribute, but also encourage others to contribute is that the programs that they fund are sustainable,” remarked Dr. Susan Quinn.
Dr. Susan Quinn and Dr. Tom Quinn
“The thing I like the most is that it’s about ‘optometry,’ commented Dr. Tom Quinn. “I love my profession. Uncorrected myopia is the leading cause of vision disability in the world. Optometry Giving sight can help us make a difference.”
The Quinn’s entire staff supports Optometry Giving Sight, and in addition to their World Sight Day participation, they are monthly donors.
“We are so fortunate to have the support of these generous individuals and practices,” said Clive Miller said. “I am grateful to each of them for helping to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission of funding sustainable vision care projects in the developing world.”
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