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LEBDV Serves the Community

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley's (LEBDV) President/CEO, Jim Quirk, and staff teamed with Philabundance at the A.T. Buzby farm in Woodstown, NJ. The ambitious group of volunteers harvest over 4,000 lbs. of sweet corn in one morning setting the record for Philabundance's largest gleaning event of the season.

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Gleaning is simply the act of collecting excess fresh produce from local farms. It provides local and fresh produce to individuals across the Delaware Valley facing hunger. In 2014, the Gleanmbitious group of volunteers harvested over 4,000 lbs. of sweet corn in one morning, setting the record for Philabundance's largest gleaning event of the season. 

ing Program harvested over 200,000 lbs. of fresh produce to distribute to Philabundance's network of agencies and community members. 

Philabundance was founded on the belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. It supports and distributes food to 400 local kitchens, shelters and pantries.

Philabundance is focusing on its agricultural initiative with the Gleaning Program and needs support from volunteers like the Eye Bank for assistance. "Philabundance is always looking for ways to get fresh, nutritious produce into the hands of community members. We are fortunate to be located in an agriculturally rich area of the Delaware Valley. Partnering with farms like A.T. Buzby allows us to obtain much needed produce that would otherwise go to waste," says Nick Giardina, Assistant Manager of Seasonal Initiatives at Philabundance.

Staff was eager to support their community in a different way. "It is easy to become consumed in our day-to-day routines," says President/CEO, Jim Quirk. "Volunteering at Philabundance gave us an opportunity to support a neighboring organization and serving our community."

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is committed to enhancing a person's quality of life by restoring or improving vision through corneal transplantation, medical research and education.

21st Annual "Gift of Sight" Charity Golf Classic!

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley and Golf Committee Chairman, Fred Frisch, hosted its 21st Annual "Gift of Sight" Charity Golf Classic at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ. We thank this year's sponsors, golfers, volunteers and all those who made the event a memorable day of camaraderie and philanthropy. We are truly grateful for the support of such passionate and generous attendees. 

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Proceeds from the outing directly supported the Eye Bank's Gratis Tissue Fund

Sponsors from all levels coupled with this year's auction raised over $22,000. Seven individuals in the Delaware Valley will now benefit from a sight restoring transplant and have a second chance of being able to see. . This fund allows the Eye Bank to provide corneal tissue to individuals in need of a sight restoring cornea transplant but unable to afford the associated costs. Lions Ee Bank was founded on the belief that every person deserves the best sight possible, regardless of their financial situation and works tirelessly to keep its commitment to the community.

Cornea recipients of all ages joined this year's golf outing including two special guests, Peyton and Kacey. Energy and laughter quickly spread across the room as they greeted unfamiliar faces with big smiles. 

We congratulate this year's first place winners: Mark Needham, Gary Ceechett, Jay Stout and Kevin Yingling!

Please support LEBDV by sharing information and making a financial donation to the Gratis Tissue Fund today. 

Mark Green Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Philadelphia, PA--- Mark Green was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley during its 58th Annual Meeting held on June 20, 2015 at the Loft at Landis Creek in Limerick, PA.

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) is a nonprofit organization, serving residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Each year in the United States over 40,000 individuals have their sight restored through corneal transplantation, and hundreds of thousands benefit from medical research and education made possible by donated eye tissue. LEBDV works 365 days a year to provide cornea recipients with the highest quality and safest corneal tissue available. Since 1957, the organization has helped facilitate over 38,000 surgeries.

Since joining the Board of Trustees in 2010, Mark has served as a member of various committees including Constitution/Bylaws, Annual Audit Review and Budget/Finance.

In 2013, Mark received the prestigious Exelon Energy for the Community Award. A grant of $5,000 was donated to LEBDV in honor of his service. PECO and its parent company Exelon have a strong tradition of community leadership in the Philadelphia region.

For Mark, no task is too large or small. “I found my passion in volunteering at a very young age. When I was seven, I started volunteering at the local fire company, where my sister served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary. It was something my family was part of. At 15, I became a volunteer firefighter and 35 years later remain active. At 16 years old, I was trained to be an EMT. Saving and bettering lives is very important to me, which is why serving as Chairman of LEBDV and the thought of giving an individual a second chance of sight is so rewarding,” Mark says.

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