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Matching Funds Challenge Allows Eye Bank to Provide Gratis Tissue for Transplant to 19 Individuals

PHILADELPHIA, PA February 16, 2016 – Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) is pleased to announce the Matching Funds Challenge Campaign exceeded its goal of $30,000 from community donors, allowing the Eye Bank to provide gratis tissue to 19 individuals for sight-restoring transplant surgery.

Board of Trustees and very generous supporters, Arthur and Debbie Roedel, Past District Governors from Mercer County, NJ, donated $30,000 to support the match challenge, raising over $60,000 overall.

“We are grateful for the generous contributions and continued support from the community. We have people in our neighborhood who do not have resources to pay for cornea transplantation, the Gratis Tissue Fund makes it possible to provide for those in need,” says Jim Quirk, LEBDV President and CEO.

Requests for financial assistance have doubled since 2012. To date, every request for financial aid has been granted by the Eye Bank. “We believe that everyone should have access to sight,” says Quirk. “Ability to pay should not be a barrier to one’s ability to see.”

Anthony’s mother, Terry, thanks those who supported the Gratis Tissue Fund. “Anthony and family are forever grateful for your life changing gift.” Anthony, who has Down syndrome and resides in Bayville, NJ, has restored vision because of the Gratis Tissue Fund. “There are no words to thank you enough and completely.”

Recipients of the Gratis Tissue Fund come from all walks of life. Forty-two transplants were made possible during the Eye Bank’s 2014-15 fiscal year. The cost associated for making those transplants possible amounted to over $125,000.

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is a nonprofit organization that obtains, medically evaluates and distributes human corneas for transplant, research and education. Since 1957, Lions Eye Bank has provided corneal tissue to nearly 40,000 individuals in need of a sight-restoring or sight-improving transplant.

LEBDV is one of the nation’s first and Delaware Valley’s only Eye Bank. Its mission is restoration of sight through corneal transplantation. LEBDV is a founding member of the Eye Bank Association of America (www.restoresight.com), the nationally-recognized accrediting organization.

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is still accepting donations. For more information, visit the website, www.LEBDV.org or call Jerilyn Krawczyk at 215-563-1679.

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.


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. 


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. 

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