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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.

2015 District Governors' Night

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Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley hosted its annual District Governors' Night on July 23, 2015 at its office in Philadelphia, PA. District Governors, who are newly elected regional leaders from Lions Club International, learned about the history of the Eye Bank and new developments in cornea transplantation. These regional leaders represent thousands of Lions Clubs Volunteers from southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

We were privileged to have two keynote speakers this year including the Eye Bank's Medical Director, Dr. Sadeer B. Hannush and a local cornea recipient, Lydia.

Lydia, from Warminster, PA, gave a truly inspirational presentation. Each guest listened attentively as she shared her story of receiving a second chance of sight. She closed by expressing sincere gratitude, "I don't know how to say thank you for a gift that is so life altering. How do I find the words to express what is beyond expression? I will have to just say thank you to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, thank you to my donor and my donor's family, thank you to my doctors who worked tirelessly with me and do so with every patient."

We encourage you to learn more about Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley and cornea recipients like Lydia. Help us share the importance of eye, tissue and organ donation with family and friends. 

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