Foundation Fighting Blindness Promotes Jason Menzo to President and Chief Operating Officer

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:21 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness announced the promotion of Jason Menzo to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Transitions Optical and OneSight Help Increase Accessibility to Vision Care Services and Education to Students

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and committing to the importance of EssilorLuxottica’s foundational values under diversity, Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board partnered with OneSight to host a one-day vision clinic. OneSight is an independent non-profit committed to eliminating the global vision care crisis. The organization’s primary sponsor, EssilorLuxottica, is equally dedicated to this commitment. The clinic provided free eye exams and dispensing services for students on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Deerwood Elementary in Kissimmee, Fla.

2020 On-Site Identifies Opportunities to Reach Underserved Communities at High Risk for AMD

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Thursday, December 30, 2021 12:24 AM BOSTON—2020 On-site, the Boston-based mobile optometry company, has identified age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as a public health risk in several New England counties after data revealed that patients in some counties must travel over 100 miles to visit a retinal specialist. The study identified 36 New England counties as high risk for AMD/GA based on age and race population demographics. In those high-risk areas, 24 counties do not have access to a retinal specialist who can treat or manage the diseases. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are at the highest risk, according to the study.

2020 On-Site Teams Up With Boston Public Schools, New England College of Optometry and Warby Parker on 'Vision for Boston' Program

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Thursday, December 23, 2021 12:18 AM BOSTON—2020 On-site has announced that it is moving forward with Boston Public Schools (BPS), the New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Warby Parker to provide free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses to BPS children under the "Vision for Boston" program.

IAPB to Launch 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE, A Hybrid Event to Address the Critical Need Eyecare Access for All, in March 2022 in Dubai

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:21 AM LONDON—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is planning its most ambitious event ever, to be held both online and in person.

Vision Catalyst Fund Enhances Its Governance and Signs Strategic Partnership With U.S.-Based Platform EYElliance, to Accelerate Access to Vision

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021 12:33 AM LONDON—Eighteen months since its launch, the Vision Catalyst Fund (VCF), whose mission is to help a billion people to see by 2030, has announced new global ambassadors, board members, and a strategic partnership with EYElliance, the U.S. multi-sector coalition driving global and national strategies to accelerate equitable access to spectacles. The VCF and EYElliance are joining forces to amplify and expedite the delivery of EssilorLuxottica’s landmark in-kind lens donation to the Vision Catalyst Fund that will enable millions of children and adults in low-and-middle income countries to see clearly and realize their full potential, particularly focussed on those who cannot afford to pay.

Amy Pulles Selected to Succeed Retiring Sherry Williams as President and CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness

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Friday, December 17, 2021 12:27 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness announced that Amy Pulles, vice president of Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate (PBO) will succeed Sherry Williams, as its president and CEO upon Williams' planned retirement on Jan. 1, 2022.

Prevent Blindness Declares 2022 as the 'Year of Children's Vision'

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:30 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared 2022 the “Year of Children’s Vision.” The goal is to highlight and address the diverse and critical vision and eye health needs of children and to improve outcomes through advocacy, public health, education, and awareness, the organization, the nation's oldest nonprofit eye health and safety organization, noted.

Optometry Giving Sight Grants Over $800,000 in Project Funding for 2021

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:18 AM GOLDEN, CO—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announced that for 2021 it has awarded over $800,000 in grant funding for eyecare projects around the world for communities in need. In a joint statement from Juan Carlos Aragon OD, chair of the U.S. board, and Susan Cooper OD, chair of the Canadian board, “We are delighted that we were able to designate funds for 26 projects in over 21 different countries, including the United States and Canada, during our Spring and Fall funding cycles. We want to thank all our donors for their incredible support this year.”

Safilo and Special Olympics Renew Partnership Until 2024

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Monday, December 6, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA—Safilo Group and Special Olympics have renewed their partnership until 2024.

IAPB Announces 2021 Leaders, Changemakers and Innovators

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:18 AM LONDON—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has announced this year’s cohort of Eye Health Heroes—IAPB’s annual development program to celebrate and nurture young and upcoming talent in the eye health sector. The program provides a unique opportunity to connect, develop and celebrate Eye Health Heroes from across the NGO, corporate, clinical and public policy, global eye health community, the agency said. In a set of online ceremonies, IAPB celebrated 80 heroes nominated by the eye health sector from across the globe.

Maui Jim Furthers Commitment to Maui Community With Over $1 Million in Donations

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:15 AM LAHAINA, Hawaii—Maui Jim has announced it is again making financial donations to support local organizations in Maui, Hawaii, as part of a longstanding commitment to its community. In 2021 alone, Maui Jim has donated approximately $260,000 across a variety of local Maui charities. For many years, the brand has donated money and product to select organizations that help support the local Maui community in areas such as the arts, elderly care, family services, and more. Maui Jim says that its donations over “the last few years” have exceeded $1 million in total.

Jonas Philanthropies Announces $1.25 Million Gift to Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology for Program to Treat Children With Severe Vision Disorders

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jonas Philanthropies announced a five-year gift renewal of $1.25 million to the Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology to continue their support of the successful Jonas Children’s Vision Care (JCVC) program.

Vision Care Organizations, ECPs and Nonprofits Join Groups Around the World to Encourage Generosity on #GivingTuesday

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Monday, November 29, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare and eyewear industry NGOs, foundations, organizations, companies and eyecare professionals will take part in tomorrow's Nov. 30th #GivingTuesday initiative. This will be the 10th year of Giving Tuesday, "a worldwide celebration of generosity" designed to "drive generosity in every country in the world, continuing to inspire millions to be generous year-round." Thousands of organizations and nonprofits take part in the spirit of the event every year. The Giving Tuesday website offers a range of free, downloadable toolkits, including a range of social-media friendly resources, fundraising ideas and suggestions and more, here. The toolkits and resources are tailored to individuals, small businesses, companies, brands, schools and college and communities.