October 19, 2017

The Center for Vision Loss held its annual Lions Needs Breakfast on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Northampton Community Memorial Hall. Fifty-two club members from our District 14-K Lions, Lionesses and Leos gathered together with Center for Vision Loss staff to celebrate our continued collaboration for supporting programs and services for people with vision loss in the Lehigh Valley.

Following a hearty buffet breakfast, Executive Director Doug Yingling thanked all of the clubs for their support in 2016-2017 amounting to $53,000. Participating clubs received a thank-you card containing a patch which can be displayed on club flags. A goal of $53,000 has also been set for 2017-2018 and by the end of the breakfast, $43,000 had been raised through club pledges and gifts.

A highlight of the event was the premier of a video produced pro bono by AST Media Productions which focused on how our agency has impacted the live of Dorothy, one of our clients. The video can be viewed here on our website by going to the home page. Doug and various staff then shared agency program successes including braille classes, the Community Service Project to benefit Animals in Distress as part of our Camp I CAN! curriculum and the development of a new community outreach program about eye health and vision loss which targets A Spanish-speaking members of our community.

Lowell Hawk, representing the new NE PA Lions Service Foundation, then presented Doug with a grant of $12,500 which will be used to employ a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist for 200 hours for one year. This grant is so exciting because it gives the agency the capacity to reach more at-risk clients, either individually or in small learning groups, to provide them with the tools they need to improve their lives with vision loss.

The Center for Vision Loss is also pleased to report that Lions are well-represented on the agency board of directors in 2017-2018. IPDG Marsha Johnston is serving in the one-year seat specifically designed for the immediate past district governor. Linwood Gehris is the new Board President. Mike Wambaugh is the new vice-president and Fred Folland is the new treasurer. Lions District 14-K and Center for Vision Loss working together-a combination which cannot be beat! Thank you, Lions!

Lowell Hawk presents foundation check to Doug Yingling

Group celebrates with the Lions Toast

Left to Right: Mike Wambaugh, Fred Folland, Marsha Johnston, Karlene Laub, Don Kaufman, Lowell Hawk and Doug Yingling

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