Lions Needs Night Benefits the Center for Vision Loss

October 8, 2012

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, representatives from Lions District 14-K Lehigh and Northampton Counties, attended the annual Lions Needs Night dinner to raise money to support the programs and services of the Center for Vision Loss. This event has been sponsored by the Center for Vision Loss for more than 30 years and brings together two community benefit organizations that serve the common cause of helping people who are blind or visually impaired and also promoting healthy vision in the residents of our community.

The location for this event was the Northampton Community Memorial Hall, Northampton. Lions, Lionesses, Leos and first enjoyed demonstrations of low vision aids provided by members of the agency’s social services staff. Then all of the club members, agency staff and customers enjoyed a bountiful meal after which they set about the important task of raising funds. The event’s goal was set at $55,000 and when the evening ended more than $39,000 had been raised from the clubs which attended.

Major participants in the evening, as shown here, included, from left to right: Douglas A. Yingling, Center for Vision Loss Executive Director; Robert Phillips, Center for Vison Loss Board President and Master of Ceremonies for the evening; Lions District Governor Linwood Gehris; Lions First Vice-Governor Dennis Butz; Lions Second Vice-Governor Fred Folland and Immediate Past District Governor Joseph Chunko. Missing from the picture is Lion Lowell Hawk, member of the agency’s Endowment Foundation and the Lions’ liaison to the Center for Vision Loss.

We thank the Lions Clubs of District 14-K for their support since 1928 because without them there actually would be no Center for Vision Loss. The original blind associations in Lehigh and Northampton Counties were founded by local Lions Clubs after Helen Keller spoke at Liberty High School in 1928 and encouraged the Lions Club members in the audience to become “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness.” May we continue to work together to improve the lives of people with vision loss.

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