Record Funds Raised in Drive for Vision
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 18, 2018 – The 31st Annual Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Drive for Vision Charity Golf Outing raised $62,000 to benefit community members whose lives are improved by the services of the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Grand Rapids Lions Club Vision Clinic at Cherry Health. Over the past 31 years, over $700,000 has been raised by the golf outing.
“We are grateful to all who have contributed to the success of the event over the years. Generous support has aided many thousands of people in our community challenged by vision loss and the need keeps growing,” said Bill Hughson, CEO of Blue Sky Vision, a company created in early 2017 through a partnership between Grand Rapids Ophthalmology and Sterling Partners. “Eye health is our passion and this event is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for local, non-profit organizations.”
Each year, the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired helps over 1,000 family members, friends, and neighbors who live with blindness, or severe vision loss, live more independently. Annually, the Grand Rapids Lions Club Vision Clinic at Cherry Health provides eye care and glasses to over 12,000 fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters helping reduce preventable blindness.
Researchers estimate 80 percent of the sensory information the brain receives comes from the eyes. Most Americans report that, of all disabilities, loss of eyesight would have the greatest impact on their daily life.
“On behalf of the Grand Rapids Lions Club, we deeply value the success derived from our longstanding partnership with Grand Rapids Ophthalmology,” said Kyle Travis, Grand Rapids Lions Club board member and chairman of the Drive for Vision golf outing. “We’re looking forward to the 32nd annual drive for vision outing, which will take place at Quail Ridge golf course on June 17th, 2019.”
About Grand Rapids Ophthalmology
Founded in 1982, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO) is the largest fully-integrated eye care medical group in West Michigan. GRO offers a full suite of eye care services from routine eye exams, contact lenses and glasses, to pediatrics, and the most advanced medical and surgical treatments such as LASIK, cataract, cornea, retina, glaucoma, and oculoplastics, including cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. For more information, visit: seeitclear.com.
About Blue Sky Vision
Blue Sky Vision (MSO) is dedicated to providing world-class support to leading providers of eye care services. Blue Sky Vision was created in early 2017 through a partnership between Grand Rapids Ophthalmology and Sterling Partners. Our Purpose is to Lead the Way, Improve Sight, and Change Lives; our Vision is to be the model for unsurpassed patient experience, inspiring and empowering our team through innovation, dedication to excellence, and the creation of opportunity through growth. To date, Blue Sky Vision partners include: Vitreo-Retinal Associates, Michigan Optical, Shoreline Vision, Walker Surgical Center, Lakeshore Eye, Surgical Care Center of Michigan, and Grand Rapids Ophthalmology. If you are interested in learning more about a partnership with Blue Sky Vision, contact Dan Hosler at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: blueskyvision.com