The Lions Club, which works to prevent blindness and help people with limited eyesight, got some support recently from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind….
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (July 23, 2013) – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, honored Lions Clubs from across the region at the nonprofit’s annual “Salute to Lions Day.” Almost 200 Lions were recognized for their ongoing support, with graduate speaker Ann Chiapetta of New Rochelle thanking the group on behalf of all the blind men and women who have been matched with Guiding Eyes dogs. The Lions recently launched a Lions/Guiding Eyes Vehicle Project Two-for-One Challenge to help accelerate the replacement of the school’s aging vehicle fleet. The challenge will match the Lions members’ $75,000 pledge in order to raise an additional $150,000.
Spearheaded by the Van Tassel Society and in cooperation with Guiding Eyes, the Two-for-One Challenge engages Lions throughout the tri-state area with its fundraising goal. The Van Tassel Society was founded in 1991 and is comprised of local Lions Club members. Its sole purpose is to inspire volunteerism at Guiding Eyes and to support the advancement of the school’s mission and purpose. The Society has also assisted the school’s fundraising efforts and was recently a significant contributor to the renovation of Guiding Eyes’ Canine Development Center.
In addition to the money raised by Lions through public appeals, Guiding Eyes has been awarded a Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) match. LCIF matched the $75,000 pledged by the local Lions. In total, the goal is to raise $300,000 comprised of the $75,000 Lions Clubs pledge, $150,000 in two-for-one matching gifts, and $75,000 from the LCIF.
Guiding Eyes is up for the challenge. “Thanks to the community’s support, we have had tremendous success in meeting or exceeding challenge grant goals,” said William D. Badger, Guiding Eyes’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Donors are gratified to know that their gifts will go further due to the Lions’ generosity.”