WVU Eye Institute holds first state Lions Day

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 100 West Virginia Lions Club leaders and members recently visited the West Virginia University Eye Institute for the first West Virginia Lions Day.

“This event is an opportunity for the Eye Institute to showcase the amazing things we have going on in patient care, outreach, research and education to serve the people of West Virginia and surrounding states,” said Judie F. Charlton, M.D., chair of the WVU Eye Institute.

“We want to recognize and publicly thank the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation and the Lions Club International Foundation for their generous support with a recent combined grant of nearly $90,000 toward equipment for our growing research center.”

In 2007, the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, pledged $100,000 over five years toward the WVU Eye Institute’s Vision Research Program. This gift represents the first contribution of $40,000 toward the pledge and matching grant from the Lions Club International Foundation – money that will be used to acquire state-of-the-art technology for the WVU Eye Institute’s research on glaucoma and childhood blindness.

 “We believe in the importance of being partners in vision with the WVU Eye Institute and have maintained a friendship and partnership with it for more than 40 years,” said Bill Nichols, president of the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Donations came from individual Lions and Lions Clubs across the state, he said. “This is a wonderful event for the Lions to see in person how their monies are being used for research equipment.”

Billie Nichols, president of the WV Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, presents Dr. Judie F. Charlton, chair of the WVU Eye Institute, the first grant toward the club’s $100,000 multiyear pledge for research equipment at the Eye Institute. They are joined by members of the Lions Foundation Board of Directors and statewide Lions leaders.

The visit included tours of the facility showcasing clinics, lecture hall, education areas and research center.

“The Lions Clubs of West Virginia have been great partners with us through the years. They have assisted us in advancing our work to improve the vision health of West Virginia’s citizens,” said Charles Moore, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and Lions Club liaison for the Eye Institute.

When the WVU Department of Ophthalmology was established in the 1960s, the West Virginia Lions made their first donation to the department for equipment. Throughout the years, the Lions of West Virginia have underwritten outreach programs as well as clinic and research equipment.

The WVU Eye Institute is the state’s premier vision center for patient care, outreach, research and education committed to restoring vision and preventing blindness.

For information on the Eye Institute see www.wvueye.com.





For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
pd/el: 04-22-09

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