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FLORIDA LIONS EYE CLINIC OPENS ENDOWMENT FUND WITH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY

Bonita Springs, FL, April 11, 2018 – The Florida Lions Eye Clinic (FLLEC) opened an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Collier County to support its programs and operations with a permanent and professionally invested income stream.
An endowment fund is a permanent fund that provides income each year to support the Florida Lions Eye Clinic’s mission. This endowment fund is a component fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County managed to ensure the funds remain strong over time. An endowment also provides essential stability, grows over time, is a permanent source of funding, and facilitates strategic planning.
“We are excited to open our first endowment fund for the eye clinic with the Community Foundation of Collier County and our goal is to build the fund to $2 million over the next few years. Opening this fund represents our fiscal responsibility and dedication to support our mission in perpetuity,” said Tamika Seaton, MSM, Executive Director. “This fund also presents an excellent option for donors who want to make a huge impact by making a deferred gift or a large gift.”
Gifts to our endowment can be creative including forms of cash, current gifts of non-cash assets, such as stock and real estate, charitable bequests, gifts of retirement plan assets, gifts of life insurance, and charitable trusts.
For more information, call Executive Director Tamika Seaton at 239.293.2009, email her at or visit us online at www.fllec.org.
FLLEC, a 501 (c) (3) organization and the only free eye clinic in the state of Florida, has given the, “Gift of Sight” to underprivileged children and families since 2008. Our patients are the working poor, homeless, and students who do not have medical insurance and their income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. We provide comprehensive eye exams, eye surgeries in our clinic, diabetic exams, visual acuity, intraocular pressure checks, refractions, amblyopia evaluation and treatment, strabismus evaluation and treatment, macular disease evaluation, blood pressure testing, therapy for Pterygium care, glaucoma management, conjunctivitis and general eye irritations, referrals for cataracts, macular disease, eye trauma, and prescription lenses.

A Letter from the Executive Director

TamikaDear Supporters,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks
for your support. It is hard to believe that this year, the clinic will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Since its inception, it has grown from an 800 square feet space to a space spanning over 3,000 square
feet with three examination rooms and one surgery room. I can only imagine how the clinic will grow
over the next 10 years.
Our success comes as the result of the passion and dedication of so many individuals and
organizations in the community such as the Bonita Springs Lions Club, our Board of Directors and volunteers, Naples Children and
Education Foundation, United Way of Lee County, and the Florida Association of Free Clinics, to name a few.
Whether you give your time, talent or money, each of you contribute essential elements critical to the clinic’s survival, and we are
very grateful. I challenge you to join us in giving the, “Gift of Sight” by becoming a volunteer, supporter or advisor as we turn the
next chapter in the clinic’s book. My office door is always open, so feel free to stop by or give me a call at 239-293-2009 or email
me at .

With gratitude,
Tamika M. Seaton, MSM | Executive Director
We Give the Gift of Sight!

This excerpt take from our 2017 Annual report
Feel free to download and view our entire 2017 Annual Report

 

Letter from the Medical Director

Dr. Richard Shapiro

I have been involved with the clinic since its inception. Working here has become a passion of
mine and I take great pride in being able to help people either by giving them glasses or treating
diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes.
I am proud of our clinic in that we may be the only free-standing Lions clinic in the State of Florida
and perhaps the entire country. What we do has been extremely rewarding for both my wife and me. I look
forward to continuing for many years to come.
We have a great core of volunteers and staff. What they do is greatly appreciated. I want to
thank all of them from the bottom of my heart and thank everyone who has made a commitment
either by time or money to the clinic.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Richard Shapiro | Medical Director

This excerpt take from our 2017 Annual report
Feel free to download and view our entire 2017 Annual Report

 

A Letter from the President

bobHIn 1925 at the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, OH, Helen Keller said, “The only thing
worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” With this thought in mind, the vision of a
handful of Lions and retired Ophthalmologists culminated when they chartered the Lions Eye Clinic
in Bonita Springs. Done in collaboration with the Bonita Springs Lions Club, the clinic medical staff
includes eighteen (18) professional volunteers of which the majority are retired Ophthalmologists
who give their time and services for free.
Now known as “Florida Lions Eye Clinic,” it is the only facility of its kind in Florida to offer free comprehensive
eye care examinations and therapeutic care for those who have no public or private health
insurance and meet below 200% of the Federal poverty level guideline. Since its inception in 2008,
the clinic has provided free eye care to over 10,000 patients and more than 75 surgeries and laser treatments at a total savings of over $800,000 which would have been spent to provide this care. Our vision “We Give the Gift of Sight” would not be possible without the generosity of the public and the volunteer service of our doctors and staff. A special thank you to the Board of Directors and the staff of Florida Lions Eye Clinic who have helped this year
to be a successful one. I leave you with “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” Helen Keller.

Robert Hilliard | President, Board of Directors

This excerpt take from our 2017 Annual report
Feel free to download and view our entire 2017 Annual Report

 

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