Essilor Vision Foundation Tees Up for Charity Golf Classic

EAST NORWICH, N.Y.—More than 95 golfers from various sectors of the optical industry took part in the Liberty Mutual Invitational, a charity golf classic sponsored by the Essilor Vision Foundation on June 28. One golfer described the day’s conditions as “Chamber of Commerce weather” and added “you just could not have had a more perfect day to hit the links.” The golfers played to help the children of New York and New Jersey receive vision services such as screenings, eye exams and new glasses for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

“Last year, we reached six schools in New York City and the Glen Cove area and the coming school year, we hope to double the number of schools that are served,” said Audrey Reed, Director of National Programs. Debra Manzione, the school nurse from Connolly Elementary, spoke during dinner sharing her stories of the children who benefitted from their new glasses and how much it means to the school for the assistance they are receiving.

Stephen Shawler, president, added “Essilor Vision Foundation strives to educate parents, teachers and the general public about good vision and the critical role it plays in literacy, education and society. We focus on at-risk elementary students from low-income families, many of who have children with uncorrected vision problems.”

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 (L to R) the winning team of the Liberty Mutual Invitational included Stephen Shawler, Essilor Vision Foundation; Ryan Mainley, Essilor Labs of America; Bill Clove, Essilor of America and Tim Cutter.
 Ralph Woythaler (l), 21st Century Optics and Bob Colucci, Essilor of America.
  Joe and Anne Marie Lisa, volunteers extraordinaire.  (L to R) Larry Enright, Perferx Optical; Tony Massi, Accurx; Michael Daley, The Vision Council; and Gerard Santinelli, Santinelli International.
 (L to R) Eyewear Designs’ Tom Maskery, Andrea Gluck and Paul Morganlander.