Project Eyesight Partners with AHRC Nassau to provide Free Eye Care
By Video Journalist Stephanie Stern
Featured Interviews: Glenn Spina, CEO, Emerging Vision; Dr. Julie Bates, Medical Director, Advantage Care Diagnostic & Treatment Center; Kathie O'Connor, Director of Franchise Support, Emerging Vision; Brittany Mayo, Activities Coach, AHRC Nassau; Kim Carbone, Parent; Elliott Marx, Teaching Assistant, Brookville Center for Children's Services; David Copeland, Field Support, Emerging Vision
Sterling Optical – one of the retail arms of Emerging Vision – continues to break new ground as it launches Project Eyesight, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free eye care domestically to those in low-income communities who might not otherwise have ready access to treatment. This initiative is especially meaningful to Sterling Optical's Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Spina, who has traveled the world extensively, providing vision care in impoverished areas across the globe.
"Across the United States, vision is a luxury that many take for granted. Our 100th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to give back and engage with our customers and the communities we serve in ways we've never had the ability to before," Mr. Spina added. "We are pleased to announce that we have formed this non-profit organization – Project Eyesight – which will enable us to be charitable right here at home and fulfill our vision of providing free eye care for the needy communities that are currently in underserved neighborhoods throughout the United States."
Launched in the spring of 2013, Project Eyesight will provide many impoverished children and adults with the gift of improved vision through donated prescription eyeglasses, eye exams, education and other ancillary items. Outreach will occur both on the corporate and franchise level, based on the urgency of need in the local communities.