TAMPA, Fla. (August 17, 2020) – As COVID-19 turned the world upside down, countless nonprofits have had to evolve fundraising events and galas for a virtual world. A global nonprofit based in Tampa is using the opportunity to support the businesses that make its hometown thrive. Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research is transforming its annual gala into an interactive online experience that will also feature local small businesses in order to help lift up the local economy.
The gala will continue to build awareness of its work for the blind and visually impaired as the annual Eye Ball Gala becomes the 2020 iBall: Foresight – Looking Toward the Future. When participants register for the event they will receive a #LiftUpLocal Experience Box featuring curated treasures from some of Tampa Bay’s finest local businesses, including The Blind Tiger Cafe, Hidden Springs Ale Works, Blue Sage Eco Boutique and many more.
“As we navigate this new world, the virtual gala allows our Foundation to continue to spread the word of our mission, while keeping our supporters safe,” said Ali St. Cyr, Chair of the Foundation Board of the Lions Eye Institute. “We are a global organization, but we are rooted here in the Tampa Bay community and we want to make sure we do our part to support local businesses any way that we can.”
The interactive experience will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. The program includes insights into the Experience Box products straight from the business owners, a live auction and a word from those who have received the Gift of Sight thanks to the work of Lions Eye Institute and its supporters. Guests can register for the event and receive a #LiftUpLocal Experience Box at a cost of $125. Event details can be found at https://lionseyeinstitute.org/eye-ball-2020-2/
About the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR)
Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research is a non-profit organization that is a global resource for providing the gift of sight through research, charitable projects, distribution, and tissue recovery services. Our mission is to set new standards for ocular endeavors that will improve visual outcomes and quality of life for those who are blind or visually impaired. LEITR’s Eye Bank, located in Tampa, Florida, is one of the largest combined eye bank and ocular research centers in the world. Since its inception 47 years ago, LEITR has brought the “Gift of Sight” to more than 150,000 men, women and children worldwide. For more information visit www.LionsEyeInstitute.org.