Buffalo, NY. May 14, 2010. At their annual convention in Buffalo, the Lions Clubs presented a check for $156,000 to the Ira Ross Eye Institute for equipment and technology improvements at that facility. The Lions Clubs International Foundation provided $75,000 of the funds raised.
The Ira Ross Eye Institute, at 1176 Main Street in Buffalo, is operated by personnel from the UB Department of Ophthalmology. It provides services for the detection of, treatment for, and research into diseases of the eye. In the past year, it had 19,000 patient visits. With the adjacent Olmsted Center for Sight, it forms a one-stop vision campus for virtually every service needed by the visually impaired. An important component of the Ross Eye Institute is the Lions Diagnostic Imaging Center, which houses state-of-the-art equipment needed to properly diagnose and research vision problems. The Lions Clubs’ donation will fund specialized camera purchases and a web-based medical records system at the center.
The Lions’ Vision Beyond Sight Foundation raises funds for the Ira Ross Eye Institute and coordinates the activities of volunteers from the 56 Lions Clubs in Western New York at “The Ross.” This year’s gift is the second such large donation by the Lions Clubs. In 2008, their foundation gave $150,000 to the Ross Eye Institute as part if the Lions’ commitment to provide quality services for the visually impaired. Foundation chairman Rick Jachimiak said, “the donations by Lions Clubs, their members and supporters go a long way toward preventing and containing diseases of the eye. Lions can be justifiably proud of their association with the top-quality services provided at the Ross Eye Institute.”
The Lions Clubs convention brought 1,400 delegates to Buffalo from throughout New York State and Bermuda.