Join Us at the U of M Gopher Football Game

All MD5M Lions Invited

Please join your fellow Lions for a celebration of the long-standing partnership between the Minnesota Lions and the University of Minnesota as we kick-off the Vision for Vision Campaign for the Lions Eye Institute at the University of Minnesota!

The first Gopher football game has specially priced tickets of $15 just for Lions. Here are the details:

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. University at Buffalo Bulls
Thursday, August 31, 2017
TCF Bank Stadium
420 SE 23rd Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Vision for Vision Campaign Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.

Lions club members will be seated together in the stands and will receive special recognition during the game as well as a free Vision for Vision Campaign T-shirt.

To register and purchase tickets in the Lions Section go to: you purchase tickets using this link, the Athletics Department will send you an email a few days prior to the game with specifics on which entry gate will designated for the Minnesota Lions. For more information contact Kailynn Solomon at or at 612.625.6625.

It is recommended that Lions print their tickets upon purchase. However, tickets can be picked up at the Will Call window (open at 3 p.m.) for an additional $5 fee.

Parking is available at multiple lots on campus and is accessible by light rail and bus.
Campus Map:

TCF Bank Stadium enhanced their security process in the fall of 2016. Please review the new policy at:


August – September
Lions Vision and Hearing Foundations at State Fair

August 31
Lions at the Gopher Football Game

September 30
Thanksgiving for Vision

Lions Eye Institute – Help make it a reality!

On April 22, at the MD5M Lions Convention in Bemidji, Lion Lyle Goff, chair of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a new Lions Eye Institute at the University. The Lions have pledged $21.5 million over 20 years to this exciting new project!

“Our goal is to create a space for life-changing research and care that brings together our talent and expertise as a world-class (Lions) Eye Institute.”

Erik van Kuijk, Professor and Chair
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences

Lyle Goff (seated center) signs the U-Lions memorandum while members of the
Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation board look on.

Director Fenske Collects Eyeglasses

Lion Jeff Fenske

Lion Jeff Fenske

Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation board member Lion Jeff Fenske (Saint Paul) was featured in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press July 18. Dubbed the “east-metro collection czar” by Press reporter Mary Divine, Lion Jeff collects used eyeglasses for the Vision Foundation, and has had as many as 5,000 pair stored in his law office awaiting a trip to the Sauk Rapids recycling center!

For many years, the Vision Foundation has collected used eyeglasses. After being cleaned, repaired, and catalogued, glasses are given to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and volunteers going on mission trips to South or Central America, Africa, and other areas in need. More information can be found on our Used Eyeglass Collection page.