Thanksgiving for Vision Almost Here!

September 30, 2017

Thanksgiving for Vision is a long-standing tradition among our Minnesota Lions club members. For more than 30 years, we take one special day to thank the Lions for their dedication to the fight against blindness. We also thank the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences for their partnership in our work. 

Thanksgiving for Vision is a day you will never forget! You will learn from the doctors and researchers who are on the front line in the battle to restore vision. You will be moved by the story of a donor mother’s journey from grief to renewed hope among the Lions. You will be inspired by a cornea recipient’s account of her transplant experience.

The Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation welcomes you!

Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program


September 30
Thanksgiving for Vision

October 7
Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation
Board of Directors Meeting

October 8
Minnesota Lions Eye Bank
Donor Recognition Program

October 27
Lions Halloween Tent Event

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.