Thanksgiving for Vision and Eye Ball 2021 Canceled

Thank you so much for your interest in the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation’s Thanksgiving for Vision and Eye Ball events. We appreciate all of the Lions and community support that we receive for our work.

It is with sadness, that we announce the cancelation of Thanksgiving for Vision 2021 and the Eye Ball.

Many factors played into this decision, but chiefly the strong recommendations to not proceed with large in-person events until the Delta variant has run its course.

We very much miss hosting this long-standing and amazing event. We miss updating you on the wonderful things happening at the Lions Gift of Sight eye bank and in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University. We miss gathering with you! Please accept our apologies for this change in plans.

Stay safe.




Lions Tours – postponed!

October 29
Eye Ball – Canceled

October 30
Thanksgiving for Vision – Canceled

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.