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Essilor donates $25,000 to Optometry Cares® for hurricane relief for affected optometrists

January 10, 2013

Optometry Cares®–The AOA Foundation announced that Essilor of America has provided a donation in the amount of $25,000 to assist optometrists impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief provides assistance to optometrists whose practices and/or homes have been damaged from natural disasters. The foundation has processed 15 grant requests from affected ODs in three states, and due to the large impact of the storm, expects more.

The donation from Essilor will ensure that funds will be available to optometrists who need assistance.

“We are saddened for the optometrists and their staff members who’ve had their homes or practices damaged by this storm. This donation is our way of helping them get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” said Howard Purcell, O.D., senior vice president of Customer Development for Essilor of America.

Cheryl Archer, O.D., president of the Board for Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation, expressed appreciation for the funds.

“This generous donation from Essilor will go a long way in helping ODs affected by this natural disaster,” stated Dr. Archer. “Optometry is a compassionate profession, and the outpouring of support has been amazing.”

The foundation has also received many contributions from optometrists across the country, including a $2,500 donation from Omni Eye Services, presented by Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., president of Omni, Iselin, N.J. Dr. Quinn is a member of the AOA Board of Trustees.

Since the program’s inception in 2005, 310 applications have been received and $457,000 provided to optometrists affected by natural disasters.

Affected optometrists may contact their affiliated association or Optometry Cares® (800-365-2219) directly to initiate financial assistance.

To ensure funds are available for all who need assistance, AOA members are encouraged to make a donation to Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief.

Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law, as no goods or services are furnished by the Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, in exchange for the gift to Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief. To contribute, simply mail a check to Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., First Floor, St. Louis, MO 63141 or make a donation at www.optometryscharity.org/ofdr.

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