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Inaugural Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk raises $20,000 for foundation at Optometry’s Meeting®

August 5, 2013
John Kauderman, at right, from Davie, Fla., crossed the Optometry Cares® 5K finish line first with a time of 18:00, followed by Kent Edens, at left, at 18:45.

John Kauderman, at right, from Davie, Fla., crossed the Optometry Cares® 5K finish line first with a time of 18:00, followed by Kent Edens, at left, at 18:45.

A group of 250 runners and walkers took to the paths of San Diego early Saturday morning, June 29, during Optometry’s Meeting® in a first-of-its kind fundraising event. The 5K Run/Walk to benefit Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation was successful in raising more than $20,000 and generated awareness of the many programs supported by the foundation.

John Kauderman, from Davie, Fla., crossed the finish line first with a time of 18:00, followed by Kent Edens at 18:45, and Michael Veliky, O.D., at 19:27.

In the women’s category, Jane Trimberger, from Bloomington, Ind., finished in first place with a time of 19:27. In second place was Vanessa Fimreite, at 21:46, with Amy Peabody finishing third at 22:44.

Cheryl Archer, O.D., president of Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, expressed gratitude to the participants, as well as the sponsors, for the overwhelming success of the event.

“We are thrilled that so many people took time out of their busy schedules during Optometry’s Meeting®, rising early to participate in this unique occasion,” said Dr. Archer. “We are also thankful to the sponsors for making our event possible. And, the fantastic weather and lovely scenery was certainly an added bonus, and we look forward to making this an annual event for our meeting.”

Prior to the Saturday afternoon elections in the House of Delegates on June 29, soon-to-be-elected AOA trustee Robert Layman, O.D., at right, showcases Team Layman supporters whose signs read “See Bob Run.”

Prior to the Saturday afternoon elections in the House of Delegates on June 29, soon-to-be-elected AOA trustee Robert Layman, O.D., at right, showcases Team Layman supporters whose signs read “See Bob Run.”

The 5K Run/Walk was underwritten by generous sponsorships by The Vision Council Low Vision Division, Luxottica, and Essilor of America.

Optometry Cares® is a charitable organization committed to expanding eye health and vision care access for everyone in the U.S. in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. Optometry Cares® supports VISION USA, InfantSEE®, the Endowment Fund, the National Optometry Hall of Fame, Healthy Eyes Healthy People® State Grants, The Archives & Museum of Optometry, as well as

Participants round a bend along the waterfront during the first leg of the Optometry Cares® 5K.

Participants round a bend along the waterfront during the first leg of the Optometry Cares® 5K.

Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief.

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