Vision Is Priceless hosted our Annual Meeting on June 11, 2014 at the Haskell Building. Almost 100 supporters, volunteers, and Board members joined us to celebrate another successful year of programs. The evening also honored eight remarkable individuals, groups, and corporate volunteers for contributions that helped to make Vision Is Priceless’ programs available to the community.
2014 Annual Meeting Honorees:
Dot Mathias Award | Recognizes an organization or individual who has worked in support of the Duval County School Vision Screening program
Ms. Aleatha Roberts
Chairman’s Award | Recognizes a vision professional that is partnered with VIP for the cause of saving sight
Mr. Hindrik Decker, Ophthalmic Technician, Marco
Jane M. Wynn Award | Recognizes an individual for faithful participation in sight saving programs for adults
Ms. Joan Schroeder, Coordinator of Clinic Services, City Rescue Mission
Will H. Wasson Award | Recognizes an organization’s faithful participation in sight saving programs
Early Learning Coalition
Frances B. Kinne Award | Recognizes an individual for faithful participation in sight saving programs for children
Mr. Ron Elmore, Health Manager, Head Start
Roger G. Gibson Award | Recognizes the most valuable volunteer
The Retina Associates, PA
Henry G. Motes Award | Recognizes an individual for their contribution to the public awareness of VIP’s mission
Ms. Beth Cravey, Reporter, Florida Times-Union
And introducing a new award in honor of a dedicated philanthropist and supporter, the late L. Earl Crittenden:
L. Earl Crittenden Award | Recognizes an individual who believes leadership is an opportunity for service
Mr. Coleman Young, Volunteer at annual BBQ & Western
Vision Is Priceless is humbled to have such a dedicated network of volunteers, and the Annual Meeting Awards allows us to recognize a select few for going above and beyond throughout the year. One of this year’s honorees, Mr. Hindrik Dekker, is a prime example of an extraordinary volunteer who deserved to be honored for all he does to support vision clinics hosted at Marco. After receiving the award, he shared some thoughts with VIP, which echoed exactly why he was chosen. We would like to share his heartfelt response:
Thank you for the photographs. I am flabbergasted but also humbled by the recognition given me by you and VIP. I sat there listening to him talking about this guy getting the award and was impressed by this person. I was happy for him and glad you had someone like that helping you. It made me want to more for you and I was going to talk to you to see how I could be of more help. At first I didn’t even hear the name, I was looking for the guy to stand up so I could applaud his efforts. It took a minute for it to sink in. I still don’t think I do that much and as I said I am humbled by the recognition. I am so glad there is an organization such as yours who get people to help people to see. You all deserve the award. Thank you for what you do and for giving me an opportunity to help.
My youngest brother was born with cataracts and was declared totally blind. They worked on one eye after his first birthday which was not successful. He quickly developed glaucoma in that eye after the surgery and finally lost it. He never saw anything but shadows his entire life, but he still had a happy life. He saw thru his hands, nose and ears, and he saw clearly thru them. I lost him some time ago and I always wonder if we had the knowledge and equipment then that we have now, if we could not have given him the one sight he never had, vision thru his eyes. It is because of him that I want so much to help people to see, but people like me come and go, we are just lubrication for the machine which is VIP. It is because of VIP others can see. Let us never lose sight of that fact!
Marco | Ophthalmic Technician”
BBQ & Western
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2015 EVENT: March 28, 2015 at The Keeler Property
31st Annual BBQ & WESTERN
A Benefit for Vision Is Priceless was held:
Saturday, March 8, 2014
St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club
Vision Is Priceless recently held our annual BBQ & Western to raise funds to support our mission. Over 500 area residents, business leaders, and eye care professionals from Northeast Florida joined us to celebrate the 31st annual event and enjoyed BBQ, bid on exciting items and danced the night away under the stars!
We hope you were able to join in on the fun!
Stay tuned for more information about 2015′s BBQ & Western.
Buck & Betty Autrey
Mary Virginia Terry