By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Two major fundraisers for the Preston Lions Club will be held during the next two weeks and monies raised from the events will help offset costs of eye screening for area children.
Club members will sell hamburgers from the Lions booth at the rodeo arena next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25-27. The following Saturday, Aug. 3, the Night for Sight Golf Tournament will be held at the Preston Golf and Country Club.
“Monies from these two events have allowed us to contribute over $15,000 to the Idaho Lions Eye Bank in Boise, which is considered one of the finest in the country,” said David Kunze, a club official.
“Our new state-of-the-art vision screener purchased last year enables us to examine children as young as six months and identify conditions such as amblyopia, which can lead to the loss of sight in one eye if not detected early.
“The screening process is also incredibly fast and accurate, permitting us to expand our service beyond what we have done in the past,” Kunze said. “And the Lions will be at the Franklin County Fair again this year to offer free screening to the public.”
In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International to become her “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” and the primary focus of service to communities throughout the world became that of sight assistance and preservation, according to Kunze.
“In our Preston community we have expanded vision screening from kindergarten children through grade 10. Last year we were able to screen over 400 students in the Dayton schools. We also provide assistance in the purchase of glasses for those in need.”
He said since 1925, the services of Lions Clubs have expanded to providing community assistance in any area that is needed.
“In addition to sight and hearing, we have supported the Franklin County Senior Center, the Worm Creek theater, the school baseball park, playground equipment at the Oakwood School, a sight-impaired reading machine at the Larsen- Sant Library and individual family assistance, among others.
“We invite community-minded citizens to join with us as we continue to support our great community,” he said.
For additional information, see Lions Club officials at the county fair or call 242-3686 or 760-7690.
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