Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Roaring Success

The 2nd annual Eye Stroll was a roaring success! Over 400 walkers raised over $23,000 for the Prevent Blindness Southeast Texas Region!

Wendy Montalbano was the top fundraiser with a total of $2620, exceeding her fundraising goal by $120. Wendy was inspired to raise over $2500 in order to win the iPad for her son, Jeffrey, who was born without sight. On her fundraising site, Wendy says, “Jeffrey’s teachers and therapist all use an iPad for music therapy, vision stimulation, cause and effect, etc. He also can play the drums and piano on the iPad. The iPad is one of very few things we have identified to bring such enjoyment to Jeffrey.” The iPad is an essential learning tool for Jeffrey so we were all very excited when Wendy reached passed the $2500 fundraising goal!

Wendy Montalbano with her daughter and son, Jeffrey, and Khambrel Marshall from Channel 2 News to Houston (Photo: Caroline Sam Photograph)
The event honored Dr. Amy Coburn, a PBT board member and a huge advocate of the Eye Stroll. Dr. Coburn raised a total of $1620 and was the second top fundraiser!

Dr. Amy Coburn cutting the ribbon at the start of the stroll (Photo: Caroline Sam Photography)
This event could not have been as successful without the wonderful support from our sponsors and volunteers. Our sponsors included the Houston Zoo, where the event took place, News to Houston, Sparkling Faces, Hoya, VSP, Methodist Hospital, Houston Eye Associates, Vitamin Water, Liberty Mutual, VisionWorks, Geico, Harris County Optometric Society, Caroline Sam Photography, Sunny 99.1, Kletzmer Entertainment, and Clear Channel Media Entertainment.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this wonderful event! We hope to see all of you again next year!

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