Local Boys & Girls Club hosts celebration of 50,000 at-risk youth receiving gift of sight

In recognition of the VSP Eye Pledge campaign reaching its goal to provide more than $19.2 million worth of free eye exams and glasses to 50,000 at-risk youth across America, the Boys & Girls Clubs Teichert Branch in Sacramento and VSP Vision Care (VSP) hosted a fun-filled celebration Friday.

Karolina Maluga, development manager of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento was on-hand to receive a giant gift certificate for 50,000 free eye exams and glasses on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Local Boys & Girls Club members also enjoyed an eye-opening tour inside one of VSP’s state-of-the-art, 45-foot mobile eyecare clinics.

In the online campaign that kicked off in mid-August, Rancho Cordova-based VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision insurance company, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered to encourage people across the country to visit www.SeeMuchMore.com and take the free VSP Eye Pledge. For each pledge made, a gift certificate for a free eye exam and glasses was directed to a local Club child in need.

Nearly 900 local children throughout the Sacramento region are receiving free eye exams and glasses courtesy of the VSP Eye Pledge campaign.

VSP Vision Care and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched the free campaign to encourage consumers to take care of their vision and reinforce the message that eye health is an important part of overall health.

"Each eye exam and pair of glasses that a club member receives represents a new opportunity for that child to achieve his or her goals," said Sharon Hemphill, senior director of health and life skills at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "With the generosity of partners such as VSP, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is able to fill the void of critical services, such as eyecare, that many of our members simply do not have access to."

"The success of the VSP Eye Pledge campaign speaks to the generosity of local communities," said Kate Renwick-Espinosa, chief marketing officer of VSP Global. "Fifty thousand people across the country took a pledge to not only care for themselves and their families, but to help direct care to a child in need. Witnessing the positive impact that this campaign has made in the lives of so many children is extremely fulfilling for all of us at VSP and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America who helped make this a reality."

Disclosure: Alex Sigua is a Public Relations Specialist with VSP Vision Care

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