Eye Ball 2023: Celebrating 50 Years
About the Eye Ball
The Eye Ball is Lions World Vision Institute Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year! Join us on September 9th as we gather to celebrate 50 years of providing the gift of sight to over 500,000 individuals. Funds raised by the LWVI Foundation provide sight-saving resources in our community and around the globe through various programs including cutting-edge ocular research, sight restoration, surgeon training, pediatric eye care, vision screenings, and so much more.
We’re excited to share in an evening of fun, friendship, and fundraising as we honor this year’s Person of Vision: Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, Co-Owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and President of Glazer Vision Foundation.
Darcie Glazer Kassewitz has been the driving force behind many of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ innovative, forward-thinking fan engagement and community outreach initiatives, retail activation, and facility design. She is focused on ensuring that the Buccaneers and the Glazer Vision Foundation create a lasting positive impact on the Tampa Bay community.
Among her accomplishments, Kassewitz leads the Glazer Vision Foundation, which is committed to full-treatment vision correction for children in Tampa Bay. In 2009, the foundation launched the Mobile Vision Clinic, a state-of-the-art interactive eyecare vehicle, which provides eye exams and prescription glasses for children in need. Since its inception, the program has performed more than 200,000 free eye screenings and provided more than 20,000 free prescription eye glasses to children who might otherwise not be able to afford them.
In 2021, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research proudly became the operator of the Glazer Mobile Vision Clinic and has distributed 2200+ free pairs of eyeglasses, conducted 3000+ exams and performed 4500+ free vision screenings. We are delighted to recognize and honor Mrs. Kassewitz at this year’s special commemorative Eye Ball. We can’t think of a more fitting honoree.
You won’t want to miss this must-attend event. This year’s disco themed event will transport you back to our beginnings in 1973 with a cocktail reception, live auction, seated dinner, dancing, live music by Tampa Bay’s own #NoFilter, and much more. So grab your disco shoes and register today.
When: Saturday, September 9, 2023 beginning at 6PM
Where: Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa FL 33602
Attire: Black tie optional – bright colors, sequins, and fringe encouraged
Sponsorships and tickets are on sale now! To register, visit EyeBall23.org.
Full sponsorship opportunities can be found here: Eye Ball 2023 Sponsorship Packet.
For more information, contact Meg Carlone, Foundation Manager, at Meg.Carlone@LWVI.org or (813) 289-1200 Ext. 715.
The Eye Ball Archives
See all the fun that we have had at past Eye Ball events!
2022 Eye Ball: It’s So Good to See You Again
Thank you so much to all who supported The Eye Ball 2022: It’s So Good to See You Again on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. Together, we were able to raise over $220,000 to elevate standards in sight restoration, tissue transplantation, research, and education. These funds help us ensure the 1 in 4 children in Tampa Bay who experience an undiagnosed vision problem get the help that they need through our Vision Health Programs. We are overjoyed at this achievement and grateful for the commitment of our community. More information and photos can be found at EyeBall22.org.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
2021 Eye Ball: Home for the Holidays
Buy Local. Give Local.
The 2021 Eye Ball brought us Home for the Holidays for a night of seasonal celebrations to raise funds in support of children’s vision health. The gala was held at Lions World Vision Institute for Transplant & Research’s Ybor City headquarters and featured a tour of the Institute, a picture opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a tour of the Glazer Vision Foundation’s Mobile Vision Clinic, and a holiday market filled with the best shopping from locally owned businesses.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Gayle Guardo |Bouchard Insurance | Dr. Cheyenne Currall
Dr. David Ammar and Dr. Karen King | Marcia Gosline | MercuryWorks | MNX Global Logistics
Moria | PPK | Rays Baseball Foundation & Rowdies Soccer Fund
2020 Eye Ball
Each year, the Eye Ball presents a different mission-centric theme that provides an unforgettable guest experience.
The 2020 Eye Ball was our first entirely virtual gala! The event featured a #LiftUpLocal theme that supported local businesses who have supported Lions World Vision Institute Foundation in the past as well as our mission to restore sight. Each household that participated received a curated #LiftUpLocal Experience Box filled with specialty items such as spices, bath salts, a candle, a Tarpon Springs natural sponge and many more.
2019 Eye Ball
See and Be Seen, It’s Fashionable to Care
The 2019 Eye Ball was a fashion-themed gala and a war between the famous Houses of Fashion: Louis Vision, Versacheye, Perry Iris, and Oscar de la Retina. The event culminated in a fashion show featuring visually impaired models.
Our Light of Sight Award was presented to Bryan Manning and Bradford Manning, the brothers behind the cause-based fashion company, Two Blind Brothers.
Special guest, Takeeya Woods and her family joined us at the Eye Ball. Takeeya had received her cornea transplant in August of that year.
2018 Eye Ball
An Optical Illusion
At the 2018 Eye Ball we explored the concept that things are not always as they seem. When it comes to protecting your precious gift of sight, sometimes it is easy to miss early signs of declining vision and eye disease. The event was also a celebration of our 45th anniversary of providing the gift of sight.
Justin Sight, a legally blind street magician, flew in from New York and delighted guests with his illusions.
During the Eye Ball we highlighted our partnership with Dr. Herbert Knauf and our mission trip to Honduras. Through our Gratis Tissue Program we provided ocular tissue at no cost to 20 patients who had their sight restored.
The Eye Ball 2017
A Gala with International Vision
The 2017 Eye Ball was an international themed gala that included culturally diverse food, performers, music, and more. DJ Ravi Drums, an internationally renowned percussionist based in Los Angeles, flew to Tampa to entertain guests on his innovative drum rig.
Our Light of Sight Award
Our Light of Sight Award was presented to Stuart Sternberg, Principal Owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, and our Innovation and Research Award was presented to Dr. Benjamin Lambright, who two years later became our Medical Director after our long-time MD retired.
Dr. Benjamin Lambright receiving his Innovation and Research Award. Also pictured, Kimberly Murray and Jason K. Woody.
Story of Romina
We also shared the story of Romina and the work of Dr. Cesar Gomezperalta.