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The 2022 Eye Ball

Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Save the date for Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research’s 2022 Eye Ball on Saturday, September 10th at 6 PM. Join us at the Tampa Marriott Water Street for a night of fun and celebration.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, tickets, or donations, please email us at foundation@lionseyeinstitute.org.

The Eye Ball Archives

See all the fun that we have had at past Eye Ball events!

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 Eye 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.

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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 Eye 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.

Memorable Moments

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. 

Memorable Moments

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.

Memorable Moments

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.

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