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The 2023 Eye Ball

Save the Date for the Lions Eye Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year – the Eye Ball!

We can’t wait to see you on September 9th as we gather to celebrate 50 years of providing the gift of sight to over 500,000 individuals. We’re excited to share in an evening of fun, friendship, and fundraising for the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Foundation. You won’t want to miss this must-attend event in Tampa Bay, so grab your disco shoes and become a sponsor today. The evening includes a cocktail reception, live auction, seated dinner, and much more.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2023 beginning at 6PM

Where: Armature Works

Funds raised during our 2023 Eye Ball will support two important programs:

-Our Vision Health Programs provide free vision screenings and follow-up treatment, including glasses, to children in Tampa Bay and provide the needed training and standards for vision screening professionals around the world.

-The Gratis Ocular Tissue Program provides sight-saving surgery to individuals who cannot afford it.

Full sponsorship information can be found here: Eye Ball 2023 Sponsorship Packet.

For more information, contact Meg Carlone, Foundation Manager, at mcarlone@lionseyeinstitute.org or (813) 289-1200 x715.

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

Thank you to  DigiBooths for sponsoring our selfie booth!

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.

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 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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