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The 2021 Eye Ball

Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year!

2021 Eye Ball: Home for the Holidays

Buy Local. Give Local.

Our 2021 Eye Ball will take place outdoors at the Ybor City headquarters of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research on Saturday, November 13 at 6:00p.m. Join us at our home in holiday cocktail attire as we host a seasonal celebration that raises funds to support children’s vision health.

Proceeds will benefit our new Pediatric Vision Health Program, which provides vision screenings and early intervention to children in Head Start programs in Hillsborough County, our new pediatric vision screening association, and other mission initiatives.

The 2021 Eye Ball: Home for the Holidays will feature a curated holiday collection of unique experiences and gifts sourced from local Tampa Bay businesses. You loved last year’s #LiftUpLocal concept so much, that we decided to reimagine that for this year’s event!

At this seasonal-themed celebration you can expect experiences that may include:

  • Tour of our Transplant and Research Labs
  • Photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy
  • Cigar-rolling demonstration and lounge with a whiskey/bourbon tasting
  • Tour of the Glazer Vision Foundation’s Mobile Vision Clinic
  • Curated collection of local pop-up shops to purchase gifts for everyone on your list

Your attendance is essential to empowering Lions Eye Institute’s key programs to support people who are blind or visually impaired. We look forward to hosting you at our home during the 2021 holiday season.

This will be an outdoor event. Cocktail attire.

Individual ticket prices are $250 per person or $1,000 per couple for VIP tickets. Thank you for your patience as we update your ticket purchasing experience on our new website.

In the interim, you can purchase a ticket by making a check payable to Lion Eye Institute Foundation with “Eye Ball” in the memo line and mailing it to us at the address above. To provide credit card information, please email foundation@lionseyeinstitute.org with your name and telephone number and we will call you.

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

The Eye Ball Archives

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

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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