Volume 21 - February, 2021
a graphic of an eye ball made of diamonds with the words  eye ball 75th anniversary under it
Dear Friends,

We had hoped to gather together this spring to celebrate our 75th Anniversary at two exciting events, however due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, we have decided to reschedule BOTH the enVision 20/20 Luncheon and the Eye Ball.

The enVision 20/20 Luncheon featuring David Crohan is now November 9, 2021 at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach.

The 75th Anniversary “Eye Ball” will now be celebrated on Tuesday, December 2, 2021 at the Pelican Club in Jupiter.

We hope by the fall, everyone will have received the vaccine and the CDC will have deemed it safe to gather again. If you have already paid for your sponsorship or tickets for either event, they will be transferred over to the new dates. 

We have no idea what this new year will bring and what long-term affects COVID will have on our organization. Therefore, we need your support now more than ever, please consider underwriting or buying a ticket to one, or both of our events, visit lhpb.org for more information.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.  


Mary Allen
Interim Executive Director   
A Look Back.......
An ongoing pictorial flashback from 75 years of service.

Transporting the Blind over the years.
1950's black station wagon
1950's
The first transportation "station wagon" that transported the blind.
The wagon was a gift from Thrift, Inc.
1960's white VW Van
1960's
Transportation for the blind evolved in the 1960's to the classic VW van. This van was made possible by Southside Lions Club.
A1974 multi-passenger van
1970's
The 70's saw the invention of the multi-passenger van which enabled more clients to be transported. The Jewish Guild donated the van to Lighthouse.
February is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month
graphic of an eye with macular degeneration
AMD is the leading cause of low vision and blindness in Americans age 60 years and older and affects 1.6 million Americans. As the Baby Boomer generation ages,
the rates of AMD are expected to reach
“epidemic proportions”. 
AMD is a progressive disease and most often,
can’t be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. 

AMD slowly steals vision as it affects the retina, a paper-thin tissue lining the back of the eye, and causes the cells in the area to die. As a result, if you have AMD, you have blind spots, grayness and other distortions in the center frame of your vision, making it hard to do things like reading, shopping, cooking, or writing.

If you have been diagnosed with AMD or Low Vision, Lighthouse for the Blind is here for you. Our certified staff can help you learn new ways to perform day to day functions. Often you can still do many of your favorite things using new techniques and adaptive devices.

Our on-sight low vision specialist, Dr. Scott Gartner often can prescribe special glasses and magnifying lenses that are life changing. Visit lhpb.org or call 561-586-5600 to learn more.
Logo of Honda Birdies for Children
YOU COULD WIN A NEW HONDA AND HELP SUPPORT LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND
It's easy to play the Honda Classic Birdies for Children Contest:
  • Pledge $20 or more to benefit Lighthouse for the Blind for the opportunity to guess the number of birdies at the 2021 Honda Classic (March 15 - 21). If you guess correctly you could win a new Honda or other prizes!
  • 100% of the donation PLUS a 5% matching donation will be awarded to Lighthouse.
Deadline to enter is March 1, 2021.
Donate and guess now at:
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has released a pre-registration website for eligible Florida residents to register for vaccines at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

The Publix online portal will be open again on Wednesday, February 3 at 6 am at https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
Calendar of Events:

Saturday, February 6 10 am - Youth Valentine's Day Party at the new Lighthouse. To attend you must email estevens@lhpb.org.

Friday, February 19 12 pm to 1pm - Virtual Book Club
e-mail dsalina@lhpb.org to register. The book is American Stories.

Thursday, February 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 - Virtual Book Club
e-mail dsalina@lhpb.org to register. The book is The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini.