Contributions Allow Continued Free Vision Screenings in Local Schools

Middletown, N.J. – The Middletown Lions Club recognized several individuals for their philanthropic support of the ‘Vision for Children’ Luncheon, commemorating their generosity with gold ‘Paw Print’ statues. The event generated over $7,500 and will enable the club to continue performing free vision screenings for local school districts. To date, the club’s vision screening team – The ‘Knights of Sight’ – has tested the eyes of over 1,000 children in both public and parochial schools in Middletown. The large donations enabled the club to purchase a Welch-Allyn Suresight Vision Screener, a special camera used in the screenings which costs close to $6,000.  “Each one of you has invested in the lives of children by helping to protect their eyesight. Eyesight preservation is a major Lions initiative, and you have all contributed honorably and without hesitation,” noted Lion President Beverly Bova Scarano. “You had made your ‘paw prints’ on the world and on these children,” she added.

(left to right) Michael and Rose Stallmeyer, Ruth Bova, who accepted on behalf of Graham Miller; Lion Eleanor Holstein; Lion Kathy Davies, chairwoman of the ‘Vision for Children’ Luncheon; Lion Craig Finnegan; and George Lucas.

The individuals honored were Michael and Rose Stallmeyer, Middletown; Graham Miller, Tucson, Arizona, the son of Middletown Lions Club Charter Member George Miller; Lion Eleanor Holstein, Middletown, in memory of her late husband Dr. Albert Holstein; Lion Craig Finnegan, Middletown, president of the Garden State Land Surveyors Association (GSLSA), who provided the donation; and George Lucas, Marlboro, executive director of the GSLSA.

The Lions Club of Middletown Township, chartered in 1946 under Lions International, is a volunteer service organization which supports local charities and assists individuals in need. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world with over 1.3 million members worldwide in over 200 countries. The Middletown Lions Club supports initiatives including sight preservation, prevention of blindness, health screenings, nutrition programs and food pantries, and additional charitable programs which assist individuals and families with special needs. Membership is by invitation. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet, Union Square Mall, Middletown Township. Additional information is available on the website or by contacting Lori Anne Oliwa at [email protected].

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