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$100K in eyewear donated to St. Anthony Foundation

Prevent Blindness Northern California announced Thursday that it will be donating $100,000-worth of sunglasses and reading glasses to St. Anthony Medical Clinic to aid those in need.

“We are most grateful for this generous donation from Prevent Blindness Northern California”, said Barry J. Stenger, Executive Director of St. Anthony.  “Our clients often find the cost of glasses to be expensive and many times, go without.  We hope to ensure that all our clients have the opportunity to get the best possible vision care services through our Medical Clinic and the ability to provide them with proper eyewear, at no cost, is a wonderful service.”

The donation includes approximately 180 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses and 230 high-quality frames by Banana Republic, Chesterfield, and Denim.

“The glasses and frames have retail values ranging from $100 to $300 per pair, and would be cost prohibitive for many.” stated Seth Schalet, CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California. “We wanted these to be put to good use, and we couldn’t think of a better partner to ensure the glasses go to those in need. St. Anthony’s reputation and programming is unparalleled, and our organizations have traditionally served many of the same clients.”

St. Anthony Medical Clinic serves more than 3,000 homeless, low-income and uninsured clients per year. The clinic offers eye exams, mental health services, addiction counseling, chronic disease management, pediatrics, and more.eyewearPrevent Blindness Northern Californiast. anthony's foundationSt. Anthony's Medical ClinicTenderloin

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