Ensight’s staff extends a hearty thank you to the wonderful sponsors of our 2020 Eye Ball! Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, Ophthalmic Instruments, Inc., Foundation Fighting Blindness, Jackson Eye Care, Otter Cares, Bank of Colorado, and Lions Clubs International. Their support helps Ensight provide low vision services to people in need. Read on to learn more about these amazing and generous organizations.
Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado
Eye Center Of Northern Colorado, is a medical group practice located in Fort Collins, Longmont, and Greeley that provides comprehensive eye care as well and specializes in Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Ophthalmic Instruments, Inc.
OII is an ophthalmic instrumentation leader founded by Lou Shone, in 1977, as a family owned and operated business. Now the largest ophthalmic dealer on the West Coast, OII provides equipment and supplies for ophthalmic offices including refractors, ophthalmoscopes, retinal cameras, lamp imaging, and stools.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971 by a passionate group of families driven to find treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases that were affecting their loved ones. At that time, little was known about these blinding retinal degenerative diseases. Very little research was being done, and there were no clinical trials for potential treatments.
The Foundation’s goal was clear and focused: To drive the research that would lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases, specifically macular degeneration – including age related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Together these conditions affect more than 10 million Americans and millions more throughout the world.
Today, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading private funder of retinal disease research. That funding has been a driving force behind the progress toward cures, including the identification of more than 270 genes linked to retinal disease, and the launch of 40 clinical trials for potential treatments.
On an annual basis, the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Foundation’s Clinical Research Institute fund more than 90 research grants. The research projects are conducted by more than 150 research investigators at institutions, eye hospitals, and universities in the United States, Australia, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Israel, and Mexico.
Metric Motors and Loveland Tire & Service
Metric Motors is an accredited, award-winning auto mechanic shop with expert mechanics in Loveland, Colorado.
Metric had its first energy audit in 2011, and afterwards they began to adopt greener, more eco-friendly practices. Metric converted to energy-saving T-8 fluorescent lighting. Each month it recycles as much as it can, including 200 gallons of used oil and 500 pounds of paper and cardboard. It uses an environmentally safe cleaning solvent, and employs other practices listed on its website.
Nancy Richardson founded OtterCares to invest in education and empower youth to create lasting change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Since 2009, the nonprofit organization has equipped kids, classrooms, and communities to recognize their true potential to make a difference.
OtterCares teaches kids to be entrepreneurs, philanthropists, makers, doers, and givers. It manages Impact, Inspiration and Innovation Station Funds and engages with community partners to identify growth opportunities for our mission to inspire students to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists!
Jackson Eye Care
Dr. Jackson is the independent optometrist located next to Wal-Mart Vision Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The office performs comprehensive eye exams to address patient needs and concerns, evaluate and fine tune glasses and contact lens prescription for the best vision possible. Dr. Jackson evaluates the health of the eyes to ensure there are no medical eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts.
Lions Clubs International Lions Clubs International is an international non-political service organization established originally in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, by Melvin Jones. It is now headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. It’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs Its main focus areas are Vision, childhood cancer, diabetes, environment, hunger.
Bank of Colorado
The Bank of Colorado one of the oldest banks in Colorado. In 1978, Bank of Colorado became a part of a larger family of local banks started by the Dinsdale family in Palmer, Nebraska, during the Great Depression to serve their community. They ran their bank much like they ran their farms, which helped them earn people’s trust. Eventually they reach out to other states, including Colorado. Today, Bank of Colorado serves communities throughout the Eastern Plains, the Front Range, the Western Slope and the Four Corners Region.