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Eversight recognized for its commitment to excellence

November 22, 2015

Eversight Michigan and Eversight Illinois recently received three-year accreditation from the Eye Banking Association of America (EBAA). Eversight Ohio was accredited earlier this year.

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The Latest News from Eversight Michigan

Eversight Director earns highest CEBT exam score
June 25, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - The Eye Bank Association of America recently recognized Collin Ross, Executive Director of Eversight International, for earning the highest score on the Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) exam this spring.

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Eversight and EBAA: Partners in sight restoration
June 3, 2015

ATLANTA, GA. – Eversight staff will be participating in six panels during this week’s Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

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Eversight Michigan passes FDA inspection
May 26, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Investigators from the Federal Drug Administration found no citable observations during a routine inspection of Eversight Michigan last week.

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Midwest Eye-Banks is now Eversight
March 20, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – On March 20, Midwest Eye-Banks changed its name to Eversight to re-energize its mission and inspire more people to support the organization’s commitment to providing the gift of sight now and into the future.

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Eversight honors Dr. King with Day of Service celebration

This year, Eversight celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its own Day of Service. Staff at each of our affiliates chose a unique way to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

“I’m so pleased that Eversight is supporting this holiday because I do think it speaks volumes about our culture and our values,” said Debbie May-Johnson, executive director of the Eversight Ohio.

Affiliates chose a variety of ways to serve their communities:

  • Eversight Ohio staff volunteered at Transplant House, which provides accommodations for people whose family members are waiting for life-saving transplants. They cooked a full meal for residents, tore down Christmas decorations and added Valentines décor to apartments.
  • Eversight New Jersey staff volunteered at Josephine’s Place, an organization that empowers women by helping them develop computer skills.
  • Staff members at Eversight Illinois’s Chicago office gathered to make Valentine’s Day cards to send to senior living homes in the city and are collecting items to be donated to a local Ronald McDonald House.
  • Staff from Eversight Illinois, Watson Gailey volunteered at Home Sweet Home mission’s “Bread for Life” co-op, which helps low-income individuals and families struggling with food insecurity use their own abilities to provide food for themselves and their families.
  • Eversight Michigan packed 20 care packages for soldiers serving overseas and encouraged staff to share their individual observances on a board in the lobby.
  • The Communications and Logistics Center worked with Dezirae’s Helping Hands, which is dedicated to helping the homeless population in the Detroit Metro Area.

May-Johnson first brought the idea to celebrate MLK Day to the Leadership Team a year ago. The idea was approved, and a committee was put together to decide how the holiday could best be recognized on a corporate level.

“Debbie’s focus, and the committee’s focus, was solidifying our place in the fabric of the communities we serve,” said Ramona Bashshur, project coordinator. “We wanted to affirm that we as a corporation espouse these ideals and wanted to give our employees the opportunity to do something that was meaningful to them as a representative of Eversight.”

The team – Director of Human Resources Jan Ableson, Bashshur, May-Johnson and Executive Coordinator/Board Liaison Darlene Wade – collaborated to find the most effective way to recognize the holiday across the organization. Ultimately, they decided the best approach was to encourage each service area to organize unique events that were meaningful to their employees and their local communities.

“Even though we’re a nonprofit and we serve the community on a daily basis, we also rely on the community to be successful,” May-Johnson said. “The community gives so much to us, so this was a great way to give back and to honor Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for.”


Michigan Reaches Historic Milestone:
More than half of all adults are now registered organ donors

January 13, 2015

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that the number of Michigan adults registered as organ, tissue and eye donors has now surpassed 50 percent and she credited her staff with helping to bring out the record-breaking growth.

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2014 News Releases

Lion Karen Ates, PDG receives Eversight Michigan’s Shared Vision Award
September 2, 2014

Eversight Michigan was proud to present its Shared Vision Award to Lion Karen Ates, PDG, on August 23 at the Sighting in on Vision Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser. This award, created in 2009, recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have shown extraordinary support of Eversight’s mission to restore sight through corneal transplantation, research and education.

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New Partnership
July 30, 2014

Eversight Michigan is partnering with the Michigan Masons and the Lions of Michigan Foundation to provide free public services to the community, including the Child Identification and Kidsight programs. All three organizations will be at the South Kent National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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Shared Vision Award
July 23, 2014

Eversight Michigan is pleased to announce that Grand Rapids ophthalmologist David D. Verdier, M.D., has received a Shared Vision Award. This award, created in 2009, recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have shown extraordinary support of Eversight’s mission to restore sight through corneal transplantation, research and education.

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2013 News Releases

Eversight Michigan Corneal Tranplants, $6 billion lifetime benefit.
October 11, 2013

Corneal transplants performed in the United States this year will result in nearly $6 billion in total net benefits over the lifetime of the recipients, according to a six-month study undertaken by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

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2011 News Releases

National Donor Sabbath brings eye, organ and tissue donation to religious communities
November 4, 2011

ANN ARBOR – Most religions in the United States accept eye, organ and tissue donation as a good and charitable thing, according to information released by Donate Life America...

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Eversight honors world‐renowned Michigan eye surgeon with Founder’s Award
October 10, 2011

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Ready, aim, fire! Eversight Michigan asks shooters to set sights on vision
August 31, 2011

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Eversight honors Michigan Board member with Founder’s Award
August 22, 2011

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White Cloud man receives Eversight Michigan Shared Vision Award
August 22, 2011

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Eversight Michigan mourns loss of Board member and longtime supporter
August 16, 2011

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Eversight Michigan thanks friends, supporters with a Summer Celebration at Dow Diamond
August 11, 2011

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Beaumont nurse to receive Eversight Michigan Shared Vision Award
August 11, 2011

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Ionia, Montcalm Medical Examiner to receive Eversight Michigan Shared Vision Award
August 11, 2011

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Grand View Hospital Pathologist to receive Eversight Michigan Eversight Shared Vision Award
August 11, 2011

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Michigan researchers among recipients of $112K in grant funding
May 25, 2011

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12‐year‐old twin cornea recipients receive award for volunteer efforts
April 13, 2011

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Buddies await you at the Secretary of State Office
April 5, 2011

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Cornea recipient organizes “Ride‐a‐Thon” for the Eversight Michigan
March 23, 2011

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2010 News Releases

Church recognizes National Donor Sabbath with gospel concert
November 11, 2010

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Michigan researchers among recipients of $156K in funding as
grant program marks 30th year

July 21, 2010

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Lions Clubs host Donor Registry station at festival
June 15, 2010

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Lions Clubs host Donor Registry station at art show
June 30, 2010

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Lions Clubs host Donor Registry station at concert
June 11, 2010

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Lions Clubs host Donor Registry station at parade
June 11, 2010

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Countryside Cone & Coney partners with Eversight Michigan
June 8, 2010

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Eversight Michigan hosts Donor Registry station at Blood Drive
March 22, 2010

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Eversight Michigan’s Eye Donor Month calendar spotlights local residents
March 2, 2010

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Eversight Michigan hosts Donor Registry station at Health Fair
February 2, 2010

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Eversight Michigan Medical Director gives aid in Haiti
February 2, 2010

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Lions Clubs host Donor Registry station at Chili Cookoff
January 20, 2010

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