Better Vision. Better Hearing. Better Georgia.
See Now. Hear Now. Run Now. 5k a Huge Success!
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation hosted the See Now. Hear Now. Run Now. 5k Run/Walk right on the doorsteps of its new headquarters At a time when unemployment and financial hardship dominate the headlines, the Lighthouse partnered with community leaders and businesses to raise nearly $13,000 for low-cost vision and hearing care to uninsured Georgians.
Nearly 160 runners and walkers enjoyed a flat course through downtown Chamblee, passing familiar local sights like Antique Row and the mural under the bridge on Chamblee Dunwoody. Families enjoyed post-race games and a bounce house. Community leaders came out in force to support the race; the 5k kicked off with a special introduction from R. Eric Clarkson, the mayor of Chamblee, and the awards ceremony was emceed by Jessica Black, Miss United States 2010.
According to Christina Lennon, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Foundation, the organization looked forward to meeting its neighbors and educating the community about its work. After moving its headquarters to Chamblee last January, the Lighthouse opened an eye clinic and optical lab in the new building, providing more eye exams and glasses to uninsured Georgians than ever.
Recent spikes in demand for Lighthouse services, however, have made its work more critical, and the organization has met significant challenges in expanding programs when many nonprofits are struggling to stay afloat. “With the economic climate, we have to look to new avenues to fundraise,” said Mrs. Lennon. “We face an applicant pool that is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s why we need to count on having a dedicated support base within communities that benefit from our eye clinics, or receive surgeries and hearing aids from our partner medical providers.”
Thanks to everyone who participated!
A special thank-you to the sponsors! Without their help, we wouldn't have been able to pull off the race!