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Lions Eye Bank of NJ Celebrates Visionary Award Recipients

Marina P. Kennedy

Thursday, April 25, 2013 • 6:59am

The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey held its Visionary of the Year 2013 Award dinner at L’Affaire on Wednesday evening. This event honored Richard Zimmerman, PDG, and Steve Domovich, PDG. 
 
The men were selected as Visionaries because of their exceptional commitment to eye, organ and tissue donation and the Eye Bank’s mission of sight restoration and preservation. Margaret Chaplin, Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey’s Executive Director commented, “We are so fortunate to have Rich and Steve championing our cause. I can’t think of two more deserving gentlemen to receive this award.”
 
Steve Domovich has been a member of the Hunterdon Hills Lions Club for 44 years and he achieved Life Member Status in 1991. He served two terms as Club President, chaired numerous committees and was District Governor.  He joined the board of the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey several years before it became affiliated with Midwest Eye-Banks and is still a member. He attended the event with many members from his club.  He said, “I feel great.”  Marshall Klein presented the award to Domovich. Klein founded the Eye Bank of New Jersey and he received the award in 2006.  He said, “Since its inception, the Eye Bank continues to grow each and every year.”
 
Richard Zimmerman travelled over an hour and a half from Laurel Springs to receive his honor.  He is a charter member of the Laurel Springs Lions Club which began in 1980.  He has played a key role in numerous projects at local, regional, and international levels including an effort to provide recycled medical supplies to an eye clinic in Bolivia.  He was modest about receiving the honor.  Zimmerman said, “You know when you do something right.  The whole group should be honored.”  Gene Polgar presented the award to Zimmerman.  Both men served on the Board of Directors of the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley.  Polgar was also a past recipient of the award in 2010.  He said, “It’s a special night for anyone who receives this honor.”
 
The event was organized by Committee Chair, Walter Pardo.  Pardo was pleased with the attendance, business sponsorship, and the help he received with the event.  He said, “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the Lions of New Jersey.  We have met and exceeded our financial goals. We are going to also achieve our objective to bring the Lions organizations together with the Eye Bank and have people come out and learn how we change people’s lives.”
 
Jeff Lamb is a Regional Sales Representative for Extreme Energy Solutions in Sussex County.  He was one of many guests who came to the event because they were interested in learning about the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey. He said, “I am glad to be here.”
 
The evening featured a welcome by Margaret Chaplin, Executive Director of the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey, Comments by Pardo and the Award Presentations. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, music by The Berkeleys, dinner, and the chance to win raffle prizes and silent auction items.
 
The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey is a charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reservation and restoration of sight.  It recovers, evaluates and distributes human eye tissue for transplantation.  It also supports research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions, promotes donation awareness through public and professional education and provides humanitarian aid to people in need of corneal transplantation worldwide.  More can be learned by visiting www.lionseyebanknj.org or by calling, (800) 653-9379.
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