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Strikes for Sight Lafayette 2024

Strikes for Sight Lafayette Blindfold Bowling Tournament

 

Join Southern Eye Bank for an evening of bowling, music, food/beverages, spirited competition, and prizes while raising funds to increase awareness about corneal blindness and eye donation!

Friday, April 12
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rock ‘n’ Bowl
905 Jefferson St. • Lafayette, LA 70501
Lane assignments at 6:00pm

$300 for a team (6 players max)
$50 per person ($40 non-bowlers)


Registration Includes:

Bowling & Shoe Rental

Band Cover Charge

Food

Refreshments

Beer & Wine

Rock ‘n’ Bowl is serving up perfectly fried seafood, buffalo wings, pizza, mozzarella sticks, shrimp remoulade, and chicken & sausage jambalaya.


Sponsorship opportunities start at $50

Click here to download sponsorship form

Please contact Jenny Babineaux for more information at jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org or 504.309.0058

 

REGISTER TODAY

Ready to bowl for a meaningful mission?
Lace up your shoes and join us at Strikes for Sight.

 

All event proceeds support Southern Eye Bank’s community education and eye-donor awareness program.

Virtual Candlelight Ceremony 2023

Each year during the holiday season, many of our partner hospitals host a candle lighting service for donor families and recipients to honor their heroes. Since 2020 we have chosen to honor the memory of our donors and share their stories virtually.

Submissions have closed for this year’s virtual ceremony. Thanks to all who participated.

If you have a longer message or story to share, please consider submitting it via our Share Your Story page to be featured on our website.

2023 Gift of Sight Celebration

Gift of Sight 2023 blue background with white pelican and eyeball in the place of the zero in 2023

Saturday, November 4, 2023
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Louisiana Children’s Museum

at City Park
15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124


Blue t-shirt with Gift of Sight 2023 blue background with white pelican and eyeball in the place of the zero in 2023Your ticket includes:

  • Free Admission to LCM at City Park (limited tickets)
  • Donor Memorial Butterfly Release Ceremony
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Family Fun
  • Crafts & Activities

Tickets for friends of Southern Eye Bank are $30 per person. T-shirts may be pre-ordered for $15 each or $20 each for sizes 3X-5X (limited supply available for purchase during the event). All proceeds from t-shirt sales fund the Gift of Sight Celebration. Children under 12 months old attend for free.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $300

Please contact Jennifer Babineaux for more information at jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org or 504.891.3937 ext. 1000.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to make a donation, you may do so.

July 2022 through June 2023 Donor Families and recipients, please call Southern Eye Bank for special rates, 504-891-3937 ext. 1000.


Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors

Southern Eye Bank Foundation
EENT blue logo
colorful bowling pins and balls

Strikes for Sight 2023

Strikes for Sight Blindfold Bowling Tournament

 

Join Southern Eye Bank for an evening of bowling, zydeco music and dancing, delicious local fare, spirited competition, and prizes while raising funds to increase awareness about corneal blindness and eye donation!

 

Thursday, September 7
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Rock ‘n’ Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave. • New Orleans, LA 70118
Lane assignments at 5:45pm

$300 for a team (6 players max)
$50 per person ($40 non-bowlers)

 


 

Registration Includes:

Bowling & Shoe Rental

Band Coverage

Food

Refreshments

Beer & Wine

Rock ‘n’ Bowl is serving up perfectly fried seafood, buffalo wings, pizza, mozzarella sticks, shrimp remoulade, and chicken & sausage jambalaya.


 

Sponsorship opportunities start at $500

Click here to download sponsorship form

Please contact Jenny Babineaux for more information at jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org or 504.309.0058


Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors

St. Thomas Community Health Centerthebookkeeper

 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

See you next year!

 

All event proceeds support Southern Eye Bank’s community education and eye-donor awareness program.

Donor Stories: Nicholas

Nicholas was pure magic and energy. Everyone he met loved him, and he was very friendly and very outgoing. He decided at 18 while getting his license renewed that he would become an organ donor. He came home and spoke to me. He stated that if anything were to happen to him that he wanted to be spread like the stars!! He said to share the magic!! So, after he passed we decided to honor his wish. I miss him deeply, but I know he’s dancing on in Heaven knowing he made an impact by giving sight to two women in Louisiana and his organs and tissue to over 75 people and counting. Nicholas was pure joy, and he’s still spreading love with his donations and contributions.

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Job Opening: Night Shift Recovery Tech

Position Description

The Night Shift Recovery Technician is responsible for the recovery of corneas and whole globes for transplant and research.

In addition, the recovery technician will be in charge of laboratory maintenance.

Responsibilities

  • Recovery of ocular tissue from donors along with donor medical chart review
  • Ability and willingness to learn FDA and EBAA guidance’s, regulations and contraindications
  • Maintenance of laboratory cleanliness, equipment, donor recovery supplies and inventory
  • Any other duties assigned by the Technical Director and/or Laboratory Coordinator

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired.
  • A minimum of one year (1) in medical or surgical field
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and surgical precision (dexterity is a must).
  • Ability to professionally interface with peers, funeral homes, coroners and hospital personnel on assignments.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new databases and systems

Additional Details

  • This is a Night Shift Position – the candidate will work seven (7) 12 hour (6pm-6am) shifts Bi-Weekly
  • Must own a vehicle with valid auto insurance and have a driver’s license
  • Ability to travel through service region as required
  • Flexibility to work weekends, nights and holidays to cover on-call shifts as needed
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Ability to lift and move more than 50 pounds

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org

How to Create a Digital Legacy Quilt Square

Southern Eye Bank is offering a new way to honor your donor hero with a Digital Legacy Quilt!

We are happy to design your square for you, using photos of your loved one, images of their favorite things, or a short quote or memory. However, if you would like to create your custom square, we have a few guidelines to follow.

Your square must be a high-resolution (300 dpi), 8″ x 8″ square file, and must be submitted as a JPG, PNG, or PDF file type.

 

Create a square using Canva

We recommend Canva, a user-friendly, free, online design and publishing tool to create your square. Canva is filled with options for templates, color palettes, images, and shapes to help you achieve your design.

Once you create your free account on Canva, you will begin by clicking Create a design at the top right corner of the screen. Then, click Custom size.

The Custom size window will appear. Select inches as the unit of measurement, and then enter your width and height—8 inches wide by 8 inches tall. Click the Create new design button.

A new tab will appear in your browser, and your blank 8″ x 8″ artboard will appear. Now, you may begin getting creative with your design!

If you are unsure of how to begin laying out your design, Canva offers an array of templates that can help you get started. You can easily add, delete, or drag-and-drop design elements as well as swap colors and fonts to achieve your desired look. Canva’s tutorial section is also super helpful if you get stuck.

Once your design is complete, click Share in the top right corner, then click Download. Set your file type to PDF Print, and leave the color profile set to RGB. Then, click Download.

Your file will now be saved to your computer or device in whichever folder is set as the default location (typically your Desktop or Downloads folder).

Finally, visit our Legacy Quilt Submission page to send us your file. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels where we will honor your donor hero with a quilt square post.

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Linkedin

Virtual Candlelight Ceremony 2022

virtual candlelight ceremony candles burning

 

Each year during the holiday season, many of our partner hospitals host a candle lighting service for donor families and recipients to honor their heroes. Since 2020 we have chosen to honor the memory of our donors and share their stories virtually.

Simply submit your donor hero’s name and a quote, memory, or short message (optional), and we’ll feature them on our social media feed to celebrate their memory and gift of sight throughout December.

Submissions have closed for this year’s virtual ceremony. Thanks to all who participated.

If you have a longer message or story to share, please consider submitting it via our Share Your Story page to be featured on our website.

woman in navy blue scrubs looking into a microscope

Position Filled: Day Shift Recovery Technician

Thank you for your interest, but the position has been filled.


Position Description

The Day Shift Recovery Technician is responsible for the recovery of corneas and whole globes for transplant and research.

In addition, the recovery technician will be in charge of laboratory maintenance.

Responsibilities

  • Recovery of ocular tissue from donors along with donor medical chart review
  • Ability and willingness to learn FDA and EBAA guidance’s, regulations and contraindications
  • Maintenance of laboratory cleanliness, equipment, donor recovery supplies and inventory
  • Any other duties assigned by the Technical Director and/or Laboratory Coordinator

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired.
  • A minimum of one year (1) in medical or surgical field
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and surgical precision (dexterity is a must).
  • Ability to professionally interface with peers, funeral homes, coroners and hospital personnel on assignments.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
  • Ability to quickly learn and master new databases and systems

Additional Details

  • This is a Day Shift Position – the candidate will work seven (7) 12 hour (6AM-6PM) shifts Bi-Weekly
  • Must own a vehicle with valid auto insurance and have a driver’s license
  • Ability to travel through service region as required
  • Flexibility to work weekends, nights and holidays to cover on-call shifts as needed
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Ability to lift and move more than 50 pounds

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to jbabineaux@southerneyebank.org

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Donor Stories: Clint

I cannot thank LOPA and The Southern Eye Bank enough for offering me a platform to share Clint’s love story. I have learned over the past 14 years…that it is not because of “the loss of him” that keeps his legacy alive, but it is truly because “he still lives within me” and the love continues to grow. That is why his legacy continues to live on in the hearts of others. You allowed me to find a place for my love to go and for that I am forever grateful.

todder boy with blonde hair and a blue striped shirtOn June 7, 2008, our world came to a crashing end. My perfect 2-year-old son wondered out of our house and drowned in our front pond. I did not know what I was going to do and had to no idea how I was going to continue to breathe. I remember receiving a call from LOPA just hours after coming home without my precious boy. I was approached regarding donation. I had to ask if I could call back because I was still trying to process what I was hearing.  I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that Clint was gone and not in the next room just napping. I said, “I need to pause.”  That is exactly what I did. I hung up and said that someone was calling and asking if we would want Clint to be a donor.  It was decided that if we were donors…wouldn’t that mean  our children would be.  Not another word was spoken, and I called back, and said yes. I did not know exactly what that yes would mean and how BIG of a yes, I was giving. It was allowing Clint the chance to be a hero to a stranger, it was allowing a stranger to have a renewed quality of life and the gift of sight. The biggest thing that came with that YES was it was about to provide me with HOPE. Renewed hope that love can be lived out and grow without the physical person still here. That the most selfless act another human can give is the gift of life to a stranger. I would have platform to stand on so I could  direct all that  love that I had for him and a precious love story to share. I waited a year and reached out to LOPA and wanted to get involved. I knew that other families needed to know the importance of this big decision and that it is something that should be talked about and decided upon before being in the throes of tragedy. Donation was something that was only addressed to me when going to the DMV to get my drivers license but what about these sweet children that don’t have a say and don’t have a voice and don’t make it to the DMV…we are their decision makers. SO, I SPOKE, EDUCATED and I SHARED. I was able to meet some of the most beautiful souls through LOPA and The Southern Eye Bank.  I met other bereaved families and I felt supported and understood. I felt like Clint mattered and that he was special. It was then that I found a love for helping other families who had lost children.

mother and baby looking at each otherI later wrote a letter to Clint’s recipients and a few years later, I received the most amazing letter from Joseph, Clint’s sight recipient. We were able to meet and that was one of the most rewarding days of my life. I remembered thinking how one of the most special moments in my life was able to come from one of the darkest.

Clint’s love story led me to an amazing job where I was the program director for a nonprofit where we assisted families who had lost babies due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Again, I was able to share Clint’s story of pain to purpose and offer hope and healing to so many other families who were grieving.

Knowing that Clint did not die a death in vain, it was always on my heart to continue his legacy by opening a nonprofit in his memory to assist parents who have suffered the loss of a child between the ages 1 – 18 years old. I am the proud founder of The RescYOU Group. We are a nonprofit that serves ten parishes in Acadiana. We offer financial aid for end-of-life expenses, free clinical grief counseling, sibling support through our Child Life Program, monthly peer to peer grief support groups, and a protocol / system in place that pairs a newly bereaved family with a navigator that helps to guide them on what to do next.

Mother and baby black and white photoI believe with all my heart that I would not be here today if it had not been for LOPA and The Southern Eye Bank. That decision…that YES…. allowed my Clint to be a hero and it changed the entire trajectory of my grief journey. The gift of donation is a truly a ripple effect…that YES will continue to give back to us in ways that we cannot even begin to imagine. Sometimes I believe that because of CLINT and because of that YES….IT WAS TRULY MY LIFE THAT WAS SAVED!

With a grateful heart,
Clint’s Mom, Reecie Gilmore