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Virtual Candlelight Ceremony 2022

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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.

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We’re Hiring: Day Shift Recovery Technician

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.


  • 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


  • 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

Eye Donation Month 2022

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Office of the Governor John Bel Edwards Proclamation declaring November as Eye Donation Month in the State of Louisiana

November 2022 is officially Eye Donation Month in the State of Louisiana, by proclamation of Governor John Bel Edwards! Click here to view the official proclamation.


2022 Gift of Sight Celebration

  • Saturday, November 5 • 11am – 2pm
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum at City Park
  • Donor families, recipients, and surgeons are invited to participate in this special event that honors the legacies of Eye Donors and celebrates the Gift of Sight.
  • Event includes admission to the museum, a donor memorial butterfly release ceremony, picnic lunch, family fun, crafts and activities, and more!

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil

  • Monday, November 7 • 6pm
  • St. Francis Xavier Church – 105 Vincent Ave., Metairie, LA
  • The Order of Saint Lazarus celebrates Louisiana organ donors and transplant recipients at this interfaith candlelight vigil. For more information or to RSVP, email or call 504-558-8900.

Kendra Scott + Southern Eye Bank Fundraiser

  • Saturday, November 12 • 12 – 4pm
  • Lakeside Mall, Metairie
  • In celebration of November as Eye Donation Month, Southern Eye Bank will receive 20% of all Kendra Scott in-store sales  November 12th from noon to 4pm. A virtual event will run for 48 hours on November 12th and 13th.
  • This is a perfect time to buy that favorite piece of jewelry, purchase holiday gifts, and fund the education programs that help our community understand the need for cornea donation.

EBAA Run for Vision

  • November 1-30
  • Virtual 5K
  • Join ophthalmologists, eye bankers, corneal transplant recipients, and donor family members to support EBAA’s mission to restore sight through cornea donation and transplantation. Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, EBAA is once again hosting our annual Run for Vision. Run or walk within your own community any time from through November 30 and submit your time online!

Donor Drives

  • Monday, November 7 • 11am – 2pm
    • Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, LA 70121
  • Thursday, November 10 • 11am – 2pm
    • Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital, 524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Thursday, November 17 • 11am – 2pm
    • North Oaks Medical Center, 15837 Paul Vega MD Drive, Hammond 70403
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Kendra Scott Fundraiser

Kendra Scott Donates To Southern Eye Bank on Purchases Made Nov. 12-13, 2022

Shopping for delicate, dynamic, and fine jewelry for birthdays, anniversaries, the holidays, or yourself? Consider shopping Kendra Scott Jewelry on November 12th and 13th, 2022.

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November is Eye Donation Month! Kendra Scott is generously donating 20% of your purchase amount to Southern Eye Bank. Visit us in-store at Lakeside Mall in Metairie on November 12th from noon to 4pm to kick off the event, and shop anytime on November 12th or 13th and mention the Southern Eye Bank fundraiser to the salesperson. Or, shop online using giveback code GIVEBACK-CGWPY.

Donations go to support non-profit Southern Eye Bank’s mission to preserve and restore sight. Your support is crucial to us as Southern Eye Bank is one of the dwindling numbers of non-profit eye banks. Thank you for all you do!

2022 Gift of Sight Celebration

The Gift of Sight Celebration is on for tomorrow—
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Saturday, November 5, 2022
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Louisiana Children’s Museum

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

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Your 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 or 504.891.3937 ext. 1000.

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

2020 and 2021 Donor Families and recipients, please call Southern Eye Bank for special rates, 504-891-3937 ext. 1000.

Thanks to our 2022 Community Sponsors

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EBAA Share Your View Photo Contest

A New View! Building hope, restoring sight, changing lives. Give a new view with the gift of sight, register as an eye, organ, and tissue donor. Eye Donation Month November 2022. #eyedonationmonth

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) wants to see things from your unique point of view! This year’s Share Your View photo contest celebrates the new perspective on life that corneal transplant recipients experience from having their sight restored and the change in viewpoint donor families express when the loss of a loved one also gives someone else the opportunity to see the world anew.

This year’s theme is A New View, and the contest is open to corneal transplant recipients, donor families, and corneal surgeons. To enter, snap a photo of a view that makes you cherish the gift of sight and submit the photo to the Share Your View entry page by September 15, 2022. The winners will be featured in the EBAA’s social media campaign for Eye Donation Month in November and receive prizes (to be announced soon)!

Click here for full contest details and information

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Strikes for Sight 2022

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 15
7pm – 9pm

Rock ‘n’ Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave. • New Orleans, LA 70118
Lane assignments at 6:45pm

$275 for a team (6 players max)
$45 per person ($35 non-bowlers)



Registration Includes:

Bowling & Shoe Rental


Soda, Wine & Beer

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 or 504.309.0058



Registration & Sponsorship

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

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Position Filled: Referral Coordinator

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

Position Description

In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating the donation of ocular tissue through comprehensive medical screenings, discussing donation options with potential donor families, and managing tissue recovery logistics with various organizations.

In this role, you will:

  • Assess donation potential by critically reviewing the patient’s clinical course and health history; this is done through the use of working directly with hospital nurses and physicians in a professional, efficient, and precise manner.
  • Conduct sensitive, informational discussions with potential donor families regarding tissue donation options for their loved ones.
  • Advocate for donation while communicating with partner organizations and donor families.
  • Coordinate logistics for all Donor Operations activity including creatively addressing barriers & navigating complex timelines.
  • Work with other employees to increase efficiency in the workplace.
  • Continually monitor research requests to meet distribution needs for research tissue.
  • Complete continuous training requirements to maintain proficiency and improve performance in a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Design and execute on projects as needed. Actively participate in other projects and duties as assigned.
  • Ensure all applicable FDA, EBAA, and state regulatory policies are followed.
  • Ability to assist in daily/nightly laboratory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • High-level oral and written communication skills and interacts effectively with all Eye Bank staff
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with peers while developing a positive work environment
  • Ambitiously improves self and has the ability to facilitate self-directed learning
  • Experience with computer data bases and data entry
  • Able to interpret and follow written direction
  • Ability to work long hours, nights, weekends and holidays. At times may be asked to fill in various open shifts that could also include days.
  • Position is 12 hour shift work over night (6 PM-6 AM)
  • Location of the position is Metairie, LA

Education and/or Equivalent Experience

  • High School or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.
  • Relevant educational or work experience preferred.

Job Type: Full-Time
Pay: $15.00-$18.00/hour

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to

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Employee Spotlight: Neely Burns

Say hello to Neely Burns…

Neely Burns employee spotlightWhat is your job title?
I am a recovery technician.

How long have you worked for SEB?
I have worked at SEB for a year as of yesterday!

How does your work help donation?
I help with donation by procuring the eye tissue of generous donors with the upmost care to be used for transplant and research.

Why is your work important to you?
My work is important to me because every time I go in, I know I will be impacting the lives of at least two families and hope that I further both of their journeys to healing.

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How to Register to Be an Organ Donor in Louisiana

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Either at your local DMV or online, registering as an organ donor is easy.

When you sign up to be an organ donor, you can change lives for the better. Plus, it’s fast and easy. Here are all the ways you can do it if you live in Louisiana.


  1. The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) is federally mandated to manage Louisiana’s organ recovery and allocation program. The non-profit agency focuses on educating the medical community and the general public about organ and tissue donation issues, works with families through the donation process, recovers donated organs and tissue, and places the organs and tissue for transplant. You can join the Louisiana Donor Registry online through the LOPA website.
  2. Another place you can register online is through (it’s also a treasure trove of general facts about organ donation, debunking donation myths, and local resources).
  3. The Donate Life Louisiana website also contains many resources and the Louisiana Donor Registry website.

In Person

You can register to become an organ donor in person at your local LA OMV office. Just let the person processing your application know that you want to register as an organ donor. This works both to applying for and renewing your driver’s license.

By Phone

No access to the computer or can’t travel to a DMV? No problem. You can call LOPA toll-free at 1-800-521-4483 to join the organ donor database for the state of Louisiana.

Taking It to the National Level

Not in LA or moving out of state soon? The national registry database will let you update/change your organ donor status and carry your registration from state to state. If you are not in Louisiana (or soon won’t be), you can also register for organ donation here.

About Organ Donation in Louisiana

You can find a ton more information about organ donation in LA at the resources mentioned above, but here are a quick few facts:

  1. Your registration is legally binding. Per Louisiana’s Anatomical Gift Act, Louisiana is a first-person consent registry state, which means that your decision about donating is legally binding. That’s why it’s important to discuss your wishes with your family to ensure everyone is informed and on the same page.
  2. Parental consent may be needed. There are no age limitations on who can participate in the organ donation program in Louisiana, but parental consent is required for minors under 18.
  3. You or your family won’t pay any donation expenses. There are no fees for signing up to be an organ donor, and your family won’t be responsible for paying any medical costs related to your donation. The organ transplant program will pay all donation expenses.
  4. Some common misconceptions about organ donation:

Do you have any questions about organ donation? We’re happy to help! Contact us anytime at, or to learn more about how to sign up for organ donation and save lives.