Haley GMC Buick General Manager, Barry Moore, has made children’s vision a top priority this season. After learning that as many as 1/3 of the students in some of our most economically and academically challenged schools need but don’t have glasses, he wanted know how he could make a difference this holiday season.
Haley GMC Buick has teamed up with our friends at Virginia Eye Institute to bring some additional support and recognition to the Conexus holiday fundraiser, Gift of Light.
Haley GMC Buick has issued coupons for a free “Pit Stop” where their team will check air pressure, alignment, and fill windshield washer fluid! Haley is donating $1 to the Gift of Light campaign for every coupon redeemed, and customers will receive a $10 service card from Haley towards their next visit! In addition to donations from the Pit Stop, Haley GMC Buick will donate $30 to the Gift of Light campaign for every car sold during the month of December!
Thanks so much to our friends at Virginia Eye Institute for helping us to grow the Gift of Light Fundraiser, and welcome aboard to our new friends at Haley GMC Buick! Together we can make a great difference this holiday season!
The staff at Virginia Eye Institute’s Watkins Center location enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast in celebration of their fundraising efforts in the holiday Gift of Light Campaign. Under the leadership of Michael Cuffee, the Watkins Center office more than tripled their efforts from 2015 and raised $1,583.93 in support of Conexus school-based programs, narrowly beating out the three-time winners from the Forest Location by just $7.26!!
Virginia Eye Institue CEO Brad Smith joined Conexus President and CEO Tim Gresham in congratulating the Watkins staff and helped Michael Cuffee recognize his top fundraising associate, Pam Combs, who raised a whopping $641.82 over the 4 weeks of the Campaign!!!
Congratulations to all of our Virginia Eye Institute locations for an amazing campaign that raised over $18,000 in support of improved school based vision programs for area students!!
The VEI doctors and staff at the Forest Road location went over and beyond, far exceeding their fundraising goals for the 3rd Annual Gift of Light campaign. Today they were rewarded with a little breakfast presented by VEI CEO, Brad Smith, and Conexus CEO, Tim Gresham. A steady stream of VEI staff enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast in thanks for their great work to make the 3rd Annual Gift of Light it’s most successful year so far, raising over $7,000 in support of vision programs for our area school children. Two other locations, Huguenot Road and Watkins, also EXCEEDED their goals and we are very grateful for the support of all of our VEI friends!
For the third year, Conexus and Virginia Eye Institute have brought the Gift of Light to the Metro Richmond Zoo’s Miracle of Christmas Pageant. Supported by VEI, the campaign raises funds for Conexus’ children’s programs and culminates in the placement of luminaries at the Zoo for its annual Christmas pageant, which takes place on December 21, 22, and 23 each year. The funds raised through the campaign help support Conexus’ efforts to provide comprehensive vision programs to children throughout the year, and the luminaries help add to the beauty of the season and encourage attendees to appreciate their healthy vision and the sights of the season.
Virginia Eye Institute (VEI), its doctors, and staff have all rallied to support the 3rd annual Gift of Light Campaign. Over the next month, VEI will be seeking donations from their patients and venders to help support children’s vision programs at Conexus. All of the 33 doctors in the practice have pledge a match to the VEI locations that are successful in reaching their fundraising goals. Conexus is very proud to partner with VEI, as Virginia’s largest ophthalmic practice, and very grateful for the generous support of time and energy to the success of the campaign!
As we reach the end of this year's Gift of Light Campaign, we want to share our sincere thanks for the volunteers and donors that make this very special project possible. Volunteers from Red Lane Baptist Church, along with students from several area schools, pitched in on Sunday afternoon to assemble and place 2,000 luminaries to add to the beauty of the Metro Richmond Zoo's Miracle of Christmas Live Nativity.
Proceeds from the sale of the luminaries go directly to support our children's programs, which work very closely with schools and school nurses to protect the healthy vision of our students. By making sure that students who need glasses or other vision care have them, we are helping to remove barriers to success for the 25% of children who have a vision problem significant enough to affect their ability to learn.
Donations to support this campaign and our children's programs are still being accepted here. It's not too late to experience the Miracle of Christmas, either; there are three final presentations tonight. Click here for the schedule and additional details about the event.
This campaign is sponsored by Virginia Eye Institute, with additional sponsorships from Stoever & Palmore, Transamerica, Hilldrup, and Foley Creative Solutions.