GLENDALE, Wis., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Since early
October hundreds of Danny Gokey fans have donated used eyeglasses
and non-perishable food items at Wisconsin Vision stores throughout
the state. In exchange for their donation, today those fans get to
meet Gokey, the 19/RCA Nashville recording artist and 2009 American
Idol finalist, when he shows up to contribute his own used pairs of
eyeglasses at Wisconsin Vision’s new Glendale location. Gokey’s
glasses will then be auctioned online to raise funds for a new
program announced today by Wisconsin Vision and Sophia’s Heart to
provide free eye exams and glasses for children in need.
Wisconsin Vision will also present a $10,000 contribution to
Gokey for Sophia’s Heart, the non-profit organization Gokey founded
in memory of his late wife Sophia to help mend and heal the hearts
of children and families who have been touched by poverty,
sickness, disease, broken families and broken dreams.
First Medical Relief Program Focuses on Vision Care The Clear
Days Ahead program is the first medical relief program for Sophia’s
Heart. Each month Wisconsin Vision will auction several pairs of
Gokey’s eyeglasses for the non-profit. The funds will help pay for
reduced-rate eye exams provided by Wisconsin Vision optometrists.
The optical company will then donate the needed lenses, frames and
fabrications valued at more than $200 per pair. The Milwaukee
Teachers Education Association will help screen and refer children
eligible for the free exams and eyewear.
“Danny and Wisconsin Vision share a strong sense of community
values and during his last visit he expressed his desire to use his
old glasses to help others,” explains Darren Horndasch, Wisconsin
Vision’s president and CEO. “Our company has collected and donated
thousands of pairs of eyeglasses to those who can’t afford them.
We’re excited to involve our employees, customers and partners, and
use our relationship with Danny to help further su