Ugly Clothing Optional

A friend recently told me that when they think of golf, all they think of is rich old men wearing ugly clothing. They may be right about the clothing part, but the truth is – love it or hate it – golf is a great vehicle for helping people in need.

Charitable golf events raise over $3.9 Billion – BILLION! – for philanthropy in the U.S.each year. Last month I played in the Salem Leadership Foundation’s annual RainFest fundraiser and played a small part in helping my friend Sam Skillern’s organization raise over $100,000, a new RainFest record! These funds will have a real impact on the Salem-Keizer community, helping connect those in need with critical services to make their lives better.

At the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, we’re partnering with the KEX Kids Fund to host the Liberty Mutual Invitational on September 24th at Langdon Farms GC. This great event that will raise funds to help Oregon children receive critical vision screenings, eye exams, and eyeglasses. The proceeds will help kids see better and read at grade level, which will in turn help them succeed academically and keep them on track to be successful in life. Those that support this great golf event will help Oregon children have a better chance at having a great life.

Don’t play golf? There are plenty of ways to support the Liberty Mutual Invitational other than registering a team of 4 for $800. We have Sponsor Levels for every budget:

  • Supporting Sponsor – $5,000
  • Lunch Sponsor – $2,500
  • Team Sponsor – $1,000
  • Exclusive Tee Sponsor – $500
  • Hole Sponsor – $200
  • Sponsor – $100

Our sponsors receive visibility at the event and on social media and we also provide our sponsors with tickets to the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge, taking place August 16-19. For every $25 in sponsor support, you’ll receive a ticket good for any round of the Portland Open – what a deal!!

Even if you don’t fancy yourself a Jack Nicklaus, a Michelle Wie, or a Rickie Fowler – my favorite – I hope you’ll consider supporting the Liberty Mutual Invitational.

For more info, Contact Doug at or at (503) 413-7399

Keeping Kids Safe – and Successful!

There’s been a lot in the news lately about keeping kids safe and how to protect children in schools. I don’t have all the answers but I know one thing for sure: Kids that feel good about themselves are far less likely to hurt themselves or others.

Sounds great, but how do we help kids feel good about themselves?

It’s a lot easier than you might think. From Reading Rockets, a national literacy initiative that offers resources on how young kids learn: “The effects of falling behind in reading and feeling like a failure can take a large toll on kids. Children can lose all desire to learn to read or go to school. Some begin to act out in class or set low expectations for themselves.”

This is exactly why it’s critical that all kids in Oregon – and everywhere for that matter – have their vision screened at a young age. In addition to catching serious vision health issues like amblyopia (lazy eye) we can also identify children like Avery, now a 2nd grader at Kinnaman Elementary in Aloha. According to Avery’s Mom, Sarah: “I never suspected an issue. He can’t see close up, he’s farsighted.”

After his farsightedness (hyperobia) was detected by OLSHF’s SPOT vision screening device, Sarah took Avery in for an eye exam. “I told his optometrist that he was screened at school and he commented about how great that was and important for academics to be able to see. He said boys are especially affected as it leads to behavior issues if they are failing academically.”


Sarah tells us that Avery LOVES to read and is “excelling in math at school”. My guess is that Avery – and other kids like him that are able to read at grade level at a young age – are on track for success in school and in life because they have the critical tools needed to be successful.

So let’s work together to ensure that the resources are in place for every child to be successful – and to be safe – in school.

Would you like to help kids like Avery see better and read at grade level? Contact Doug at for way to get involved to help Oregon kids be successful – and safe – in school.

Help OLSHF Hit 100 by Showing Your PRIDE!

OLSHF appreciates every donor who supports our sight and hearing programs no matter what level of giving or what suits your budget.

We hope that donors will quickly see the impact of their gift through the stories of Oregonians we help with eyeglasses, vision screening, hearing aids, and access to surgeries.

But what if you could stretch your gift and in turn help more people?

By joining our PRIDE program, that is possible! You become part of a special effort to increase awareness of OLSHF and Lions’ mission AND provide reliable funding for programs for people in need.

Join now and you’ll help us reach our goal of 100 PRIDE members!

Why a recurring gift matters:

Recurring donations help a nonprofit like OLSHF plan its budget (program expenses) through a reliable funding stream.
According to the Network for Good, the “average recurring donor gives 42% more per year than the average one-time donor.”
Network for Good noticed that Millennials are 52% more likely to give on a recurring basis rather than a larger one-time donation.

How can you help?
Join PRIDE – call our Development staff to learn more (503-413-7329) or visit our PRIDE page.

If you are already a PRIDE member, get talking and posting on your social media outlets! Share your reason why you joined with your friends and family, as well as with OLSHF.
Show Your PRIDE! The Prestigious Recurring Individual Donor Entourage is waiting to welcome you.

No Such Thing as a Free…Breakfast?

Somebody invites us to a free lunch – or breakfast or dinner – there has to be a catch, right?

Right. We’ll get a sales pitch or an offer that seems too good to be true. And usually that’s the case but, hey, we got a free meal, so at least there’s that.

But what if I invited you to a free Breakfast – and by the way, I am – and not only will you get a free meal but you’ll have an opportunity to change someone’s life for the better?

What if you attended the OLSHF Keep the Promise Breakfast on May 11th at Marylhurst University and heard stories from people that can see and hear the world around them because other people like you cared enough to make a difference?

And what if you also learned of people who won’t receive the gift of seeing their children grow up or of kids that aren’t succeeding in school simply because they don’t have a pair of eyeglasses to help them read the words on a page?

If you knew that you could make a difference in one life – or hundreds of lives! – would you accept my invitation and accept the offer of a free breakfast?

And if you haven’t already saved May 11th on your calendar by now, maybe you will if young Ella Osborn invites you:

“Doug REALLY needs to be more assertive. Please be my guest and help us ‘keep the promise’.
Too many kids have undetected vision issues and, together, we can help them. I’ll see you on May 11th, right?”

To RSVP that you are accepting my – I mean, Ella’s – invitation: OR (503) 413-7399.

See you on May 11th!

Eye Health 101

Quick, can you name the leading cause of blindness among older Americans?

A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration.

A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration.

If you said, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), you are correct. Since the month of February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, it feels timely to emphasize early detection of AMD and all vision health issues by encouraging everyone to have a comprehensive eye exam. But first, let’s take a look at the difference between a vision screening, a refractive exam, and a comprehensive eye exam.

Most of us know that a vision screening can help identify a vision problem for children and adults, right? But it’s important to understand that a screening cannot diagnose exactly what is wrong with our eyes, instead we should visit an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam, and below are guidelines for how often we should have a comprehensive eye exam.

refractive exam or refraction helps determine the sharpness or clarity of our near (reading) and distance vision. This includes testing our vision to determine if our vision can be improved or corrected with regular eyeglasses or contact lenses. A refraction does not identify if we have more serious issues such as AMD, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc. Have you seen the ads on TV that offer two pairs of eyeglasses AND an eye exam for less than $100? Well, the “eye exam” is a refraction only and will not identify any vision health issues that may exist. To truly know the health of our eyes, we need a comprehensive eye exam.

comprehensive eye exam generally includes a health and medical history, a visual history, an eye health evaluation, a refraction, visual field testing, and your examination results. Prevent Blindness, an organization committed to preventing blindness and preserving sight recommends the following guidelines for eye exams: Ages 20-39: Every 3-5 years; Ages 40-64: Every 2-4 years; Age 65+: You should get an eye exam every 1-2 years.

I hope you’ll “celebrate” Macular Degeneration Awareness Month by scheduling an eye exam if you’re due for one!