Carolina Eye Partners With Mira Foundation
Mira Foundation USA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing guide dogs to children in need, announces Carolina Eye Associates as one of the organization’s founding corporate partners.
Mira USA is the only nonprofit providing guide dogs to visually impaired young children in the United States. The two organizations both share the same concern and commitment to providing young children with the resources — and companions — that enable personal independence and the freedom of mobility.
Carolina Eye is also the headline sponsor of Mira USA’s upcoming “Dining in the Dark” fundraiser event taking place May 14 at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
“Mira USA is an organization close to all our hearts, and we admire the passion with which they’ve tackled the huge job of providing these specially trained guide dogs to young children across our country,” said Dr. Greg Mincey, of Carolina Eye Associates. “We are proud to be a part of Mira USA’s mission for improving the lives of children in need of a guide dog and invite other companies and organizations nationwide to join us in supporting their effort.”
“Dining in the Dark” is one of many community activities held to raise awareness and funds to support the work of Mira USA. The concept began in Germany and has spread to cities where restaurants offer a unique twist on a normal dinner out: guests gather to wine and dine in darkness. With the complete loss of vision — and the resulting heightening of the other four senses — Dining in the Dark will be an extraordinary adventure.
“This is the first time such an event has been presented in North Carolina,” said a spokesman. “Reserved seats are filling quickly for this dinner as the community has embraced both the novelty of the event and the mission of Mira USA.”
“We are grateful to have the support of the distinguished team at Carolina Eye Associates,” said Robert Baillie, Mira USA founder and chairman. “There are over 57,000 visually impaired young children in the United States and ours is a big undertaking to begin to serve this largely overlooked population by providing specially trained service dogs. I’ve experienced how the dog can provide a bridge between the child and the community, diminishing the stigma often associated with disabilities, and with the support of the public and organizations like Carolina Eye, we will give as many children as possible this tremendous gift of independence and companionship.”
MIRA Foundation USA Inc. is dedicated to enriching the lives of the largely overlooked population of young children living with disabilities by providing specially trained service dogs. Mira USA was established in 2008 by Robert Baillie. Having suddenly lost his sight and realizing the life-changing difference his guide dog Devon made for him, Bob set out to improve the experience of individuals living with blindness. These special dogs and services are given to children free of charge. Although Mira USA will provide dogs to all who qualify, its main focus is on children 11 years of age and above. Mira USA believes everyone should have access to the tools and resources that enable personal independence and freedom of mobility, and invites you to be a part of it. Learn more at www.mirausa.org or (910) 944-7757.
Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest eye-care practices in the Southeast, with eight regional eye-care centers in North and South Carolina. Carolina Eye was established in 1977 in Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C., by Dr. Robert Gale Martin and Dr. George Tate Jr. Since then, patients from across the United States and more than 20 foreign countries have come to Carolina Eye for eye care needs. For more information, please visit www.carolinaeye.com.
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