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August 25, 2014

Northern Plains Eye Foundation (NPEF) has moved to 402 Saint Joseph Street, Suite 1, on the corner of 4th and Saint Joseph Street, in downtown Rapid City. NPEF is proud to be the first tenant to move into The Garage - Rapid City, an innovative, contemporary work environment for small businesses, nonprofits and freelance creatives, developed by partners Peter Anderson of MAC Construction and Matt Ehlman, Kerry Brock and Ted Stephens III of The Numad Group.

"Our move to The Garage - Rapid City brings not only more visibility to our Foundation, due to our location in the heart of downtown Rapid City, but also affords us the opportunity to work alongside very creative and innovative individuals and organizations, who along with NPEF, strive to play a role in contributing to the overall well-being of our community," noted Ronda Gusinsky, NPEF Executive Director. NPEF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Rapid City, South Dakota, works on behalf of eye care professionals and the eye care industry providing community service outreach programs to preserve vision, restore sight, and develop research to support and promote eye health.

NPEF's contributions consist of numerous outreach programs. The Northern Plains Eye Foundation Western South Dakota Lions Children's Vision Screening Initiative (CVSI), a key area of community involvement, provides free vision screenings for pre-school and elementary school age children by means of partnerships with area eye care professionals and local Lions Clubs. Through CVSI, over 5,000 children in our region have received free vision screenings. In addition to CVSI, Foundation outreach includes Christmas Gift of Sight and Workplace Vision Wellness programs, as well as the Dr. Paul L. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship. Since 2008, Christmas Gift of Sight has provided over two dozen sight-saving surgeries, helping those underserved in our community regain their vision, and most importantly, independence, mobility and quality of life. Workplace Vision Wellness offers a seminar on workplace eye safety for the construction and trades industries covering topics such as workplace eye hazards, types of eye protection and what to do in the case of an eye injury. Through the Dr. Paul L. Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, NPEF awards scholarships to fourth year students with an expressed interest in ophthalmology or optometry, who have been accepted into The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, in order to make certain there is quality eye care for future generations.

For more information about NPEF, phone (605) 716-6733, or e-mail vision@npef.org.

Last Modified: 08/31/2015 3:24:53 pm MDT


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