Lions Club of Park Forest News Item


Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Since 1917 Lions have been linked with a common cause:  helping those less fortunate.  We are tackling the problems like blindness and drug abuse as well as diabetes awareness and finding help and training for the deaf, disabled, underprivileged, and the elderly.  In fact, whatever the community needs to make life better, we’re there to help.

Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters.

Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. View LQ (Lions Quarterly Video Magazine) on the Lions News Network to see how Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere.

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Lions Club members at the Medfest Special Olympics. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Lions Opening Eyes at Medfest Special Olympics

Two members of the Park Forest Lions, Allen & Cheryl Warshaw, recently attended the Medfest Special Olympics Opening Eyes at the United Center. The Warshaws volunteered to do pretesting of eyes of the athletes.

Both agreed it was an amazing experience. After the primary testing, athletes were sent to an Optometrist for a more thorough eye exam. If the athletes needed glasses, they were able to take them home with them.

This project was made possible thanks to a partnership with Lens Crafters and Luxotica. Lens Crafters provided the exams and glasses free of charge.

Anyone in our community who needs an eye exam and glasses and has limited income is asked to go to the Nurse at the Park Forest Health Department and fill out an application. This application will be sent to the Park Forest Lions for review. If you qualify, you will be sent a certificate to go to Lens Crafters in Matteson for your free exam and glasses paid for by the Park Forest Lions Club.

Many Thanks

THANK YOU to Park Forest and Richton Park residents for their generous donations on Candy Days, Oct 10th and 11th. And THANK YOU to the merchants who allowed us to solicit in front of their stores, banks, post office and library. Thanks to all of you, we reached our goal this year. It will enable us to continue to help those in need in our surrounding communities.

If there is anyone interested in joining the good efforts of the Park Forest Lions to help those in need in Park Forest, Richton Park or University Park, please contact Cheryl Warshaw at 219-322-9082 or email [email protected]

The Lions — What We Do

For 90 years, Lions have been recognized throughout the world for their services to the blind and visually impaired. In 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind," she could not have possibly imagined the impact of Lions committment to blindness prevention.

Bringing rays of light to the darkness of countless people around the world, Lions have established the majority of eye banks worldwide, funded ground-breaking research on leading causes of blindness, organized eyeglass recycling efforts and helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired people develop the skills to live productive lives. Lions launched SightFirst in 1990 as an aggressive attack on the rising tide of blindness around the world. Forty-five million people are blind, yet 80% of all blindness is preventable or reversible. For More Information Contact Lion Cheryl Warshaw at 708-476-0064 or visit us at our website at

The Park Forest Lions group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Chicago Dough Co. in Richton Park.  Our small group covers Park Forest, Richton Park and University Park.  For more information please call 708-715-6412 (Jim Hopper) or 708-476-0064 (Cheryl Warshaw).




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