Sight Society unveils new website

The Sight Society of Northeastern New York/Lions Eye Bank Albany has unveiled a new website designed to provide information to the public, medical professionals, and Lions Club members and officials. Read More

Upcoming Events

Golf Tournament

August 4, 2014

Poster Contest

See the contest winners

Give the Gift of Sight This Holiday Season!

Support Blind Children By Purchasing a "Through Their Eyes –
The Gift of Sight" 2015 Calendar

Each month showcases original artwork created by Capital Districtht.

Every calendar sold benefits underprivileged children in need of eye care.

This calendar is about children helping children.


For more information call:

Lions Eye Bank at Albany

(518) 489-7606 

$8.00 Per Calendar / No Tax Due / Shipping Included


Make checks payable to:
Lions Eye Bank at Albany
6 Executive Park Drive
Albany, NY 12203


Reflections of Love

The Sight Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. (Lions Eye Bank at Albany) hosted its eighth Annual Donor Memorial Service to honor those who have given the gift of sight. This memorial service was held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY.

There were over 280 donor family members in attendance for this memorial service at which they were presented the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor. Thanks to the support of several state legislators, Governor George E. Pataki signed legislation in 2002 establishing the New York State Gift of Life Medal of Honor Program to recognize the selfless, life-saving contributions of organ, eye and tissue donors. As part of that legislation, the Governor commissioned a medal to be presented to families of deceased organ, eye and tissue donors and to living organ, bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donors.

The New York State Police Honor Guard helped us pay tribute to our Donor Families by Presenting the Colors. The New York State Police plays a vital role in the giving of the gift of sight by helping to transport corneas to those in need.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bronna Romanoff, spoke to the family members about their grief journey. Vicki Crosier, a donor mom, shared her own personal story about her son Kyle who died several years ago in a tragic accident. She said "Being able to donate her son's organs, giving the gift of life to another, made something positive come from her loss". Other speakers included Chaplain Claudia Meyer, Dr. Robert Eden of Albany Medical Center who is a corneal transplant surgeon. Also, sharing her own story was Alyssa Demagistris, a cornea recipient.

The service concluded with a video presentation displaying pictures of those who gave the gift of sight, which was followed by a reception.

Special thanks to all who helped make this memorial service such a special event:

  • The Desmond Hotel
  • Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher (harpist)
  • New York State Police Honor Guard
  • Howard Fogelson (photographer)
  • The Sight Society of Northeastern NY, Inc.’s Executive Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board and The Donor Memorial Planning Committee.

We recognize and thank the following for their generosity either through donations or by financial support of this memorial service:

  • Albany & Troy Lions Club
  • Alice Hyde Medical Center
  • Amenia Lions Club
  • Bassett Healthcare
  • Bud's Florist, Castelton, NY
  • Clinton Lions Club
  • Fluertacious Designs, North Greenbush. NY
  • Golub Corporation 
  • Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
  • Joyce Maier, Past District Govenor, Lions District 20-O
  • Lions Club of Sauquoit Valley
  • Lumberland Lions Club
  • Mamakating Lioness Club
  • Nagangast Florist, Albany,NY
  • Northville/Sacandaga Lions Club
  • Saugerties Lions Club


The Gift of Sight

Click here to download a pdf copy of our 4-page brochure that answers important questions about cornea transplants.


Be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Click here to download a New York State Donate Life Registry Form.

“Reflections” Remembrance Quilt adds new panel

Each quilt patch is a symbol of love and dedicated to the memory of those who have given the “Gift of Sight” through corneal donation.

Click here to view

Helen Keller Day

In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that henceforth June 1 would be remembered as “Helen Keller Day.” Lions around the world implemented sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day.

Lions World Sight Day

Lions World Sight Day, which was created to recognize and reinforce the importance of eradicating preventable blindness, is held annually on the second Thursday of October. Lions clubs around the world participate by sponsoring local activities and programs, either on Lions World Sight Day or some time during October, to educate their communities about the need to conquer preventable blindness and preserve sight.

Help increase awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. Purchase your Donate Life Pass It On plate.

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