Santee, SC – After a 2-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lions Vision Services has assumed management of the Santee Blind Fishing Event and is celebrating the 30th year of the event April 22-23, 2022.
For 30 years blind and visually impaired Lowcountry residents have looked with eager anticipation to the special experience of the Santee Blind Fishing Event. This memorable weekend is an all-inclusive over-night trip to Lake Marion including hotel accommodations, transportation, 3 meals, fishing supplies, and lake access by shore or boat for registered attendees who are blind or visually impaired and their caregivers.
The Santee Lions Club created the event in the early 1990s as a service project to support blind and visually impaired people living in the Lowcountry. When the Santee Lions Club folded due to declining membership in 2018, the Summerville Evening Lions Club stepped in to run the event for a year before handing the event off to Lions Vision Services, which is the nonprofit organization created by the state association of Lions Clubs in 1969.
For blind and visually impaired participants the Santee Blind Fishing Event is more than a weekend on the lake, it is an exciting change to a sometimes mundane routine and a chance to meet new people or reconnect with friends.
“This event is the result of our shared commitment to improving vision health for all South Carolinians and to creating a healthier world where the blind and visually impaired know no limits,” said Lions Vision Services President & CEO, Daniel Prohaska. “We are thrilled to be managing this event and are excited to bring our community of clients, volunteers, and vendors together again for a safe and fun weekend commemorating the event’s 30th anniversary.”
The 30th anniversary of the Santee Blind Fishing Event will take place on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd. Client applications and event sponsorships are available and can be viewed on the event’s webpage. Individuals interested in volunteering with the event can contact Lions Vision Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Safety precautions are in place to accommodate public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed in the Client Application Form.
Lions Vision Services (LVS) was created by the Lions Clubs of South Carolina in 1969 and exists today to empower the under-served blind and visually impaired in South Carolina to live safe, meaningful, and fulfilling lives. LVS offers a range of programs and services to low-income South Carolina residents who apply for need-based financial assistance with obtaining affordable eye surgeries, vision technology, vision screenings, and hearing aids. To learn more about LVS’s services, visit www.lionsvisionservices.org.