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Lillian Pravda to Receive Young Leadership Award
Posted on March 17, 2016
Areyvut is pleased to announce that Lilian Pravda, CEO (Chief Eyesight Optimist), Vision for and from Children will be receiving the Young Leadership Award at our Annual Breakfast on Sunday, May 15. We are excited to be honor and recognize Lillian for her achievements. To make a donation in honor of Lillian, reservation to attend and be inspired or for more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1TjAArk,call 201-244-6702 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born with a cataract, Lillian Pravda underwent two eye surgeries before she was five years old. She vividly recalls how nervous she was waiting in the hospital prior to surgery. Wanting to help future patients, Lillian began volunteering in a pediatric surgical unit and learned that 19 million children worldwide are visually impaired, many of them unable to access the care they need. Lillian, then just eight years old, decided to take action and created Vision for and from Children(www.visionforandfromchildren.org), a U.S. based global 501(c)(3) philanthropic foundation dedicated to providing eye surgeries and vision-related services for children in need across the globe. By garnering pro bono support from world-renowned physicians and inspiring and recruiting teen “diplomats”throughout North America to generate funds and awareness, Vision for and from Children sponsors teams of ophthalmologists to deliver ocular care in the United States and developing regions, including bringing children to the United States for sight-saving and sight-restorative surgeries. Vision for and from Children has partnered with individuals, Fortune 500 corporations and local, national and international businesses to fulfill its mission in the United States and abroad. Through Lillian’s leadership as CEO (Chief Eyesight Optimist), Vision for and from Children has helped over 26,210 children receive the gift of sight. She recently launched a nationwide 50 state mobile clinic program to deliver care in under served communities and by engaging young people for the days of service. Lillian is a 2014 national Jefferson Award recipient and has been profiled by ABC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, Fast Company, Crain’s 20 Under 20 and in The Wall Street Journal. Through her speaking engagements at schools and conferences worldwide as well as at the United Nations and as an invited TEDx speaker, Lillian has impacted over 1 million lives with her message of public service and humanitarianism.