FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                       For more information:

   Prevent Blindness Ohio
Stacie Lehman
Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 105
E-mail: [email protected]


Foundation Awards $745,000 to Ohio

Organizations to Fight Hunger and Help Children


Columbus, OH (December 20, 2012)– Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) today received a $45,000 contribution to assist with the Star Pupils Program. The grant, which was given to Prevent Blindness Ohio through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will work to provide early vision screening to young children so that they can start school “ready to learn” and succeed throughout their school years.


The grant was presented to Prevent Blindness Ohio during a ceremony held today at the Westside Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry. During the ceremony, David Gose, Walmart Regional General Manager for Southern Ohio, discussed Walmart’s ongoing commitment to support programs that help children and families in need. David and Erik Hingst, Senior Manager for Public Affairs and Government Relations, presented the check to Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.


“I am so pleased that Prevent Blindness Ohio was chosen as one of the organizations to receive a contribution from the Walmart State Giving Program to strengthen and expand our Star Pupils Program which helps children get their best start in school and in life with healthy vision,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.


In addition to the presentation in Columbus, similar events were held in Cleveland, Toledo and Sidney where a total of $745,000 was awarded to organizations that fight hunger, help children and promote community and professional development initiatives. Through the State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation awards grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities by supporting state and local organizations that create opportunities for people to live better.


About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at



David Gose and Erik Hingst from Walmart present Walmart Foundation

State Giving Program grant to Sherry Williams of Prevent Blindness Ohio.