Ensuring the continuing gift of good eyesight has always been a foundational activity for the WHLC. In promoting sight the Club holds an annual Sight Fair in Whittier. The Sight Fair is hosted by the WHLC and is in conjunction with other local Lions club organizations and several local nonprofit partners. During this event attendees are provided FREE vision screening and FREE eyeglasses that have been collected, cleaned, recalibrated and recycled to new users for further use. During our August 2019 event the Sight Fair seen 265 patients and distributed 207 recycled eyeglasses. In addition, due to the absence of matching recycled eyeglasses at hand, 31 patients were provided with new custom made eyeglasses. Noteworthy is that during this Sight Fair 70 patients received eyeglasses for the first time.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Sight Fair has been rescheduled for 2021.
Sight For Kids
SFK is the Club’s biggest annual fundraiser with no Club overhead costs and 100% of net proceeds going back into our local Whittier Community. With an attendance of over 400 people our 23rd annual SFK gala in March 2019 was the hit of the Spring. Located in the Whittier Community Center this annual wine and food tasting event features an outstanding sampling of food donated by local restaurants and wine donated from the best California wineries. The event also features an energetic live auction of some wonderful travel packages and over 100 silent auction items. Open to the general public and affordably priced at $50.00 per attendee this event is not to be missed.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Sight for Kids event has been rescheduled for 2021.
The Club has always been a promoter of higher education. One of the ways the Club promotes continuing education is by providing scholarships to graduating Whittier high school students. In this regard, the Club has annually awarded students from the six Whittier high schools (La Serna HS; Whittier HS; Pioneer HS; Cal HS; Santa Fe HS and Saint Paul HS) achievement based scholarships. The latest scholarships totaling $44,000 were awarded in a July 2019 Club banquet to 13 very worthy local students. Scholarships awarded in 2019 were up from the 12 scholarships totaling $40,000 the Club awarded in 2018. We are positive the fine young students receiving scholarships will sometime down the line pay it forward and help make our beloved Whittier community an even better place to live, work and visit.
Whittier Spooktacular 5K Walk & Run
We partner with the Whittier Community Foundation to help raise money for local projects like the Police Memorial, Fire Station Tribute, Dog Park, Greenway Trail Fitness equipment to name a few.
The 2020 Spooktacular 5K has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2020. This could change and we will update you here.