Feature Writer John Christie – Cleveland Sight Center Event a Great Success

The Cleveland Sight Center, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Monsters, raised awareness about vision loss and services for people who are blind or visually impaired in February. The agency and its programs were highlighted during and before the hockey game. The event was held at the Quicken Loans Arena. There were 130 people who were in some way connected with Cleveland Sight Center at the game. This is the first year that the Cleveland Sight Center has put on this event.

Koula Callas who is in charge of the Managing, Marketing and Public Relations activities at the Cleveland Sight Center said that the event started when the Lake Erie Monsters contacted them. “They have several games at which they will feature a nonprofit organization so that they can help to educate the community about services in the community,” she said.

There was also part of the event that has to do with a hockey puck. It’s called Chuck-a-Puck. “This is a chance to win a pot of money based on how many people are participating,” Callas said. “You pay a dollar for a rubber hockey puck and you toss it over the protective Plexiglas that separates the rink from the spectators and you try to toss it in to a bucket. If you make it in to the bucket you get to split the pot with the house,” she said. From this hockey puck event, the center made $800.

The Center would like to have this event again next year. “We would just need to find out if there going to be offering the same kind of programming for nonprofits next year which we anticipate they will,” she said. She also said that the event was a great experience overall for everyone.

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