News & Events

Interested in what the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation is up to? See below for the latest updates and happenings.

Check Presentation at Cleveland Clinic

In the words of our Executive Director Debbie May-Johnson, “raising the money is great, but the most exciting part is giving it away.” We were able to do just that at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute on February 12, 2020 for the first of three installments of the $300,000 grant being gifted over the next three years. CEBF Board President and Cole Eye Institute ophthalmologist Dr. Allen Roth believes these funds will significantly further the Institute’s research goals in treating and curing blinding eye diseases.

Featured in photos: CEBF Board President Dr. Allen Roth, Cole Eye Institute Chairman Dr. Daniel Martin, CEBF Executive Director Debbie May-Johnson, Cole Eye Institute Research Chair Dr. Bela Anand-Apte

Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Check Presentation at University Hospitals

Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation thoroughly enjoyed presenting a check to University Hospitals Eye Institute on February 5, 2020 for the first of three installments of the $300,000 grant being gifted over the next three years. This grant will allow UH to carry out current and future research to advance eye disease treatments and cures right here in Cleveland.

Featured in photos: CEBF Board Member Dr. Jonathan Lass, CEBF Executive Director Debbie May-Johnson, Vice Chair for Research at CWRU Dept. of Ophthalmology Dr. Irina Pikuleva, UH Eye Institute Chair Dr. Douglas Rhee


On December 9, Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation participated in “A Most Unusual Fundraising Event.” Sponsored by Executive Caterers and hosted by Landhaven, the 19th annual Philanthropia’s food, entertainment including The Singing Angels, and auctions made for a delightful afternoon.  All proceeds from attendees on behalf of the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation went directly to CEBF.

Crain’s Cleveland Business Feature

In October, Crain’s Cleveland Business featured the news of CEBF’s recently announced partnership with Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and University Hospitals Eye Institute. This partnership will allow for continued breakthrough research on the road to advanced eye disease treatments and cures, and a future world without blindness.

Read the full article here.

Over the Edge

Lifebanc’s Over the Edge is a signature event in Downtown Cleveland to raise important funds and awareness for eye, organ, and tissue donation.

In May 2019, Colleen Flynn Goss, cornea recipient and CEBF Board Member, rappelled down 25 stories to foster support for eye donation.

The Transplant Games of America

The City of Cleveland was the site for Olympic-style athletic events in 2016 for cornea, organ, tissue and bone marrow recipients to inspire the world that transplantation is successful and changes lives. Hosted by the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation, Lifebanc and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, living donors and donor families were honored for their gift.

“As a teenager, I was blinded in one eye from a rare disease. After receiving a cornea transplant, my future is bright as a wife, mother, nurse and softball coach and a participant in the U.S. Transplant Games. I am grateful the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation supports high-profile national efforts that highlight the critical importance of eye, organ and tissue donation.”

– Deanna Hartman