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CEBF’s Inaugural Golf Tournament, “Keep Your Eye On the Ball”


On Monday, June 21, 2021, join Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation in raising funds for local vision research to prevent, treat, and cure blinding eye diseases with a game of golf. You won’t want to miss this event including a continental breakfast, box lunch, beverages, prizes, and side games.

Foursomes are limited–reserve your place today.



CEBF Research Partners Published in Ophthalmology Times

Research presented at CEBF’s Virtual Vision Research Symposium in October was published to Ophthalmology Times’ January publication. Give it a read to learn more of the featured work of Dr. Justis Ehlers (Cleveland Clinic), Dr. Richard Hertle (Akron Children’s Hospital), Dr. Paul Park (University Hospitals), Dr. K.P. Connie Tam (Cleveland Clinic), and Dr. Patricia Taylor (University Hospitals).

Virtual Vision Research Symposium

Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation’s first signature Vision Research Symposium happened on October 27th. 

This free event brought together top physicians and researchers including:

These leading physicians and others presented their most current vision research happening at Northeast Ohio’s top medical institutions, funded by CEBF.


OVER THE EDGE Postponed to September 3, 2021

Lifebanc’s signature Over the Edge event has been postponed until September 2021. We are eager to see CEBF Board Member Colleen Flynn Goss rappel a Cleveland skyscraper in the name of eye, organ, and tissue donation, and we’ll be ready to do so when the City of Cleveland deems it safe.

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.

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