Eversight is the sole nonprofit eye bank serving Illinois and proudly partners with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, Lions Clubs, surgeons, businesses and philanthropists throughout the state to advance our mission.
Our mission began in 1947 with the establishment of the fourth eye bank in the United States, then known as the Illinois Eye-Bank. In 1985, it merged with the Michigan Eye-Bank to form the Midwest Eye Banks. From then on, other regional eye banks like the BroMenn-Watson Gailey Eye-Bank, Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey, Cleveland Eye Bank and the Connecticut Eye Bank, formed one of the largest networks of eye banks in the U.S. In 2015, that network became known as Eversight – all starting in Illinois.
In 2022, we had the honor of working with the families of 2,134 Illinois residents who gave the gift of sight for transplantation, research and education as cornea donors. 1,269 Illinoisans received sight-restoring transplants as a result of these selfless acts.
Our Illinois Advisory Board
Our Illinois team is thrilled to work with our Advisory Board members who volunteer their time and expertise to help us to advance our mission through public education and philanthropic giving:
- Joy Beach
- Lion Pam Graney
- Alan Kravets
- Dan Lietz
- Mark Stastny
The Gift of Sight Masquerade
This elegant event, taking place at the spectacular Peninsula Chicago, raises funds that go directly toward helping the thousands of individuals in need of sight-restoring cornea transplants. With a new theme each year, join Eversight for a night to remember with cocktails, dining and celebration.
Night for Sight
This magical evening, taking place at the beautiful Epiphany Farms Estate, supports central Illinois patients awaiting the Gift of Sight. All ticket proceeds benefit Eversight's Dr. John E. Randolph Memorial Fund, established in 2007 to provide financial assistance to Bloomington-Normal area patients unable to afford sight-restoring transplants.
Tree of Vision
The Tree of Vision is a bronze installation standing in the Eversight office as a lasting legacy for the people who make our mission possible. Its leaves are a symbol of the interconnectedness between donors and recipients. Our mission is the roots, nurtured by the healing power of donation to restore sight and prevent blindness. Through the Tree of Vision, we celebrate the transformative impact of the gift of sight.
You can purchase a bronze, silver or gold leaf engraved with the name of your loved one. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Illinois Auxiliary Board
Auxiliary board members are Chicago-area professionals ages 23-40 who help raise funds to benefit corneal transplantation and research through Eversight. Members organize and host an annual auxiliary fundraiser and ongoing initiatives, such as “sweatworking” and after-hours events, that do good and raise charitable support for Eversight. We currently have openings on the Auxiliary Board.
Join us today!
Support our mission by getting involved. Join the registry, make a financial contribution, shop our store or volunteer your time with Eversight. Reach out to our Philanthropy team with any questions or to learn more about our work at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can make a contribution by giving online or mailing a check to our secure lockbox at the address below. Please make checks payable to Eversight.
P.O. Box 778801
Chicago, IL 60677-8801