December 1, 2021

Eye Give 2021 Photo

NEW YORK, NY—SUNY College of Optometry wrapped up “Giving Tuesday” on November 30, 2021, with up to $20,000 in donations for student scholarships, patient service, and research, a sum that boosts total contributions to nearly $100,000 in generous gifts received over the past two weeks. 

           The College’s #EyeGive campaign is part of an annual fundraiser running through December 31 supported by the Optometric Center of New York, the College’s philanthropic foundation. 

           “It was heartening to see the entire community come together in so many ways throughout the day,” said SUNY Optometry President Dr. David A. Heath in a brief video address. “Let’s keep this spirit of generosity and gratitude throughout this final stretch of 2021.”

           This year’s Giving Tuesday festivities featured a significant boost in engagement throughout campus and cyberspace compared to previous years, with more than 2600 impressions on social channels that showcased shared photos and videos of students, faculty, and staff expressions of thanks. The celebratory event also included a campus-wide “Take a Break” session that brought together over 100 staff and faculty for snacks, conversation, and gestures of gratitude that yielded nearly 200 handwritten appreciation grams for colleagues and thank you notes to donors for their commitment to our cause.  

           Special thanks to Associate Director of the Annual Fund Nicole Totans, the Recognition Committee, and the entire SUNY Optometry community for your participation, camaraderie, and overwhelming support.  

If you would like to make a donation to advance scholarship, patient care and research at the College, visit sunyopt.edu/giving.

Dr. David A. Heath in a brief video address

December 1, 2021

Organization contact: Adrienne Stoller, communications@sunyopt.edu, 212-938-5600


About SUNY College of Optometry

Founded in 1971 and located in New York City, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a leader in education, research, and patient care, offering the Doctor of Optometry degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites.

SUNY Optometry is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; its four-year professional degree program and residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. All classrooms, research facilities and the University Eye Center, which is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation, are located on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown Manhattan. For more information, visit www.sunyopt.edu or follow us on twitter @sunyopt.