Visually Impaired Children to Take Part in Elks Eye Clinic Easter Egg Hunt

03/03/00    Portland, Ore.

The ninth annual Elks Children's Eye Clinic Easter egg hunt for kids with and without sight is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 9. The event will be held at the Casey Eye Institute on the campus of Oregon Health Sciences University from 1 to 4 p.m. For the second year in a row, the Oregon School for the Blind in Salem has donated eggs that make a chirping sound for children who are visually impaired. Current and past patients of Casey and their siblings ages 3 -8 are invited to take part in the free event.

In addition to the Easter egg hunt, there will be several other attractions for the whole family, including Easter bunnies, clowns, a magician, face painting and games. Casey the Elk, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic mascot, will be on hand. Also, families can take part in a hands-on farm animal exhibit from Old McDonald's Farm Inc., a children's charity.

For more than 50 years, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic has helped an estimated 100,000 patients with vision problems. Since 1984, the Elks have donated $7 million to the clinic. These funds pay for personnel, the latest equipment and technology, medical supplies, as well as corrective glasses and contact lenses for those who could not otherwise afford them. The Oregon Elks are committed to help stop blindness in all children.

The Oregon State Elks Association, the Casey Eye Institute, the Portland Active 20-30 Club and Old McDonald's Farm Inc. make this annual event possible. The Albert M. Niemi Child Recreational Endowment, a recreational activity fund for visually impaired children, provides all the funding for this very popular and fun event.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. attendance to the event, please contact Margo D. Mossburg, Elks Liaison at the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, at 503-494-3557. To learn more about the Oregon Elks and their involvement with OHSU, the Web site is: