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Celebrating 30 Years
In 1986 Vizavance, then Prevent Blindness Oklahoma approached the Oklahoma Masons seeking a small amount of funding to expand its Vision Screening Program. Vizavance had already been conducting vision screenings for over 20 years in the Oklahoma City area. It had always been Vizavance’s goal to provide services to children throughout the state, but that would take money and volunteers.
As conversations continued, a natural partnership developed. Partners in Prevention consists of Vizavance, the Grand Lodge, and The Masonic Charity Foundation. Vizavance would provide the screening expertise; Grand Lodge would provide volunteers in communities throughout the state; and The Masonic Charity Foundation would provide the funding.
Today, 30 years later, the Masons are still working with Vizavance to provide vision screenings for children throughout the state. The Partners in Prevention is the oldest partnership of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and over the years the vision of thousands of Oklahoma children has been saved.
Currently 191 Lodges assist with screenings in their communities. The Oklahoma Masonic Charity Foundation has contributed over 3 million dollars to fund the Partners in Prevention Program since its inception. Local lodges have also helped raise money to purchase a Spot camera for their local screener’s use.
To learn more please contact your local Masonic Lodge or go to www.mcfok.org