Our doctors love being active and involved in the community!
It’s been a busy event season already this fall, with Eye Center, Inc. doctors out and about supporting their favorite charities and organizations. Read on to learn more about the organizations and special fundraising events which we proudly support.
Pictured above are Drs. Brad Laudicina, Madison Easterling, Michael Mackie, Sarah Saputo Mackie, and Doug Black at the annual Manatee County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Banquet on November 2, 2017. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
Dr. Michael Mackie chaired this amazing event again this year, which is well-known in the area for having a fabulous food menu as well as awesome raffle prizes and auction items. Thanks to everyone who came and supported DU!
Dr. Doug Black and his wife Helena Black attended the Rockin’ Lobster beach party, benefitting the Children First on November 4, 2017.
At Rockin’ Lobster, guests watched the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on delicious Maine Lobster under a large tent on the beach. The Rockin’ fun began with live music by Version 3.0, delicious food, a silent auction, and exciting beach activities and ended with a lantern release, where guests made a wish for a child and family in our program and release a lantern in their honor.
Children First offers a Head Start and Early Head Start programs in sarasota county and serves over 550 of Sarasota County’s lowest income children.
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM
Dr. Michael Mackie is also a past member of the Board of Trustees for the South Florida Museum and continues to support this incredible community asset in various ways. He and his wife, fellow Eye Center, Inc. optometrist Dr. Sarah Mackie joined hundreds of Museum supporters at the 25th annual black tie event on Saturday, November 4, which featured the sounds of Serenade of Souls, dinner by Michael’s On East and a high-end silent auction and raffle.
The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. The SFM complex also includes Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Aquarium which is home to a world-renowned manatee rehabilitation program.