RB Eye Foundation Is Launched
FORT WORTH – August 3, 2011 – Texas Christian University baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle and his wife Kami have established the RB Eye Foundation to raise community awareness and support for patient care, diagnostic testing and research pertaining to vision-threatening disease in children. Its creation is primarily to generate funding for the Child Vision Center in Fort Worth. Fundraising efforts kick off with the first RB Eye Foundation event on Oct. 15 at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
“The Child Vision Center is in its infancy now, but Kami and I hope that with our support and that of the community, this will become a world-class center for pediatric eye research and diagnostics,” said Schlossnagle, who was named 2010 National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association. “Saturday, Oct. 15 is an off day for the TCU football team, and we’re hoping that people from across North Texas will join us for this fun and important event.”
The evening event will feature country singer and songwriter Charlie Robison. A Texas native, Robison is known for such hits as “Feelin’ Good” and “Down Again.” Table sales and a live auction will support the fundraising efforts.
The Schlossnagles’ interest in pediatric eye care began when their own children were treated by Eric Packwood, MD, of Pediatric Eye Specialists. Founded by Dr. Packwood and partners Alan Norman, MD, and Michael Hunt, MD, the Child Vision Center is a nonprofit research and diagnostic center with the goal of advancing world-class eye care for all children.
“The Schlossnagles have been devoted supporters of the Child Vision Center since the beginning,” said Dr. Packwood. “We greatly appreciate their belief in our mission and their help in spreading our message to many.”
The Child Vision Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, will employ doctorate-level researchers and house an advanced diagnostic laboratory with ocular testing equipment typically found only at a few large academic institutions. It will advance research into the diagnosis and treatment of complex pediatric vision conditions and, in the long-term, will serve as a training ground for physicians from the developing world seeking to improve skills in pediatric eye care.
For information about the RB Eye Foundation and this event contact Executive Director Bill Webb at bwebb@LegacyFEM.com. For more information about the Child Vision Center visit www.childvisioncenter.org.