Upcoming Events


Contact Stacy Forbis, VRCO Event Coordinator, at stacy.forbis@vrco.org or 417.496.3446 for sponsorship opportunities, questions and further details.



Sight Saving Scramble Golf Tournament

Monday, October 19, 2015

1:00 pm shotgun start

Millwood Golf & Racquet Club

$100 player, $400 per team

*sponsorships available



Dining in the Dark

Saturday, April 9, 2016

6:00 pm

University Plaza Hotel

*sponsorships available



Community Open House Thursday, August 27

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Join us on Thursday, August 27, 2015  between 4:30 and 6:30 pm to learn more.  We will be highlighting our children’s vision services to include our low vision specialists, our agency partners, and Springfield’s new pediatric ophthalmologist! We look forward to seeing you there.

Please RSVP to 417.831.0555.

VRCO Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet

Join Us For Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet

Join us Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the 425 Downtown Banquet Center for our third annual Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet. Our featured guest speaker will be Douglas Anderson, founder of Optos, plc This event is presented by Optos plc.


Douglas has a 40 year business career yielding experience in almost every aspect, and at every level, of the healthcare technology product design and product commercialization processes. In 1990, his then five- year-old son, Leif, went blind in one eye when a retinal detachment was detected too late. Routine exams were uncomfortable, especially for a child, which made it impossible for the doctor to conduct a complete exam and view the entire retina. Douglas was concerned by the limited capability of diagnostic tools available to clinicians. Over the coming years he built a dedicated research team to look into the problem which in turn led to the formation of Optos plc. Optos developed the world’s first ophthalmic device capable of producing a single, high-resolution, ultra-widefield image of the retina. The new method of examining the retina, optomap®, is now offered by over 7000 eyecare professionals who have conducted over 46 million optomap retinal exams, worldwide.

Optos is dedicated to providing the only clinically validated retinal imaging technologies which enable eyecare professionals to see more, diagnose more, and treat more diseases earlier thus saving sight and saving lives. Our vision is to become the Retina Company.

For questions about this event, contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or stacy.forbis@vrco.org

Tickets are $40 each. Tables of 8 are available for $320. Register to attend a purchase tickets now!

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Dining in the Dark

Join Us For Dining In the Dark

Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists presents Dining In the Dark, Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at University Plaza Hotel

VRCO is excited to bring a new dining experience to the Springfield community. The goal of this unique evening, Dining in the Dark, is to raise awareness of the visually impaired. This evening event is a unique sensory awareness experience that gives an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of those with vision impairment. The event includes a cocktail hour, a masked dinner and an afterglow program with a live auction.

For sponsorship opportunities, please download our Sponsor Guide.

Purchase a table or individual tickets today!

For more information or for special dietary needs and/or food allergies, please contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or email stacy.forbis@vrco.org!

A big thank you to our presenting sponsor Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists.

Thank you to our visionary sponsors Judy Beisner, Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center and Missouri Eye Institute.


Mattax Neu Prater Color

Missouri Eye Institute


Masks underwritten by Tauber Ophthalmic Research of America and Debbie and Dr. Shachar Tauber.

Thank  you to our Candlelight Sponsors Great Southern Bank, Dr. Phil and Jennifer Rothschild, Sunshine Eye Clinic, Vision Clinic and Dr. Debbie Williams.


Sight Saving Scramble Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our 13th Sight Saving Scramble sponsors. Your generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated!


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Ollis and Co.

Tauber Ophthalmic Research of America





Elite promotion


  Medical consulting group


   Ozarks optical





Drs. Susan and Tom Essman

Gig Salad

Jackson & Jackson PC, CPAs

Vision Clinic

Bill Turner

Empire Bank

Lebanon Host Lions Club

Great Southern Bank

Hosmer King & Royce, LLC

Delta Gamma logo

Delta Gamma Fundraiser

On 10/22/2013 The Springfield, MO Alumnae Association Delta Gamma hosted a Bunco fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks Children’s Vision Services. Delta Gamma raised over $2000.00! Thank you to all who participated and a special thank you to Delta Gamma!!!

Vision Screening Training

On 10/30/2013 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Aundrayah Shermer and Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blind Skills Specialist for Missouri State University, will be presenting on  Techniques for Conducting Vision Screening with Student who have Disabilities. The training will be held at Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks, 1661 W. Elfindale ST, Springfield. This informational workshop will focus on the unique needs of students with visual impairments and additional disabilities. Participants will gain knowledge regarding common visual impairments in children and the impact of vision loss on learning.  In addition, a discussion of the unique needs of students with low vision and cortical visual impairment will be described. Some students with additional disabilities do not benefit from traditional vision screening techniques. Strategies to conduct vision screening in both distance and near will be described and practiced during this presentation. This training was made possible by a Sight First Grant from Lions Club International.

Jennifer Rothschild

Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet

The VRCO’s 2nd Annual Magnifying Quality of Life Banquet was a huge success! More than 180 people were in attendance to celebrate the people whose lives  have been touched by the services at VRCO. Jennifer Rothschild, local author and inspirational speaker, shared her own story about how the “heroes” in her life helped her along the way. One of her heroes was VRCO’s own board member, Randy Custer. He was able to connect her with services so that she could learn to use “talk to text” technology to be able to write her books! VRCO wants to continue to be the “hero” for future “Jennifers!”

Golf Tournament Participants

Sight Saving Scramble Golf Fundraiser

VRCO and the Queens City Lions Club hosted their 12th Annual Sight Saving Scramble at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club on 10/25/2013. Proceeds from the Sight Saving Scramble benefited the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks to purchase low vision devices such as magnifiers, telescopes, canes, readers, etc. for people without financial resources to purchase these independent living aids.  Congratulations to our winners:

First Place Team: James Huff, Jason Cruse, Levi Patterson, and Steven Guai, sponsored by Great Southern Bank

Longest Putt Made: Kim Pilkington 18’4”

Longest Drive: Scott Leven

Closest to Pin: Scott Leven  13’

Winning team

2013 Winning team