Dining in the Dark 2016

Dining in the Dark 2016 was a great success raising over $46,000!  Thank you again to our event sponsors and guests for supporting VRCO and those living with significant vision loss regardless of their ability to pay.

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dark1-jpgJoin us for a unique evening fundraiser on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at University Plaza Hotel.

For sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales and general questions, contact Stacy Forbis, Event Coordinator, at 417-496-3446 or email stacy.forbis@vrco.org.


Stay tuned for details.  Wine/Spirits Blind Pull provided by :  Macadoodles

Event proceeds help VRCO continue to magnify the quality of life for those living with significant vision loss.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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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.

14th Annual Memorial Sight Saving Scramble Golf Tournament

VRCO raises nearly $12,000 at the 14th Annual Memorial Sight Saving Scramble Golf Tournament


Thank you again to all the sponsors and players that came out last week to help support our charity golf tournament!  Proceeds help VRCO continue to magnify the quality of life for people with vision impairment regardless of ability to pay.

We look forward to seeing you again in October 2016!


A Big Thank You to our 2015 Event Sponsors! 


LOGO_VisionCare Mattax Neu Prater Color

Tauber Ophthalmic Research of America


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Warner  sunshine eye clinic   WhitlockLogo_Clr ricks new logo 3d      Lebanon Lions Club,    Jackson & Jackson PC, CPAs, PriceCutter_Logo_new_notag

Olde Ivy Development,  Michael Koechner/Morgan Stanley   


In Kind:

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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



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





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  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

Save the Date

To participate in the golf tournament, please register at http://www.vrco.org/golf/ and pay the $100.00 registration fee by October 20, 2014. After submitting your information, you will be redirected to the PayPal website where you may pay online via credit card.

To sponsor the event, download the “Sponsorship Guide.” Sponsorship Guide or contact Stacy Forbis at 417-496-3446 or stacy.forbis@vrco.org or Wendy Jackson at 417-831-0555 or wjackson@vrco.org

Download the “Event Flyer” to share with friends and co-workers. Event Flyer

Upcoming Events:

Dinner in the Dark, February 2015

Magnifying Quality of Life Celebration Banquet, May 2015