Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, has been chosen as this year’s Lighthouse Award recipient for the 12th annual “Looking Out for Kids” (LOFK) charity fundraiser. Salus University’s LOFK initiative helps raise money to offset the costs of The Eye Institute’s (TEI) school vision programs.

Frisby-Greenwood was selected in recognition of her extraordinary work with children in Philadelphia. In her position, she is responsible for facilitating partnerships with the Right Books program, which puts a library in every kindergarten to third grade classroom; Symphony for Broken Strings, fixing broken instruments donated to schools; and placing AED’s (automated external defibrillators) in Philadelphia schools.

“I am excited to earn this award that is designed for people like myself who advocate for young people,” she said. “I have spent half of my life advocating [for the youth] and it’s great to be recognized for the work I am doing.”

Established in 2016, the “Looking Out for Kids” Lighthouse Award was created to honor those who are beacons of light and sources of strength in the community in which they live, work, and serve, above and beyond their occupations. Award recipients are selected for their exemplary service that substantially benefits the health and well-being of disadvantaged and underserved youth in the greater Philadelphia area.

Frisby-Greenwood will be presented with her award at the 12th annual LOFK charity fundraiser which will be held Saturday, November 3 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue Hotel. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit TEI’s continued effort to provide comprehensive vision care services and eye glasses to underserved and uninsured children in the community.

During the 2017-2018 academic year alone, TEI’s vision care team provided vision screenings to more than 4,300 children, conducted more than 750 eye exams and dispensed more than 900 pairs of eye glasses to children in need. Since its inception in 2007, the LOFK charity benefit has brightened the lives and enhanced the educational performance of thousands of children locally.