When Phillips Eye
Institute’s award-winning Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative
expanded to serve St. Paul Public Schools in 2014, the number of students it
served doubled within a year.
vendors like Ogi Eyewear were up to the challenge. The Minneapolis-based
company had donated eyeglass frames to the E.Y.E. program since it began
serving Minneapolis Public Schools in 2008. When approached about the expansion
to St. Paul, Ogi Eyewear founder and designer David Spencer had no
“Every year as the need
has grown, our participation has grown along with the program,” said Shelley
Jacobs, director of Business Affairs.
The company has donated
thousands of frames over the years. “We closely work with the program to make
sure they have a good selection of frames, and we do our best to accommodate
the variety of needs – with styles for boys and girls, and also some young
adult frames,” explained Sheri Sherling, director of Merchandising.
“It’s important for us to
provide high-quality frames to our kids and that’s one of the reasons our
partnership with Ogi Eyewear is invaluable,” said Cody Engelhaupt, Community
Programs coordinator for Phillips Eye Institute. “The frames can withstand
activities like playing at recess or horsing around with siblings – and the
kids love the frames they receive. They are always excited to put on their new
Ogi Eyewear frames.”
According to Jacobs, the
Ogi Eyewear team values the relationship it has developed with Phillips Eye
Institute Foundation. “The desire to help others is part of our culture at Ogi
Eyewear. This has been a fruitful relationship in so many ways.”
Ogi Eyewear staff at the 2015 Urban Cocktail Party.