Volunteers Celebrate 80th Anniversary

Posted on Dec 8 by Jean

New Eyes’ volunteers — present and past — celebrated 80 years of improving the vision of people in need on December 7 at an anniversary breakfast at the Short Hills Club.

Five past presidents of New Eyes celebrated alongside friends and fellow volunteers at the 80th Anniversary breakfast. Pictured are (top, l. to r.) Pat McGinley, president 1990-92; Cathy Herbst, president 1995-97; Ann Humphrey, president 1975-77. Bottom (l. to r.) Joan Daeschler, president 1983-84 and 1993-95; Leigh Gifford, president 1956-57

Guests of honor included past presidents of the organization: Leigh Gifford, 1956-57; Ann Humphrey, 1975-77; Joan Daeschler, 1983-84 and 1993-95; Patricia McGinley, 1990-92; and Cathy Herbst, 1995-97. Ann and Joan continue to serve New Eyes as assistant treasurer and overseas shipment coordinator, respectively.

Dottie Marshall of Short Hills and Mary Ann Visocchi of Summit were honored for their 10 years of service by Marianne Busby, vice president of New Eyes’ Board of Trustees.

Board Vice President Marianne Busby presents eyeglass pins to Dottie Marshall (c.) and Mary Ann Visocchi for 10 years of service to New Eyes.


New Eyes is fortunate to have 250 adult and student volunteers on its team. Volunteers provide administrative support; acknowledge donations; handle publicity mailings; sort and test eyeglasses; and manage the Fabulous Finds Jewelry & Giftware Boutique.

For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Jean Gajano, 973-376-4908 or jgajano@neweyesfortheneedy.org.


Marianne Busby (l.) and Kathy Ketley

(l. to r.) Allen Swartz, John Maffei, Tom O'Connor

Effie Vlahakes

Eugenia Elliott (l.) and Barbara Wheeler

June Carver (l.) and Anne Hansen

(l. to r.) Elmer Thomas; Leonard Werner, O.D.; Arthur Abig; Tom Swartz; Jake Dalton