Asheville Eye 2016 Fundraiser

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RunTheForestPACEirongirlsAsheville Eye’s 2016 fundraiser is well underway!  Each year the practice chooses a non profit to support through a series of fundraisers.  AEA staff and physicians volunteer at a variety of events with the end goal of raising money and awareness for a local non profit.  Our 2016 fundraiser will benefit IronGirls.  Have you heard of this organization?  IronGirls is a non-profit program designed to help girls navigate the complex transitions of adolescence by utilizing a physical fitness program to teach life skills in a safe and supportive environment.Through the mental and physical strength needed to complete a crossfit workout, the students learn life skills for health and wellness, and also assertiveness and self-confidence.

AEA established a goal to raise money for IronGirls to be used to help the program expand to include more schools and more youth in Western North Carolina.   Currently the program is available to middle school girls at the following  area schools:  The Asheville Academy for Girls, The Franklin School of Innovation, Asheville Middle School through the In Real Life (IRL) after school program of the Asheville City School Foundation, and Francine Delaney New School.  IronGirls programming is available as an elective course at some schools and at others as an after school progam (such as the IRL program at Asheville Middle School).  One important fact to know is that open enrollment is offered for the IronGirls program (even if the attendee’s school is not participating) and payment is available on a sliding scale.  In its third year (the program was initiated in December 2014 by founder Amber Beane), the IronGirls program was expanded to include adolescent males this past winter.  For more information about IronGirls or to find out about volunteer opportunities (training provided) with the organization contact http://www.irongirls.org  This summer IronGirls will offer two sessions of summer camp which will run July 11-15 and July 25-29.  Camp hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm; contact IronGirls for more informationhttp://www.irongirls.org   Scholarships and transportation are available!

This yea’r fundraiser events have included t-shirt sales, a bake sale, inspirational quote book sales, a yard sale and a staff volunteer team which helped out at the June 4 Asheville Half-Marathon to raise money for IronGirls (see the photo of Misty and Randy below who helped man a water station at the Half Marathon).  On July 13 we invite you to our front lawn at 8 Medical Park Drive for a hamburger cookout lunch.  And our signature event, the 4th Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk will be held Saturday, September 24.  Registration is now open at http://communityfitnessevents.com/run-the-forest-5k/ for the events with early bird pricing discount available until August 31.  Sign up now as an individual or a team.  The 5K is a USTFA-certified course is somewhat hilly but accessible to newbies and experienced runners.  It  starts and ends at Carolina Day School (1345 Hendersonville Road) and routes through Biltmore Forest.  This year’s Run the Forest 5K is also part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix event series!  Runners and walkers can sign up individually or create their own team, so get your team together and sign up your friends and family to help support this awesome program!  The first 300 registrants are guaranteed an event shirt, free water and snacks and a “swag bag” .  Cash prizes for overall top male and female runners, overall top male and female Masters runners and top three male and top three female runners in all age categories; check the reg page for all details.

We’re really thankful to Carolina Day School, our Platinum Sponsor again this year, and to all of our community partners who have supported our fundraiser this year.  Hope to see you July 13 and/or September 24!  For more information please contact Katy Farlow at (828)258-1586, Ext. 2331.

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Asheville Eye on the Arts

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Do you enjoy art or checking out some of the many galleries in Western North Carolina?  We hope you’ll have a chance to enjoy some of the fantastic local artists we’re displaying at our 8 Medical Park Drive office when you’re here for your eye exam – or even if you just want to stop in.  We’ve had the good fortune to partner with some incredible local artists at our “Asheville Eye on the Arts” gallery  since we began the program in 2013.  Installations rotate over time and represent a range of genres and formats.  Past guest artists include Christine Dougherty, Karen Keil Brown, Jonas Gerard, Alison Webb, Mary Farmer, Susan Meyer Sinyai, Josephine Burgwyn Pratt, Nancy Nehls Nelson, Margot Doehring, Richard Scott, Vernice Troutman, Susanna Euston, Joanne Senkus, Bonnie Allen, and Tebbe Davis.

Currently we are displaying “With These Hands” An Appalachian Barn Photography Exhibit by Bonnie Cooper http://www.bonniecooperphotography.com/ and Don McGowan http://www.earthsongphotography.com/  Bonnie and Don ‘s exhibit is comprised of 16 photographs which document the tradition and history of the barns of Madison County.  “I wish to capture their beauty while it is still possible and contribute to preserving their legacy, ” said Bonnie.

If you couldn’t make it to the reception and presentation by Taylor Barnhill and Don McGowan in March, you can see the exhibit at our office through June or read a bit more about it  here:    http://thelaurelofasheville.com/lifestyle/exhibit-spotlights-the-beauty-stories-of-old-barns/

With These Hands 001We also are enjoying the richly complex and intriguing designs of Mark Olivari, the Cosmic Doodler.http://cosmicdoodler.com/  Olivari was born in Kobe, Japan and traveled the world with his parents before his family settled in New Orleans where he later played football at Tulane. He and his wife Susan, an accomplished oil painter,  moved to WNC in 2006.    They live in Saluda with their young daughter.  Mark is the owner of Scrounger’s Paradise (located off Sweeten Creek Road)http://www.scroungersparadise.com/index.php  and Susan runs The Art House in Flat Rock, NC.  In addition to prints the Cosmic Doodler also sells large originals on birch wood tablets.

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We’re also thrilled to display the weavings of Margery Miller.  Originally from New York, Margery spent her career as a professional photographer for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy in New Mexico.  She is inspired by nature; by the positive and negative spaces and patterns created by light and dark.  She has traveled around the globe photographing foreign cultures and architecture.  Margery has been weaving for about 35 years as a way of expressing her creative energy.  She has exhibited in Ogden, Utah and Los Alamos, New Mexico.  While in New Mexico, she was fortunate enough to meet and be inspired by some of the well-known contemporary Hispanic weavers in the Rio Grande Valley from the Mexican border to the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado, rich in textile production.  She has been published in many books and magazines.

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Asheville Eye Associates Presents nearly $15K to LifeShare of the Carolinas

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Asheville Eye Associates recently presented LifeShare of the Carolinas with a check for nearly $15K .   LifeShare http://www.lifesharecarolinas.org/is the federally designated nonprofit organization that provides organs and tissues for transplantation and helps communities and hospitals through educational and support services in 22 counties in southwestern North Carolina, including Buncombe, Henderson and other counties in WNC. Last year the Practice dedicated its 2015 community fundraiser to LifeShare.  The AEA staff sold t-shirts and a practice cookbook filled with recipes from staff, physicians and patients to raise money for the non-profit.    Asheville Eye also planned and directed a 5K event, the 3rd Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk held on September 26, 2015.  Profits from the 5K and other 2015 fundraisers totaled just under $15K  – $14,737.25 -and were donated to the organization.

Debbie Gibbs, Public Relations Manager for LifeShare of the Carolinas, stated LifeShare  plans to use the donated funds to support educational awareness programs in Western North Carolina to raise awareness about the importance of eye, tissue and organ donation.  Pictured in the photo below are (L-R) Gary Burris, LifeShare Chief Operating Officer; David Marlowe, Manager, LifeShare Eye Services; Debbie Gibbs, LifeShare Public Relations Manager; Michael Haley, MD, LifeShare Medical Director; and Edward K. Isbey, III,MD of Asheville Eye Associates.  Dr. Isbey, III is also Medical Director of LifeShare’s Eye Bank in Asheville.

Asheville Eye Associates 55-year history includes a culture of charitable giving.  Traditional sponsorship of countless community events over the years has evolved to spearheading fundraiser and awareness events for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk (2008), and the first two Run the Forest 5Ks benefited non-profits the Low Vision Center in 2013 (which serves Western North Carolina) and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. in 2014 (which provides guide dogs at no charge for sight-impaired individuals and disabled U.S. Veterans throughout the United States).  Combined these three previous AEA  fundraisers raised over $50K total for those non-profits.

We are appreciative of the enthusiastic support of our staff  and especially of our patients and our local neighbors who have participated and partnered with us to raise money and awareness for these vital community services!

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We’ve Gone Green! Solar Installation at AEA

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We’ve gone green!  If you’ve visited our 8 Medical Park Drive office lately you may have noticed a change in our multi-angled roof line.  Crews recently completed the solar installation begun in mid-October at Asheville Eye’s 8 Medical Park Drive facility.  We are very excited to reduce our carbon footprint at our 38,000 square foot office in the Regional Medical Park in Asheville off Sweeten Creek Road.  AEA will obtain approximately 20% of the building’s energy requirements through the incorporation of the new 138.5 kilowatt system, which is comprised of four hundred and eighty six (486) US-made SolarWorld 285 watt modules.  The photovoltaic system will produce an estimated 188.8 megawatt hours of electricity annually and is net metered with Duke Energy.

Asheville Eye Associates is one of the first healthcare providers in Western North Carolina to utilize solar technology, leading the way towards more healthy and sustainable operations for the community.  We’re proud to partner with local Weaverville based SUNDANCE POWER SYSTEMS, Inc. for the design and installation of the system http://www.sundancepower.com/project/asheville-eye-associates/

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Asheville Eye Solar Aerial Photography

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The practice decided to explore solar technologies as a means to to “go green” and reduce fossil fuel consumption at our main facilty.  “Global concerns about climate change, and regional air and water quality are issues which affect all of us who live and work in Western North Carolina.  So it makes sense for us to move towards sustainable energy strategies such as solar power as we renovate our facilities,” stated Edward K. Isbey, III, MD.


Best Doctors in America 2015-16

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Seven Asheville Eye Associates’ physicians have been named among the Best Doctors in America for 2015-16.  Thomas L. Beardsley, MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-beardsley/, W. Zachery Bridges, Jr.,MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-bridges/, Jeffrey B. Goldstein, MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-goldstein/, William L. Haynes, MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-haynes/, Edward K. Isbey, III, MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-isbey/, Cameron M. Stone, MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-stone/ and Robert E. Wiggins, Jr., MDhttp://ashevilleeye.com/doctor-wiggins/ have been named for inclusion in the 2015-2016 database by Best Doctors, Inc. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America list is audited and certified by Gallup results from polling 40,000 doctors in more than 49 medical specialties in the United States.  In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or  a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

The 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America list was published in Business North Carolina’s December issue.  Read more here:  http://www.businessnc.com/special-reports-publications/special-report/north-carolina-s-best-doctors/?back=special

Recognized by their peers for their expertise in ophthalmology, Dr. Beardsley, Dr. Bridges, Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Haynes, Dr. Isbey, III, Dr. Stone and Dr. Wiggins are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  Asheville Eye Associates is a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice which has provided eye care to Asheville and the Western North Carolina region for 55 years.

BD WEB SEAL_VOTED_BEST_DOCTORS2015_CMYKThe practice’s main office is located in the Regional Medical Park in Asheville, with additional offices in South Asheville, Hendersonville, Sylva and Franklin and satellite locations in Clyde, Hayesville and Boone, NC.  The practice will be moving its Sylva location in January 2016 to a newly constructed office located at 1196 Skyland Drive.  To schedule an appointment call 828-258-1586 or visit www.ashevilleeye.com

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