Pearle Vision Stores Offer Free Eyewear Tune-Up and Birthday Fundraiser for Optical Industry Icon

Sep 16, 1998, 01:00 ET from Pearle Vision

    WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearle Vision stores
 nationwide are celebrating the 80th birthday of founder Dr. Stanley C. Pearle
 with free Spec Checks, birthday cards for customers to sign and a drive to
 raise $80,000 for the Pearle Vision Foundation before his October 12th
 birthday.  Spec Checks offer a complete eyewear tune-up at no charge,
 including a thorough cleaning of frames and lenses, realignment of frames and
 temple pieces and, if requested, a UV screening to ensure lenses are providing
 adequate protection from ultraviolet rays.
     While Spec Checks are a free service, stores are hoping to collect
 thousands of birthday card signatures in exchange for an 80 cent donation to
 the Pearle Vision Foundation in honor of Dr. Pearle's 80th birthday.  Dr.
 Pearle is an active board member of the Pearle Vision Foundation, the charity
 that bears his name and supports the mission of optimum lifetime vision.  The
 Foundation provides grants for research, community service and education
 programs relating to treatable vision disorders.
     "There could not be a more fitting tribute to Dr. Pearle's 80th birthday
 than this.  Requests for Pearle Vision Foundation grants have grown
 significantly in recent years as word has spread about the honorable causes it
 supports," explained Pearle Vision President Dave Pierson.  "Dr. Pearle has
 always instilled a commitment to helping those less fortunate in the
 communities our stores serve."
     Dr. Pearle opened the first Pearle Vision store in 1961 with the goal of
 providing convenient optical services and an expanded eyewear selection.
 Today there are over 1,000 optical stores worldwide that bear Dr. Pearle's
 name and he is largely credited with creating modern day optical retailing.
 Pearle Vision is a subsidiary of Cleveland Ohio-based Cole National, a $1
 billion optical and gift retailer with a combined total of more than 3,000
 retail locations.
     To locate the Pearle Vision store nearest you, visit the web site or call 800-YES-EYES.

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