Jenny Pomeroy – A Life Well Lived

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Jenny Pomeroy

Expressions of sympathy through kind words, visits, cards, food, flowers and plants have been received at the Prevent Blindness Georgia office where Jenny Pomeroy served as CEO for nearly 17 years. We all appreciate the thoughtful gestures of so many people that Jenny has touched.

I’ve taken a moment to share a few of the words that so aptly describe Jenny’s impact on those who knew her.

“Jenny was a gracious, intelligent and skillful nonprofit executive who was responsible for tremendous growth of PBGA under her leadership. She deserves every accolade she will be given. Jenny was a perfect example of a dedicated life well-lived.” – Brenda Horne, Executive Director, Community Health Charities Southeast

“During my several years on the Board, I was so impressed with Jenny’s leadership. She always found a way to motivate people to do their best and hit new highs. She touched so many lives with her great work. She was a true blessing.” – Todd Podell, Chief Procurement Officer, Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

“Jenny friendship, leadership and dedication to Prevent Blindness Georgia and Prevent Blindness America will be greatly missed.” – Hugh Parry, President  & CEO, Prevent Blindness America

“She didn’t care about getting credit for anything. She was someone who made you feel it was your idea.” – Scott Pastor, MD, Board Co-Chair, Prevent Blindness Georgia

“Jenny and I were great colleagues and collaborators, perhaps because we were both so different and so alike at the same time. She was a woman of strong faith and that helps me know that she would want us all to remember the important mission and work we shared, the laughter and love.” Subie Green, President, Center for the Visually Impaired

“When you needed her, she was there. If she had any free time, she gave it up and worked for Prevent Blindness Georgia what seemed like 24/7.” – Amy Hutchinson, MD, Board Co-Chair, Prevent Blindness Georgia.

“I went to abcnews.com and her story was listed under Top Stories with a great picture of Jenny and a video. It put a smile on my face to know that Jenny is still educating the world. She was truly an amazing woman and I know that I will especially miss her wise words and witty comebacks.” – Tekelia Powe, Program Data Systems Association, Prevent Blindness Georgia

“Jenny was one amazing woman whom we all have been blessed to know and call our friend.” – Barbara Myers, Director of Public Education & Advocacy, Prevent Blindness Georgia

A memorial service for Jenny will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, July 31) at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. As Board member Shilvi Leinwand said, “I am thankful to have known such an incredible woman.”

Farewell, Jenny Pomeroy

Prevent Blindness Georgia President/CEO Jenny Pomeroy passed away Monday evening, July 15, 2013 after an

Jenny Pomeroy

Jenny Pomeroy

adverse reaction to an insect bite.  Jenny assumed the leadership of Prevent Blindness Georgia, the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, in 1996.

Scott Pastor, MD, and Amy Hutchinson, MD, Co-Chairs of the board of Prevent Blindness Georgia, said Tuesday, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenny’s family.  This is a tremendous loss to the vision community and Jenny will forever be remembered as an innovative thinker and a selfless, dedicated leader in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia.  We will miss her deeply.”

Under Jenny’s leadership, Prevent Blindness Georgia tripled its service delivery and budget while offering new programs for public education, training, and vision care services.  On a national level, Prevent Blindness Georgia has been distinguished with the Prevent Blindness America’s Best Practice Award three times and with numerous other awards and honors.

The family has asked for privacy during this time. There will be a memorial service on July 31 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309 with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial gifts be made in honor of Jenny to:

Prevent Blindness Georgia
739 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA  30308-1137

or online at http://www.pbga.org.

Sports Eye Safety on the Forefront

Bob Hope, well-connected Atlanta public relations executive and president of Hope-Beckham, Inc., Darren LaPorte, business development director for GV Financial Advisors, Jenny Pomeroy, CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia and Barbara Myers, community education & advocacy director of Prevent Blindness Georgia, met today to talk about eye safety. They put their heads together to develop ideas on how to get the message out about protecting your eyes while playing sports. 

(L to R) Bob Hope, Jenny Pomeroy and Darren LaPorte discuss sports eye safety.

Statistics show that nationwide more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year with 42,000 requiring emergency room attention.  More than 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented through the use of appropriate protective eyewear. At greatest risk for eye injuries are sports participants who wear corrective eyewear like contacts, eyeglasses or sunglasses.  The numbers show that sports that have a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury include: basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, soccer, volleyball, water polo and football. 

Prevent Blindness Georgia aims to bring attention to sports eye safety. With the help of Bob Hope and Darren LaPorte, we are sure to be successful.

For more information on sports eye safety, visit www.pbga.org.

See The Atlanta Dream For $10

We are pleased that Jenny Pomeroy will be honored as an “Inspiring Woman” at the Atlanta Dream women’s professional basketball game tomorrow.

The Dream will provide $60 club level seats for only $10 with $5 coming back to support programs at Prevent Blindness Georgia.

Please plan to join us as Jenny is honored and the Dream plays  an exciting game against the Minnesota Lynx. SoloHealth will be providing their EyeSite kiosk at the arena for the event. Order your tickets here  use the promotional code: Prevent.

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