Peter Ince, left, Elly Du Pre and Ketty Pierre (Submitted photo, Society Scene / August 24, 2011)
"When you change vendor displays at the Fort Lauderdale Airport's gift shops - there are always opportunities to get involved within our community and give back," said Peter Ince, manager of The Paradies Shops at FLL. "As luck had it, they did not have any plans for the glasses that had not sold when they changed the displays, so we looked for an organization that would benefit from such a gift. It was then that we reached out to Elly Du Pre, the CEO at the Lighthouse of Broward, and arranged for her to distribute them to her clients—visually impaired children, adults and elders—as well as to the Lions International."
"It was a win-win for all," stated Du Pre. "One thousand and three hundred pairs of glasses of all types that sell for at least $15 per pair, that's quite a donation from the gift shops," she added.
Named Best Airport Retailer for the past 15 consecutive years by Airport Revenue News, The Paradies Shops was established in 1960. A family-owned business, the shops operate more than 500 stores in more than 70 markets across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.theparadiesshops.com.
LHOB serves visually impaired children, youth, working age adults and elders and is the primary resource for services and information for the blind in Broward County. As the only source in Broward County for comprehensive rehabilitation training and adaptive computer training for adults with visual impairment, the Lighthouse also is the only local facility offering specialized skill building for blind babies and children based on the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Vision Impairment, including those with multiple disabilities.
For more information on LHOB, visit http://www.lhob.org. •