(Press Release) - Written by Ben Hunt-Deol
On Friday the 13th of March, Plymouth OpSoc hosted the Specsavers EYEBALL 2020 (end of year ball). A mix of 150 students, staff and guests gathered at the Crown Plaza Hotel to celebrate the achievements of our students and staff throughout the year.
The Plymouth Optometry Society (OpSoc) represents approximately 200 students who are studying Optometry at the University of Plymouth. The society organises various professional and social events throughout the academic year to support its members through their studies and student life, into their future careers.
Live 1920s themed music was performed throughout the night from the wonderful Lucy Blu, with guests being able to try their luck at the casino tables later on in the night or snap a photo in the “Great Gatsby” themed photobooth. Food and desert were then served as the Plymouth OpSoc ran their award ceremony and raffle! Chosen charity SightSavers and local charity Shekinah each received £100 from the raffle earnings. Some lucky winners received prizes such as ophthalmoscopes and other optometric equipment.
Winner of the Louis Stone prize, Ross Colledge, spoke about his experience, “I am so grateful to be the lucky winner of such a great prize sponsored by Louis Stone optical. I can’t wait to get hands on with my new lens (EZVIEW 115) in practice. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Plymouth Optometry Society for organising yet another great event and would like to recognise the huge efforts put in by all those on the committee.”
The event was sponsored by Specsavers (Platinum sponsor) and Prospect Health. The raffle was sponsored by Keeler, Heine, Louis Stone Optical, The Centre for Eyecare Excellence, Norville Group.
President of the Plymouth Optometry Society, Ben Hunt-Deol, said “This evening was absolutely wonderful and I’m so grateful to my amazing committee and all our industry sponsors who could make this possible! Events like these are such a lovely way to celebrate all our achievements and come together, as a profession. It’s been my pleasure to work with my committee on this event and all our others throughout this year and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what our new committee can offer! In the meantime, our close relationships with our sponsors are of paramount importance to our society and I can say that myself and all our students are very grateful for your continued support in the next generations of Optometrists.”