As we reflect on 2017, we are reminded of the highs, lows and lessons learned along the way. There is one thing though that stands out most prominently in our minds and that is YOU. Without you, our efforts would be fruitless. We want to take this time to thank you for being on this journey with us! Together, we've made incredible progress and impact. Here's a look at the Top 5 Highlights of 2017!
The Top 5 Highlights of 2017
1. Reached a Major Milestone: Restoring Vision to 15,000 people
At SOLO Eyewear, we are dedicated to restoring vision to people in need. It's the whole reason why we exist. This year, we celebrated reaching a new milestone. We officially restored vision to 15,000 people across 32 countries through the funding of eye exams, eyeglasses and cataract surgeries. We owe this accomplishment to you, our fans and customers, who have spread the word about SOLO Eyewear, purchased our eyewear and supported us in this journey.
2. Hosted Two Eye Care Clinics in Guyana
Through the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative and the US Department of State Exchange Program, our founders, Jenny and Dana, traveled to Guyana to host two eye care clinics. They teamed up with a wonderful optometry team led by Dr. Shannon da Silva. Through that experience, we served over 300 people in need.
3. Live and Give Adventure with Two Lucky Fans
In September, we teamed up with Live a Great Story and The Greatness Foundation and selected two lucky fans to accompany us on a Live and Give Adventure through Baja California, Mexico. During the four day road trip, we visited two orphanages, help build a home for a family and volunteered at an eye care clinic. It was an awesome experience filled with fun and helping others!
4. Sharing the SOLO Eyewear Story at the World Domination Summit
Chris Guillebeau invited co-founder, Jenny Amaraneni, to share the SOLO Eyewear story at the 2017 World Domination Summit in Portland, OR. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our experience with 1,500 people who want to make the world a better place!
5. Feature in REI's Documentary, Venturous Voices
In early 2017, we were approached a team of filmmakers to be featured in an REI sponsored documentary highlighting the efforts of women in the outdoor industry. It was an incredible experience and an honor to be included in this film. You can check out our portion of the documentary from 8:05 to 13:05.
Thank you for a memorable 2017 and cheers to a fruitful 2018!!