PALM SPRINGS, Fla., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Stanton Optical is pleased to announce they are the winner of Vision Monday's The Sphere of Influence Award for most daring community outreach, philanthropic or patient education program. The award is part of Vision Monday's 2013 Dispensing and Retail Excellence Awards (D.A.R.E.)
This is the third year of the D.A.R.E. award program and this years awards were sponsored by Europa International. The cover story "Making a Mark; Most Daring Optical Retailers in the U.S. and Canada" appears in the September 9th issue of the Vision Monday magazine. Stanton Optical appears in a full-page spread on page 53 of the publication.
Cynthia Shapiro, creative director of Europa International and a 2013 D.A.R.E. Awards judge says that ""When we learned that Vision Monday was going to be honoring the best and most daring retailers, we jumped at the opportunity to participate. We hope this program does more than honor the best of the best; we also hope it inspires other retailers and gives them new perspectives on how to compete in this ever-changing and consistently challenging marketplace."
Summary of Stanton Optical's Essay
Submissions for the contest were accepted from May 6th through June 14th, at which time the Vision Monday's panel of judges voted on the winners. Part of the entry requirements were to write a brief essay outlining why we were the perfect company for this honor.
Stanton's employees have taken part in many volunteer and race opportunities to help a variety of organizations and non-profit charities, including:
Epilepsy Society of Kern County, Calif.
Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The company's core values have remained unchanged since the company's start in 2006 by CEO Daniel Stanton. Community involvement helps foster a stronger work environment by having employees take part in common goals. Stanton Optical supports the building of safer, stronger and better educated neighborhoods through enrichment of the communities where they live, work and play.
The complete essay and photos are viewable on the Vision Monday website: The Sphere of Influence Award.
About Vision Monday
Established in 1987, Vision Monday provides valuable insights into how successful retailers and practitioners build their businesses and stay profitable. Vision Monday is the ophthalmic industry's leading source of news and news analysis. Vision Monday in print reaches more than 20,000 influential retail buyers.
About Europa International
Founded in June of 1977 by Alan and Cynthia Shapiro, Europa International is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago.
Throughout 31+ years in the optical industry, Europa has proven to be one of the most dynamic eyewear and sunwear manufacturers in the United States. With steady growth each and every year, Europa has evolved from a regional distributor in the Midwest, to an international corporation selling across the United States and in more than 20 countries worldwide.
About Stanton Optical
Stanton Optical, based in Palm Springs, Florida, has 30 locations throughout the United States including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The eyeglass store offers a great selection of men's eyeglasses, women's prescription glasses and kid's eyeglass frames at each of their retail locations.
The optical store encourages their employees to get involved in the local community. The company is especially proud of their community involvement initiatives with their support of non-profit charity groups and humanitarian organizations. Recent corporate giving efforts include donations to In Jacob's Shoes, New Eyes for the Needy and Lions Club Recycle for Sight.
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