CSC Receives Grant from Cleveland Clinic

Volunteers working in the garden around the Highbrook Lodge sign.

Cleveland Sight Center Receives Grant from Cleveland Clinic
Grant dollars will support CSC’s accessible camp, Highbrook Lodge, in Chardon, OH

Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) today announced a community outreach partnership with Cleveland Clinic to support CSC’s mission of empowering people with vision loss to realize their full potential and to shape the community’s vision of that potential. Cleveland Clinic will provide $7,500 in support of CSC’s Highbrook Lodge and the camp programs provided to children and families. This support will enable more individuals to experience the outdoors and learn much more about themselves in the process.

To ensure that camp fees are not a barrier to participation, CSC provides camperships to those who cannot afford to pay. Support from Cleveland Clinic will provide camperships for children and adult Cleveland residents who are blind, have low vision, or are multiply-disabled, so that they may participate in typical summer activities, regardless of their disabilities. Located on 60 acres of forest and countryside in Chardon, CSC has been operating the American Camping Association-accredited Highbrook Lodge since 1928. Highbrook Lodge offers campers a residential camping experience and provides a full range of outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, swimming and more, in a safe environment that features the necessary ADA-accessible tools and amenities.

“Cleveland Clinic is pleased to support Cleveland Sight Center through an investment in Highbrook Lodge,” said Vicki Johnson, Senior Director, Community Outreach. “We are proud to support the Center’s mission and programs which truly benefit participants’ health and well-being. This partnership plays a valuable role in the Clinic’s continuing efforts to impact and improve the health and wellness of residents throughout our community.”

Said Larry Benders, CSC’s President and Executive Director, “We are excited about this partnership with Cleveland Clinic to further our collaboration with a world-class healthcare organization. The grant dollars will provide opportunities for our clients to be empowered and realize their full potential.”

About Cleveland Sight Center (CSC)
Founded in 1906, Cleveland Sight Center is the only organization in Northeast Ohio dedicated to serving individuals who are blind or have visual impairments. CSC's mission is to empower people with vision loss to realize their full potential, and to shape the community's vision of that potential. From infants to seniors, CSC serves more than 14,000 people each year through direct service and preventative vision screenings.

The agency has achieved twelve consecutive three-year accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes the main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. For more information visit Follow us at