Voting for Child with the Most Beautiful Eyes Begins

For the Month of September, Prevent Blindness America Wants Public to Vote for Their Choice of the Child with the Most Beautiful Eyes

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2011) – The voting period has now begun to determine the finalists for the “Most Beautiful Eyes Contest” from Prevent Blindness America.   From now until Sept. 30, the public is invited to go online and vote for their choice of the child with the most beautiful eyes at facebook.com/preventblindness.  The public may vote for each entry once a day.

At the end of the voting period,the contestant with the most votes from each state, with the exception of Rhode Island, will advance to the final round. All state winners will receive a free pair of Eagle Eyes OpticsAstro and Rocketeer Sunglasses for kids plus a Kids’ Fisher®Space Pen.

Celebrity judges including author and former broadcaster Larry King, Derrek Lee of the Pittsburgh Pirates and NASA astronaut Walter Cunningham will decide the overall winner, as well as second and third place winners.  The three finalists and their families will enjoy a trip to Chicago to attend the Prevent Blindness America Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, November 18, 2011, where the overall winner will be announced.

The winner of the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and for one year, will be the face of the “Star Pupils” program, the national children’s eye health and safety program from Prevent Blindness America.  The second prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship, with a $2,000 scholarship for the third place winner.  The scholarship prizes are made available by Marchon Eyewear and Advantica.

“We encourage everyone to go on our site and take a look at all of the wonderful photos we have received and vote for their favorites.  Then, make sure they come back every day and vote to help that child win a fantastic prize,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America.  “Our main objective for this contest is to get parents thinking about how precious their child’s vision is and make a point to have their child’s vision screened or examined by an eye care professional.”

For more information about the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest or general children’s eye health and safety, please visit  facebook.com/preventblindness, or call (800) 331-2020.