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Community Involvement

Brookside Optometric Group doctors are committed to you and your eye health, and to the community we share. From college scholarship contests for local high school seniors to medical mission trips around the globe, we believe in giving back and making a difference.

Our doctors are actively involved with numerous local charitable organizations, including the Central Valley Youth Symphony, Delta Humane Society, The Women’s Center, and St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter. We also support international programs such as the Red Rhino Orphanage in Kenya, Lions in Sight, and The Flying Samaritans to help change lives in communities all over the world.

As part of our ongoing goal to give back, we want to celebrate all that makes Stockton a thriving community. We are proud to be part of this city, and excited to provide you with an incentive to get out and enjoy the amazing opportunities Stockton has to offer.

2018 Community Events

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2018 Scholarship Contest

We sponsored our third annual $1000 College Scholarship Contest for local San Joaquin County high school students. To enter the contest, class of 2018 seniors submitted a 100-word essay sharing what education has meant to their family. Arica Aninag from Lincoln High School received 1917 votes and submitted the winning 100-word essay to receive the $1000 scholarship award.

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Discovery Challenge Academy

We continued our ongoing partnership with Discovery Challenge Academy to provide free eye exams and new glasses to 10 high school students. Based in Lathrop, Discovery Challenge Academy (DCA) opened in January 2017 as a partnership between the California National Guard and San Joaquin County Office of Education. We are proud to partner with DCA as part of our commitment to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

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Denim Day

We honored Denim Day on April 25 to help bring awareness that a woman’s clothes are never an excuse for sexual violence. Our staff chipped in to wear denim to work and hosted a bake sale to raise money for Women's Center-Youth & Family Services of San Joaquin County.

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Medical Missions - Lions in Sight

During the Lions in Sight medical mission clinic to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 980 patients were given free eye exams and glasses. A team of 5 doctors and 10 volunteers dispensed glasses during the two-day clinic, including Sharon, Erica, Dr. Demshar, Bev, and Dr. Grewal from Zeiter Eye. We all had a great experience!

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UC Berkeley Student Rotations

Three years ago, we established the first-ever private practice rotation for UC Berkeley Optometry students. In March, several groups of students visited our practice to learn about private patient care. These young doctors are our future, and we are honored to give back to our profession through this ongoing project!

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St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter

Our staff collected donations of personal care items throughout the month of March and assembled 38 bags for men, women, and children to support St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter. Thanks to all of our wonderful patients for the generous donations!

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Rotary Cultural Exchange

Dr. Bob traveled to the Philippines on a Rotary Cultural exchange. The group of 24 Rotarians toured the Quezon province, explored the country, and met with local Rotarians to assess their needs. The members of the team donated their own money to provide leg braces for a young man who was afflicted with CP, and made arrangements for him to see a doctor and receive treatment. We are proud of how our doctors look for ways to give back to our community and the world.

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Stockton Chorale

We partnered with the Stockton Chorale as a concert underwriter for the February “Awaken the Dream” performance honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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UOP vs Gonzaga Giveaway

We supported the UOP men’s basketball team by giving away four on-the-floor-tickets to the February 8 UOP vs Gonzaga game.

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20th Anniversary Open House

We celebrated our 20th Anniversary as a practice in January and hosted an Open House to celebrate with our amazing patients, staff, and friends. It was a great evening of celebration, fun, food, and special giveaways. Thanks to all who joined us!

2017 Community Events

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December Blanket Drive

In December, we collected blankets, pet supplies, and dog and cat food from our generous staff and patients. The donations were delivered to our four-legged friends at Delta Humane Society and City of Stockton Animal Shelter.

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December Coat Drive

Throughout the month of December, we collected coats at the office to donate to the homeless. Our elves loaded up the many warm coats donated by our wonderful patients and delivered them to local shelters to keep many people warm throughout the holiday season.

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Stockton Symphony Holiday Pops

We supported the Stockton Symphony during the holiday season and gave away two tickets to the December 10 Holiday Pops Concert. To enter the giveaway, participants shared their favorite Christmas activities with us.

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Stockton Civic Theatre - Mamma Mia

We supported the Stockton Civic Theatre and gave away two tickets to the opening weekend of Mamma Mia. To enter the giveaway, participants shared a photo of their best Halloween costume.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer/Brookside Goes Pink

Our staff participated in the Making Strides breast cancer walk at Nelson park and wore pink to raise support for breast cancer research. We raised $200 in support of the American Cancer Society—thanks to all who generously supported our team and partnered with us in the fight against cancer.

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Discovery Challenge Academy

Our doctors and staff provided free eye exams and glasses for the cadets from the fall class from Discovery Challenge Academy in Lathrop. The DCA is an amazing group of people making phenomenal changes in the lives of the cadets they serve, and we are honored to have a small part in the program.

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Summerfest 2017

Summerfest 2017 raised almost $11,000 for three nonprofit Humanitarian Eyecare Groups that Dr. Demshar volunteers his time with to provide eye exams and glasses. The annual event supports the St. Mary's Homeless Shelter Medical Clinic, the Central Valley Flying Samaritans, and Lions in Sight.

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American Flag Photo Contest

We hosted an American flag photo contest between Flag Day and Independence Day, and we invited the community to submit their best flag photos to win a pair of tickets to a Stockton Ports game and an American Flag.

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Medical Missions - Lions in Sight

A group of four doctors (including our own Dr. Demshar) and seven technicians from Lions in Sight examined 700 patients during a weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was Dr. Demshar’s 111th clinical mission.

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Denim Day

We wore jeans for Denim Day on April 26 to support survivors and raise awareness about sexual assault. Our staff organized the event to raise funds to fight spousal abuse, and our doctors matched all contributions made in the office.

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Stockton Ports Tickets Giveaway

We hosted a giveaway for Stockton Ports tickets, just in time for the start of spring baseball season. Three winners received a pair of tickets to two Stockton Ports baseball games.

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2017 Scholarship Contest

We sponsored our second annual $1,000 College Scholarship for a local student to help defray some of their costs when attending college. To enter, San Joaquin County high school seniors submitted a selfie with an influential teacher or coach, and shared about their vision for the future.

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Tickets Giveaway

Brookside Optometric sent a few lucky winners to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship regional semifinal games in March.

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Stockton Heat Tickets Giveaway

We supported the Stockton Heat hockey team during the 2017 season by giving away two tickets to a February home game.

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Teddy Bear Drive

We collected Teddy Bears for the Stockton Heat’s annual Teddy Bear Toss in January. All bears were donated to United Way of San Joaquin County.

2016 Community Events

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UC Berkeley Student Rotations

Brookside Optometric Group was selected as the first-ever private practice clinical rotation for fourth year interns at the Optometry School, giving students valuable insight and exposure. This is a joint project between the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, VSP, and Brookside Optometric Group. This is the first agreement of its type in California.

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Coat and Blanket Drive

We gave back during the holiday season by collecting coats and blankets to donate to the homeless and our four-legged friends at the Delta Humane Society.

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UOP Men’s Basketball Tickets Giveaway

We supported the UOP men’s basketball team during the 2016 season by giving away a pair of tickets to the UOP versus Wyoming men’s basketball game.

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Brookside Goes Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our office staff wore pink on October 14 to stand together, united against breast cancer, and to raise money for breast cancer research.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Brookside Optometric Group staff participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 8. Our office matched all donations made to the American Cancer Society in support of our team and the fight against cancer.

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Stockton Symphony Tickets Giveaway

The Stockton Symphony celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2016. We joined the celebration by giving away two tickets to the opening night performance.

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Medical Missions - Flying Samaritans

Dr. Demshar flew with the Flying Samaritans to two health care clinics in San Felipe, Mexico and one in San Quintin, Baja to provide eye care for thousands of people in need. This pushed Dr. D’s humanitarian trips to well over the 100 mark.

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Red Rhino Orphanage Project

Drs. Bob and Rosie Melrose were proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor at the St. Mary's Walk-a-Thon for the Red Rhino Orphanage Project. Red Rhino is an orphanage in Kenya founded by local Stocktonians. Bob and Rosie have supported a child at the orphanage for many years, and had the opportunity to finally meet her in person when they traveled to Kenya in June.

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2016 Scholarship Contest

We sponsored our first annual $1,000 College Scholarship for a local student to help defray some of their costs when attending college. To enter, San Joaquin County high school seniors submitted a 90-second video describing one way they made a difference in their community.