Giving Back


Richard and Jacqueline Skipper
2014 “Hope for Vision” Award Honorees


July 17, 1999 is a date that the Skipper family and friends hold dear to their heart. Born prematurely at 28 weeks, weighing 1 pound 12 ounces, Kelsi Skipper began her life inspiring everyone with her determination and strength. She spent more than two months in Cook Children’s Medical Center NICU in Fort Worth, Texas. Five days before she was to be discharged, she was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity. The Skippers learned of Dr. Trese from their family ophthalmologist and they arranged to see him immediately. Since then, they have visited Dr. Trese on a regular basis.

In 2004, Richard Skipper, Kelsi’s grandfather and co-founder, President and CEO of SkiHi Enterprises, decided to organize and host an annual golf tournament to raise funds to support the institutions that have been instrumental in the health and wellbeing of Kelsi. The vision research ROPARD Foundation has been honored to receive a portion of these funds which it uses to fund retinal research and education.