By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published Sep 30, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Milwaukee's "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey is the draw in a drive to collect eye glasses for the "Lions Recycle for Sight" program.

Starting Monday, anybody who brings used eye glasses, sunglasses (or two non-perishable foods item for the Hunger Task Force) to one of the 22 Wisconsin Vision locations in the state gets a ticket to meet Gokey at the opening of the chain's newest outlet at 5530 N. Port Washington Rd on Nov. 17.

Gokey, who has made his eyeglasses a personal trademark, is the celebrity face of the optical company, and has made a number of personal appearances on behalf of Wisconsin Vision.

At that appearance, Gokey, who has launched a country music career, plans to announce a community relief program to get his fans around the country to help local children, as part of his Sophia's Heart Foundation.

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.