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Mix Business with Pleasure at the Orbital Gala — For Half Price!

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Join your friends and colleagues for a night of fine dining, great entertainment and dancing at the Fourth Annual Orbital Gala. This black-tie (optional) event is a successful fundraiser for the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Gala raises money for the Foundation’s educational and public service mission.

Academy YOs are given a 50 percent reduction on ticket price. You pay only $150 for this one-of-a-kind event. It’s the place to be!
Buy your half-price tickets today.

The philanthropic work of the Foundation helps each of us fulfill our responsibility to give back. We have remarkable careers and ophthalmology is good to us. We love our work, the work has intrinsic value, and we have rich lives because of it.

What isn’t obvious is that the Orbital Gala plays another important role. The Gala is the only yearly social event in our world of ophthalmology that allows us to celebrate together. This is ophthalmology’s big event, and I urge you to join me.

Meet the Yin and Yang of the Political World
The organizers of the Gala — the Chair, Dr. William Tasman and Dr. B. Thomas Hutchinson, Chair of the Foundation Advisory Board—have a wonderful evening planned.

The feisty political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin have been secured for the evening’s talent as they present “All’s Fair in Love and War.” Both will make individual remarks, followed by a question and answer session open to all guests — a lineup ensuring a rather spirited event.

Due to popular demand, a special group has been chosen for this year’s live music — La Vieux Carre. Their musical repertoire ranges from classic blues, jazz and big band to contemporary songs spanning three decades. Something for everyone!

Helping Patients All Over the World
For more than 25 years, the Academy Foundation has advanced lifelong ophthalmic education and public service thanks to the support of thousands of donors. Since its inception in 2004, the Gala has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. Last year, proceeds from the Orbital Gala:

  • Helped underwrite the cost of developing the Academy’s Ophthalmic News and Education (O.N.E.) network which will become an easy-to-use online ophthalmic resource for education worldwide.
  • Provided financial resources for the Academy to offer its members new updates to the Preferred Practice Patterns entitled “Cataract in the Adult Eye” and “Age-Related Macular Degeneration” and an Ophthalmic Technology Assessment on “Capsule Staining as an Adjunct to Cataract Surgery.”
  • Shared the educational offerings and experience of the Academy’s Joint Meeting with five ophthalmologists from developing nations through the FAAO’s International Assistance Rotary Club Host Project and donated Academy’s educational materials to 141 ophthalmology training programs in low-income nations.
  • Reached nearly 400,000 through the Museum of Vision’s exhibits about the eye and the science of vision.
  • Provided more than 50,000 people with eye care and/or eye health information through EyeCare America and its 7,300 volunteer ophthalmologists.

These accomplishments are a tribute to a great profession. Thank you!

A Great Opportunity for Young Ophthalmologists
I think the Orbital Gala is an important part of our culture as ophthalmologists. This is the one annual social event where we join together to celebrate our friendships and our incredible careers. I think it is especially important for young ophthalmologists to attend.

While the Gala may seem a bit expensive for some of you, and others are fully committed in time, energy, and/or dollars, this is an important event for the practice of ophthalmology. As you develop your own philosophy of philanthropy, I urge you to consider the Foundation and this event. I will personally guarantee you an interesting evening.

The Academy Foundation's Fourth Annual Orbital Gala takes place Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Ballroom in the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The Young Ophthalmologist reception precedes the Orbital Gala and overlaps slightly. I will attend the YO reception in black-tie attire, and arrive a wee bit late for the Gala. I’d love a bit of company! Buy your half-price tickets.

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About the author: Ruth D. Williams, MD, is the Academy Secretary for Member Services. She is a glaucoma specialist at the Wheaton Eye Clinic in the Chicago suburbs. She is married to an ophthalmologist and has three children.