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    Orbital Gala 2016
    Orbital Gala 2016 guests Sonny D. Goel, MD; Ravi D. Goel, MD; Joseph T. Nezgoda, MD, MBA; Swati Goel, MD; Sidney K. Gicheru, MD; and Tomas A. Moreno, MD, enjoyed the exhibits, dinner and dancing at Chicago’s renowned Field Museum.

    Academy members, corporations and friends were instrumental in driving a successful year of fundraising to support our educational, quality-of-care and service programs. In 2016, the Academy Foundation raised $4.2 million in support of key programs, including the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network, global outreach programs, the EyeCare America® program and the Museum of Vision®.

    The ONE Network campaign

    The Academy Foundation reached its fundraising goal of $10 million to complete the second major phase of ONE Network development. This will expand global access to the ONE Network, ensuring more ophthalmologists have the educational tools they need to provide outstanding patient care.

    David E.I. Pyott Glaucoma Education Center

    The David E.I. Pyott Foundation pledged $2 million to the Academy Foundation to create a ONE Network center that will help speed online medical training in glaucoma treatment. This new resource, launching at the end of 2017, will give ophthalmologists a peer network to discuss and manage challenging cases, and an extensive searchable online library of clinical support materials and patient education resources. Mr. Pyott is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Allergan. This endowment represents the largest contribution ever given to the Academy from a single individual.

    The Dr. Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Simulation Education Initiative Endowment Fund

    Longtime Academy leader Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and his wife, Dorothy, pledged $500,000 to create an unrivaled online educational resource on the ONE Network. This endowment fund will provide the latest simulation and interactive learning technology to advance physician education, highlight new discoveries and transform patient care worldwide.

    The Orbital Gala

    The Foundation’s 13th annual Orbital Gala was one of the most successful galas to date. It raised more than $190,000 for Academy programs. More than 400 guests enjoyed a silent auction, dinner and dancing at Chicago’s Field Museum. This year’s gala honored former EyeNet Magazine Chief Medical Editor Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH, for his more than three decades of exceptional service to the Academy.

    The foundation salutes every donor who supported the Academy and its mission to deliver state-of-the-art ophthalmic education and services. Learn more about the many convenient ways to give and make a gift today.