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  • Orbital Gala 2017

    Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, and Michael F. Chiang, MD, dined and danced the night away at the 2017 Orbital Gala in New Orleans. They, and nearly 400 other partygoers, reconnected with old friends and made new ones while raising funds to support critical Academy programs such as the ONE Network and IRIS Registry.

    The Foundation's annual Orbital Gala has brought in more than $2 million of net revenue over the past 14 years in support of Academy programs. The event at AAO 2017 in New Orleans was one of the most successful to date: Nearly 400 guests enjoyed a silent auction, dinner and dancing at Mardi Gras World and helped raise more than $190,000 for Academy programs.

    Gala chairs Ruth D. Williams, MD, and Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH, hosted the event, which honored past Academy EVP H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, a champion for ophthalmic education, physician and patient advocacy, and technological innovation.

    In addition to funds raised during the auction, attendees raised nearly $1 million to support the new Hoskins Center IRIS Registry Research Fund through the Foundation’s first-ever paddle raise. The Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company contributed to the endeavor with a $500,000 donation.

    Event Chairs
    Ruth D. Williams, MD
    Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH

    Host Committee
    Chris Albanis, MD
    John S. Cohen, MD
    Kathryn A. Colby, MD, PhD
    Eliza N. Hoskins, MD
    Ann-Marie Lobo, MD
    William F. Mieler, MD
    Carl V. Migliazzo, MD
    Christie L. Morse, MD
    David J. Noonan
    Purnima S. Patel, MD
    Ron Pelton, MD, PhD
    Peter A. Quiros, MD
    John R. Stechschulte, MD
    Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD


    “This past year, we donated the Optos California Ultra-Widefield (UWF™) Retina Imaging Device for the Orbital Gala’s silent action. The auction enhances our visibility among our key customers and is a great way to support the Academy’s mission of protecting sight and empowering lives. The Orbital Gala is an exceptional marketing opportunity for our company. We wouldn’t miss it for the world!”



    Corporate Supporters



    Allergan Foundation
    Paragon BioTeck

    Auction Donors
    Chris Albanis, MD
    AMA Optics, Inc.
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Patricia Bonsall
    April and Chip Bowers
    Jill Boyett
    Cynthia A. Bradford, MD
    Jack Cohen
    Minas Coroneo, MBBS, and Anna Coroneo
    DigiSight Technologies
    Jenny Edgar
    Jane C. Edmond, MD
    Ellman, A Cynosure Company
    Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia
    Gulden Ophthalmics
    HEINE USA, Ltd.
    Matt and Jennifer Kay
    Janice Law, MD
    Cory Lessner, MD
    Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, and Jaci Lindstrom
    Jeff Maltzman, MD
    Jim Mazzo
    Tina McGovern
    Tony McClellan
    Metropolitan Touring
    Carl V. Migliazzo, MD
    Mobius Therapeutics, LLC
    Dr. Charles R. and Judith G. Munnerlyn
    Marion Parke
    Purnima S. Patel, MD
    Ron and Wendy Pelton
    Jose Pitarque, MD, and
    Andrea Molinari, MD
    David E. I. Pyott, CBE, MD(Hon)
    Peter A. Quiros, MD
    Gail Schmidt
    Amanda Spivey
    John R. Stechschulte, MD
    Kohur and Anuradha
    Prem S. Subramanian, MD
    TTI Medical
    Duane L. and Georgia J. Vaught
    Sue Vicchrilli and Jenny Edgar
    VisionScience Software
    John Waldman
    Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Peter J. Whitted, MD, JD


    Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company

    Tim Padovese

    George A. Williams, MD


    GEORGE AND I view our organization as so much more than a traditional insurance company. To truly serve ophthalmology, we understand that OMIC must support both eye care providers and their patients. That’s why we work closely with the Academy on initiatives to improve patient safety, help physicians avoid errors and offer free resources to Academy members whether or not they’re insured by us. We all share the same mission: To promote patient safety and improve eye care.

    The IRIS Registry Research Fund will use the power of data and research to enhance this mission. Thirty years ago, ophthalmologists began using OMIC’s data to help patients understand eye health and improve compliance. Today researchers can use the IRIS Registry, carefully focusing its statistical dials back and forth like an enormous microscope to identify important trends. We’re excited to support this research and believe that OMIC and IRIS Registry data can someday
    be merged in ways that will continue to expand knowledge and advance quality eye care.

    Many of the greatest innovations in eye health have been made possible through the financial support of charitable organizations, thanks to generous people who give to improve the lives of others. OMIC is committed to giving back to our
    community. We have always been able to draw a direct line between our donations to the Academy and the development of useful tools, resources, and information to protect sight.

    In 2017, OMIC made a $500,000 donation to support the new Hoskins Center IRIS Registry Research Fund.