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  • 2024 Academy Celebration Support Opportunities

    Are you looking for a creative, cost-effective way to raise your profile with Academy members? Sponsor the Academy Foundation’s Celebration.

    All new, all Academy! Networking at the annual meeting is more important than ever. The Academy has listened and is launching a premier social event for all attendees with expected attendance of 800 or more. The Academy Celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct.19. Funds raised from will support the Academy’s educational programs. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dancing, and connecting with colleagues and Academy leadership in an action-packed and fun-filled evening! It will be a must-attend for ophthalmologists from around the globe. Supporting is a cost-effective and impactful way to get noticed by our members. The event will be open to all 32,000 Academy members – maximizing your exposure.

    Event Sponsorship

    The event sponsorship offers prominent visibility for your company. All sponsorships are considered charitable donations* that directly support the Academy’s mission to protect sight and empower lives.

    For more information or to secure a support opportunity, please contact Todd Lyckberg at 415.447.0361 or tlyckberg@aao.org.

    Support Level Benefits
    Visionary 
    $75,000
    • Invitation for ten company representatives to attend the event
    • Special acknowledgement on the walk-in slide (shown before all sessions)
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by an Academy leader during the event
    • Special thank you signage prominently displayed in the convention center
    • Recognition by the Secretary for Annual Meeting at the Opening Session
    • Invitation for one company representative to be on the Orbital Gala Planning Committee
    • Accumulation of 15 Academy priority points
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2025 donor wall
    Innovator
    $50,000
    • Invitation for six company representatives to attend the event
    • Special acknowledgement on the walk-in slide (shown before all sessions)
    • Special thank you signage prominently displayed in the convention center
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by an Academy leader during the event
    • Accumulation of 10 Academy priority points
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2025 donor wall
    Partner
    $25,000
    • Invitation for four company representatives to attend the event
    • Special acknowledgement on the walk-in slide (shown before all sessions)
    • Special thank you signage prominently displayed in the convention center
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by an Academy leader during the event
    • Accumulation of 5 Academy priority points
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2025 donor wall
    Supporter
    $10,000
    • Invitation for one company representative to attend the event
    • Special acknowledgement on the walk-in slide (shown before all sessions)
    • Special thank you signage prominently displayed in the convention center
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by an Academy leader during the event
    • Accumulation of 2 Academy priority points
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2025 donor wall

     

     

    Silent Auction: In-Kind Donations

    Industry can donate ophthalmic equipment, services or many other items and promote the company to Academy members. The auction is open to all Academy members who can bid via smartphone or computer. We recognize all auction donors and provide additional benefits based on the item. For more information, please contact Todd Lyckberg at 415.447.0361 or tlyckberg@aao.org.

    To donate an item, please complete and submit the donation form (PDF, 117KB).  Note items are subject to review by the auction committee. 

     
    "We are excited, once again, to have the opportunity to support the event . By donating products, such as our SIGMA® 250 Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope, we are able to educate diligent eye care professionals about our products and donate to a great cause." –Lindsay Morgan, Director of Marketing, HEINE USA Ltd.
     
    "We donated a Toric Alignment 3-piece system to last year’s silent auction. We enjoyed the opportunity to support the Foundation’s work. In addition, our donation led to a greater interest in our products. We highly recommend it!"–Alyssa Mastel Krautbauer, VP Marketing, Mastel Precision Surgical Instruments 
     

    *Charitable donations to the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology are tax deductible as provided by law. For tax purposes, your deduction is limited to the amount that exceeds the value of any goods or services received. It is the policy of the Foundation that a portion of the gifts and/or income there from is used to defray the costs of raising and administering the funds. The Foundation has been established as a 501(c)(3) for conducting non-profit, charitable, educational, and scientific activities.