• 2020 VIRTUAL Orbital Gala Raises Over $400,000 for Museum


    The 2020 Orbital Gala and Auction was virtual and FREE to all attendees. Thank you for bidding!

    Thanks to the Academy’s generous member community, the 17th annual Orbital Gala during AAO 2020 was a huge success! The first-ever virtual event attracted more than 800 supporters from all over the world and raised over $400,000 in support of the Academy’s Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™.  David W. Parke II, MD, Academy CEO, encouraged guests to bid on unique items including conversations with legends, vacations, jewelry, art and more. George A. Williams, MD, presented a matching gift of $50,000. The museum is set to open in 2021 at Academy headquarters, located in the heart of the tourist-rich Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco.

    See the fun we had.

    Orbital Gala 2020 Drinks & Bites
    Though we couldn’t see you in Las Vegas, we’re bringing some of the Sin City vibe to you with recommended drinks and bites. Check out these recipes from the city’s celebrity chefs, bartenders and hotels.

    AAO Orbital Gala 2020 Drinks Recipes | AAO Orbital Gala 2020 Bites Recipes

    Thank you for your support!

    Gala Chairs Ron and Wendy Pelton at 2019 Orbital Gala.