• 2020 VIRTUAL Orbital Gala


    Gala Chairs Ron and Wendy Pelton at 2019 Orbital Gala.

    Like so many fundraising events in this unusual time, the Orbital Gala, too, has been reimagined. Our goal is to orchestrate an event that brings our community together, is high-energy and exciting, and serves its purpose to raise funds for important Academy programs. To do all of this and ensure the health and safety of our guests, the 2020 Orbital Gala will be an all-virtual event.

    All you extroverts, don’t despair -- virtual does not mean boring! Our 17th annual Orbital Gala will be the best yet – a fast-paced revelry complete with drinks and appetizers (bartender and chef not included), some laugh-inducing entertainment, and of course, a gripping auction. With a virtual event, we expect more attendees than usual from all over the U.S. and world.

    Plan now to join us on Saturday evening, November 14th for the 5:00 pm PST pre-show, with the Gala festivities beginning at 5:30 pm.

    REGISTRATION COMING SOON! Please check back for updates.

    We can’t wait to see you in your favorite vintage Vegas outfit, show costume, or – heck, your Venetian PJ’s if that floats your gondola.

    Please note: David J. Noonan, the Academy’s well-loved, former deputy executive vice president, was to be this year’s gala honoree. He has graciously agreed to let us honor him next year instead, when we will be able to give him the full tribute treatment he deserves. If you have already generously donated in his honor, we will provide a refund.

    As in years past, the Orbital Gala will be the social event of AAO 2020. See the fun we had in San Francisco and learn why others attend.

    To donate an item to the online auction, please contact Tina McGovern at tmcgovern@aao.org or Todd Lyckberg at tlyckberg@aao.org.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Thank you for your support!

    Gala Chairs

    Ron Pelton, MD, PhD
    Wendy Pelton