• Orbital Gala Raises More Than $190,000 for Academy Programs

    (l – r) Foundation Advisory Board President Tony McClellan;
    Foundation Advisory Board Chair Christie L. Morse, MD;
    Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD; 2016 honoree
    Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH; and Orbital Gala Chairs
    Ruth D. Williams, MD, and Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH.

    More than 400 guests took a “Walk on the Wild Side” at the 13th annual Orbital Gala on Oct. 16 at the Field Museum. The Academy Foundation fundraiser honored former EyeNet Chief Medical Editor Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH, for more than three decades of service to the Academy. The silent auction, open for the first time to all U.S. members, was our most successful to date, generating bidding wars on ophthalmic equipment, sports tickets, jewelry, wine and spirits. Guests also enjoyed the Field’s exhibits, cocktails, a buffet dinner, photos with Sue the T. rex and dancing.

    Join us in New Orleans for the 2017 Orbital Gala! For questions or to donate an item to next year's silent auction, contact Karen Duke at kduke@aao.org or 415.447.0356.

    Event Chairs

    Ruth D. Williams, MD and Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH

    Host Committee

    Chris Albanis, MD
    Kathryn A. Colby, MD, PhD
    Sonal R. Farzavandi, FRCS
    Mary Lou Lunde
    William F. Mieler, MD
    Christie L. Morse, MD
    Joseph T. Nezgoda, MD, MBA
    Purnima S. Patel, MD
    Ron Pelton, MD, PhD
    Peter A. Quiros, MD
    John R. Stechschulte, MD
    Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD
    Dalel Tartak, MD