• 2021 HYBRID Orbital Gala Support Opportunities

    Looking for a creative, cost-effective way to raise your profile with Academy members? Sponsor the Academy Foundation’s 18th annual Orbital Gala.

    We’re back! Orbital Gala chairs Dr. Ron and Wendy Pelton are delighted to welcome you to the Academy Foundation’s 18th annual fundraising event. Since we haven’t seen each other in two years, this year’s gala will be more exciting than ever. Get spiffy for the “Masquerade” and join us in person to party for the best cause – Academy programs like Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring, the ONE® Network, Global Myopia Initiative, EyeCare America® and more. Can't come to New Orleans? Join us virtually! (more info on virtual event coming soon)

    This year we will host a live event with a virtual component on Sunday, Nov. 14 in New Orleans. We are excited because we will have a larger than ever audience of ophthalmologists from the U.S. and around the world! Please consider joining other ophthalmic companies by sponsoring the event or making an in-kind product or service donation.  

    The Orbital Gala is the premier social event at AAO 2021. It’s a must-attend for Academy leaders and ophthalmologists from around the globe. Supporting is a cost-effective and impactful way to get noticed by our Academy members. The event will be open to all 32,000 Academy members – maximizing your exposure.

     

    Event Sponsorship

    Orbital Gala 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 
    $25,000+
    • Invitation for four company representatives to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for six guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by the Academy CEO
    • Special company thank you before the event
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall
    Innovator
    $15,000
    • Invitation for two company representatives to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for four guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special company thank you before the event on the countdown
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall
    Partner
    $7,500
    • Invitation for one company representative to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for two guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special company thank you immediately after the event
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall

     

     

    Silent Auction: In-Kind Donations

    Donate ophthalmic equipment or services and promote your company to Academy members before and during AAO 2021. Participants bid via smartphone or computer.

    To donate an item, please complete and submit the donation form. Please note that all items are subject to review by the auction committee. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the Academy Foundation at 415.447.0386 or faao@aao.org.

     Donation Value Benefits
    $50,000+
    • Invitation for four company representatives to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for six guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special acknowledgment and thank you by the Academy CEO
    • Special company thank you before the event
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall
     $30,000 - $49,999
    • Invitation for two company representatives to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for four guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special company thank you before the event
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall
    $15,000 - $29,999
    • Invitation for one company representative to attend the live reception
    • Virtual attendance for two guests at the Orbital Gala
    • Special company thank you immediately after the event
    • Acknowledgment in event materials, including the website, and promotional e-mails
    • Special thank you ad in EyeNet® Magazine for our Orbital Gala corporate sponsors/donors
    • Recognition in the Academy Foundation annual report, on aao.org and the AAO 2022 donor wall


     

    "As a long time exhibitor to the Academy, we are pleased to also be a donor to the Foundation. A gift-in-kind donation (our Video Magnifier) was an easy and efficient way to show our support. Additionally we were pleased to be recognized in the promotional materials, encouraging members to stop by our booth. We will continue to support the Orbital Gala and the Foundation! –Tim Gels, Director of Marketing, Eschenbach
     
    "We are excited, once again, to have the opportunity to support the Orbital Gala. 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 
     
    "For the 2018 Orbital Gala, we donated an Ophthalmic Diagnostic Set for the silent auction. We appreciate this excellent marketing opportunity for our company and enjoy supporting Academy programs!"–Dorothy Rizzo, Lead Specialist-Sales Operations, Welch Allyn, Inc.

     

     

     

     

    *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.