• 2019 Orbital Gala Support Opportunities

    Looking for a new, cost-effective way to raise your profile with Academy members? The Orbital Gala is the premier social event at AAO 2019. It is a favorite among Academy leaders and ophthalmologists from around the world. Average attendance is 400.

    In-Kind Donations: Promote Your Product to all Academy Members

    Donate equipment, goods or services and promote your company before and during AAO 2019. The auction will be open to all U.S. members via online/mobile bidding.We also welcome other in-kind donations such as resort/vacation home stays, fine wine, and event tickets. 

    Previous auction donations include an Optos California, a Lumenis Selecta II Laser, an Ellman Dual Surgitron, a Zeiss IOLMaster500, and luxury suite tickets for a Knicks or Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. See last year's auction items.

    To donate an item, please complete and submit the following form. If you have any questions, please contact Claire Lewis at 415.447.0356 or clewis@aao.org. Please note that all items are subject to review by the auction committee. 

    "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.

     

     Donation Value Benefits
    $50,000+
    • A table for eight guests with prominent seating*
    • Invitation for two guests to the AAO 2019 President's Reception*
    • Special recognition section in the Annual Report's Orbital Gala spread*
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • Full page ad in the tribute book/event program 
    • Premiere recognition  in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation and auction websites; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report
     $30,000 - $49,999
    • Six complimentary tickets
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • 1-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Recognition  in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation and auction websites; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report
    $15,000 - $29,999
    • Four complimentary tickets
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • Half-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Recognition on Foundation and auction websites, on event signage and in the Foundation annual report
    Up to $14,999 • Recognition on Foundation and auction websites, on event signage and program, and in the Foundation annual report


     *Brand new benefits this year! 

     


    Event Sponsorship

    Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity for informal networking and prominent visibility for your company. All sponsorships are considered charitable donations that directly support the Academy's mission to improve patient care. Event ticket and auction sales to physicians and their guests directly cover the buffet meal and other costs associated with the event.

    Support Level Benefits
    Visionary 
    $25,000+
    • A table for eight guests with prominent seating*
    • Invitation for two guests to the AAO 2019 President's Reception*
    • Special recognition section in the Annual Report's Orbital Gala spread*
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • Full page ad in the tribute book/event program 
    • Premiere recognition  in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation and auction websites; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report
    Innovator  
    $15,000
    • Six complimentary tickets
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • 1-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Recognition  in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation and auction websites; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report
    Partner
    $7,500
    • Four complimentary tickets
    • Invitation for one guest to the Foundation Donor Reception* 
    • Half-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Recognition on Foundation and auction websites, on event signage and in the Foundation annual report

     *Brand new benefits this year! 

     

    NEW! A La Carte Sponsorships

    Sponsorship Type Amount Description Benefits

    Photo Booth sponsorship

    $5,000

    Fun photos for guests

    Signage with company name and logo displayed next to photo booth 

    Entertainment Sponsorship

    $10,000

    Live music and entertainment

    Same benefits as Partner level plus dedicated signage onstage

    Silent Auction & Reception Sponsorship

    $15,000

    The opportunity to underwrite the gala’s 1-hour reception that proceeds dinner

    Same benefits as Innovator level, plus dedicated signage and branded signature cocktail with sign. For example, the “AAO Sour.” 



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

    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.