• 2018 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 2018. 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 2018. 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 this year's auction items.

    To donate an item, please complete and submit the following form. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Lyckberg at 415.447.0361 or tlyckberg@aao.org. Please note that all items are subject to review by the auction committee.

    Donation Value Benefits
    $30,000+ • Six complimentary tickets
    • Full-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

     $20,000 - $29,999 • Four complimentary tickets
    • Half-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

    $10,000 - $19,999 • Two complimentary tickets
    • Quarter-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 $9,999 • Recognition on Foundation and auction websites, on event signage and program, and in the Foundation annual report


     

    In-Kind Donations are a Win-Win

    This past year, we donated Optos California Ultra-Widefield (UWF™) Retina Imaging Device for the Orbital Gala’s silent action. The auction enhances our visibility among our key customers and is a great way to support the Academy’s mission of protecting sight and empowering lives. The Orbital Gala is an exceptional marketing opportunity for our company. We wouldn’t miss it for the world!
    -Leslie Amodei, VP of Global Marketing, Optos

    “It has been wonderful to be a part of the Orbital Gala. By donating products, such as our SIGMA® 250 Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope, we receive extra exposure for our company and are able to donate to a great cause.” -Lindsay Morgan, Director of Marketing, HEINE USA


    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
    Champion 
    $15,000
    • Six complimentary tickets
    • Full-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Priority access for dinner seating and buffet
    • Recognition  in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation website; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report and donor wall

    Patron 
    $10,000
    • Four complimentary tickets
    • Half-page ad in the tribute gift/event program
    • Priority access for dinner seating and buffet
    • Recognition in the following ways: from podium by CEO; on event signage; on the Foundation website; in Academy Express e-newsletter and Foundation annual report and donor wall

    Star
    $5,000
    • Two complimentary tickets
    • Quarter-page ad in the tribute book/event program
    • Recognition on Foundation website, event signage and Foundation annual report and donor wall






















    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.