It was great to see our colleagues at AAO 2022 in Chicago. I hope you all had safe travels to and from the annual meeting. It was the best of times in my home state of Illinois and in a city I dearly love, and it is a pleasure to share news of the Foundation with you.
A Successful Orbital Gala 2022!
The 19th Annual Orbital Gala was held at Chicago's iconic Adler Planetarium. Our Orbital Gala chair, Christie L. Morse, MD, and her dedicated committee of volunteers worked tirelessly to make this year’s Orbital Gala Auction a huge success.
Those who joined us in person bid on exciting items donated by our Gala Committee members, from the AAO 2023 San Francisco Meeting Package to the Hawaiian getaway, Kentucky bourbons, and California wines.
We were delighted to celebrate our dear friend Susan H. Day, MD, 2022 Gala Honoree, for a lifetime of accomplishments as well as Frank Brodie, MD, the Artemis Award winner, for his work in advocating and enhancing care for pediatric patients with craniofacial abnormalities. It was a thrilling night!
Hope to see you all in San Francisco for the 20th Anniversary Orbital Gala celebration in November 2023.
2022 Annual Report: Education and Care for All
Read the Foundation annual report, "Education and Care for All", to learn how our donors chose to give back to the profession and our patients during this past year. We opened the doors of the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye®; launched a new campaign to build a state-of-the-art conference center named for former CEO David W. Parke II, MD; supported EyeCare America®; increased funding to expand the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program; introduced exciting initiatives for the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network; and so much more. We hope you take immense pride in the ways your generosity helped all of us be extraordinary. 2021-2022 Foundation Annual Report - American Academy of Ophthalmology (aao.org)
Make Your Tax-Smart Year-End Giving Donations by Dec. 31
As we say goodbye to 2022, we ask you to consider a year-end gift. Your generosity of a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31 will ensure that the programs you count on as an ophthalmologist are constantly evolving and innovating to create educational experiences that impact you and your patients. Protecting Sight and Empowering Lives is not just a brand statement, but one we live out everyday thanks to your investment in your Academy. Continue to help us build a better future for the patients we serve. Remember, you can now choose to make a monthly or quarterly recurring gift. Donate today.
It is so important to give back to your profession. With a planned gift, you can secure your legacy and help provide for the future.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Academy Foundation. I wish you all a delightful Thanksgiving holiday. I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory L. Skuta, MD
Chair, Foundation Advisory Board