• News From the Chair

    Fall 2019

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    AAO 2019 is Almost Here

    AAO 2019 is just around the corner! I hope to see you in San Francisco, Oct. 12–15. The Foundation will have a desk in the Academy Resource Center, West Hall, Booth 7337. Stop by to speak with our staff about the new Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™ fundraising campaign. If you are an EyeCare America® volunteer, plan to pick up a special thank you gift.


    Score Some Great Deals in the Orbital Gala Auction

    A big thank you to those who purchased tickets for the 16th annual Orbital Gala. The Hollywood-themed fundraiser takes place on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Tickets are going fast, so get them before it’s too late. If you are not attending the Orbital Gala this year, you can still bid on items online.

    Bid on a four-night stay at Porto Elounda Golf Spa in Greece.

    The silent auction opens to all U.S. members on Oct. 4, and bidding is easy and fun on our mobile app. Get amazing deals on one-of-a-kind silent auction items such as a four-night stay and fly-fishing trip at Utah’s Teton Valley Lodge, a four-night stay at Porto Elounda Golf Spa in Greece (pictured above), an Optos California ag Ultra-Widefield Imaging System, an Iridex Cyclo G6™ Glaucoma Laser System, an autographed Golden State Warriors basketball, Marion Parke and St. John gift certificates, and much more. View a select list of items.


    Honor Bruce E. Spivey MD, MS, MEd, on Our ‘Hollywood’ Red Carpet

    At the 2019 Orbital Gala we are excited to honor our beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Bruce Spivey.

    With energy, vision and leadership, Dr. Spivey has grown and strengthened many institutions, including the Academy, the International Council of Ophthalmology, Pacific Vision Foundation, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Columbia-Cornell Care and others. Although the tribute book has been printed, you can still make a gift now in honor of Dr. Spivey or do so during AAO 2019 at the Foundation desk in the Academy Resource Center, West Hall, Booth 7337. Dr. Spivey will be notified of each gift made in his honor.


    Remember the Foundation on Giving Tuesday and at Year-End

    What Academy programs have you most enjoyed? To whom in your life would you like to pay tribute? On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, and at year-end, you can express your appreciation with a gift to the Academy Foundation. Consider supporting Academy programs such as the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network, the IRIS® Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight), EyeCare America®, global outreach and the Museum of the Eye. Your tax-deductible gift can be made in honor or memory of someone special.


    Help Future Ophthalmologists Succeed: Join the 1896 Legacy Society

    Whether you are currently practicing or enjoying retirement, this is the right time to consider your legacy and explore meaningful ways to give back to your profession. One way to do this is through the 1896 Legacy Society. Named for the Academy’s founding year, the 1896 Legacy Society comprises donors who have included the Academy Foundation in their estate plans. Through your legacy, future generations of ophthalmologists will be better positioned to succeed and create lasting legacies of their own. Plus, you and your loved ones may reap significant tax benefits.


    To those of you attending AAO 2019, safe travels! And as always, feel free to contact me any time at gskuta@aao.org.



    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Claire Lewis, Development Manager, at clewis@aao.org or +1 415.447.0356.