•     Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board

    News From the Chair

    Summer 2022

    We deeply appreciate your amazing generosity to the Academy Foundation. and look forward to seeing you at AAO 2022 in Chicago and thanking you in person.

    Join the Foundation at the Donor Appreciation Reception

    Donors will be invited to attend this invitation-only reception. Academy CEO Stephen McLeod and I will be on hand to thank you personally. Come and enjoy fine wines and hors d’oeuvres in the Museum of the Eye, Booth 1408.

    Save the Date for a Party That’s Out of This World!

    Join Orbital Gala 2022 Chair Christie L. Morse, MD, at the Academy Foundation’s 19th annual fundraising event. Savor a light dinner and hosted bar under the 36-foot-high domed ceiling in the Grainger Sky Theater at Chicago’s iconic Adler Planetarium. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues for a fun, memorable evening. 

    Buy Tickets

    Tickets are limited; get yours now at aao.org/foundation.

    Live Auction Fundraising Event Coming Soon!  

    Don’t miss the live and silent auctions featuring Conversations with Legends, unique items and exciting experiences. Auction preview begins Sept. 19, and bidding begins Sunday, Sept. 26. Proceeds benefit EyeCare America®.

    A Legacy of Service in Our Local Communities

    In 2021, the EyeCare America® program received 7,403 referrals for at-risk seniors and others who received no-cost eye exams and resources. Become an EyeCare America volunteer without leaving your office, and give back to your community. Volunteer today.

    Highlights From Our Museum’s First Year

    Since opening the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye® in July 2021, we’ve learned so much from what our visitors have shared with us. Read about our year of firsts and this surprisingly touching exhibit on the museum blog and watch the video.

    Support the Parke Center Campaign

    The Academy is building a new conference center, the Parke Center, named after former CEO David W. Parke II, MD. The foundation seeks to raise $2.5 million to create this new jewel and to date has raised over $1.4 million dollars. Donate now to be acknowledged as a founder in the future.

    Support the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

    The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program aims to increase diversity in ophthalmology. Your contribution will play an important part in building a physician membership that reflects the demographics of the patients we serve. Donate today and be recognized on the published list of donors.

    Honor Those Who’ve Impacted Your Life  

    Honor someone special who has made a positive professional impact on your life with a tribute gift which is deductible! Tell us what this mentor or colleague means to you, and it will be published on our website.

    Donor Advised Funds Are an Easy and Flexible Way to Give Back

    Discover the ease of opening a donor advised fund. Receive federal income tax deductions and decide which charities to support.

    Thank you for supporting the Academy Foundation and the ophthalmology community. I wish you a wonderful, healthy, and safe remainder of the summer. Contact me any time at gskuta@aao.org.

    See you in Chicago!

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at tmcgovern@aao.org or +1 415.561.8508.