News From the Chair
Christie L. Morse, MD
Chair, Foundation Advisory Board
I’m excited to announce that this year’s Orbital Gala special honoree is none other than Dunbar Hoskins! If you plan to attend AAO 2017 in New Orleans, I hope you can join the Academy Foundation on Sunday, Nov. 12 to celebrate Dunbar’s career and legacy. Our 14th annual fundraiser will be at the fun and festive Mardi Gras World in the heart of the Big Easy.
This is also a great opportunity to see old friends, dine, dance, enjoy live entertainment, get great silent auction deals and see Mardi Gras floats up close. Proceeds will support the Academy educational, quality of care and service programs close to Dunbar’s heart.
Orbital Gala Honors H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD
As an internationally recognized glaucoma specialist and the Academy’s executive vice president for 16 successful years, Dunbar has been a champion for ophthalmic education, technological innovation and physician and patient advocacy.
Under his strategic vision, the Academy launched the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network in 2007, the world’s leading online resource for ophthalmic education. And in 2009, we established the H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, Center for Quality Eye Care to honor his lifelong commitment to evidence-based care and health policy research. He has meant so much to our profession – as a leader, colleague, mentor and friend. We’re thrilled to honor him this year.
You can purchase Orbital Gala tickets and make a tribute gift in Dunbar’s honor online. Those making a gift of $250 or more can place a congratulatory message in his commemorative tribute book. Donations are tax deductible and will benefit either the ONE Network or the Hoskins Center – whichever you choose.
Giving Back Through Planned Giving
The Academy has helped shape who we are as ophthalmologists by providing top-tier continuing education and guiding us to become better physicians. I encourage you to give back by including the Foundation in your will or trust. It’s a convenient, significant way to support the Academy programs you care about, and may also provide tax benefits.
Former Academy President George E. Garcia, MD, shares why he decided to include the Foundation in his estate plan: “The Academy provides great value to its members. When I was in practice, the range and quality of educational resources meant a great deal to me. I made a bequest to the Academy Foundation to ‘pay it forward’ for future generations of ophthalmologists and to benefit our patients." Learn more about planned giving
Program Impact: EyeCare America
A program that could benefit from a bequest is EyeCare America. Since 1985, more than 1.8 million individuals have been helped through this Foundation-funded program. Retired businessman and avid hiker Ernest Tschannen was diagnosed with uveitis and open-angle glaucoma when he was in his 80s. He struggled with reading and driving, and his medicated eye drops had stopped working. Luckily, glaucoma shunt surgery helped Ernest regained much of his sight, letting him continue his active lifestyle.
EyeCare America makes it possible for people like Ernest to receive comprehensive eye exams to diagnose and treat debilitating eye disease. Qualifying individuals age 65 or older may be eligible for a medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost. EyeCare America changes lives every day, and it exists due to donor support.
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