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

    News From the Chair

    Spring 2022

    The Foundation Advisory Board and staff are so grateful to all who gave back to support Academy programs last year. We raise a glass to you with hope for a steady recovery all around the world. We have many exciting programs planned.

    NIGHT UNDER THE STARS AT THE ORBITAL GALA 2022

    Christie L. Morse, MD, and the Orbital Gala Committee invite you to the 19th annual Orbital Gala at the Adler Planetarium on Sunday, Oct 2, in Chicago. This elegant cocktail party featuring one-of-a-kind auction treasures will support vital Academy programs and will be the highlight of the annual meeting! We are pleased to honor Susan H. Day, MD, for her commitment to ophthalmology and her patients. Look for the link in June to make a tribute gift and have your message and photo included.



    THE PARKE CENTER CAMPAIGN

    The Academy is building a new conference center at Academy headquarters that will enhance our ability to build and strengthen relationships with ophthalmic leaders and key partners. Named after former Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD, the Parke Center will leverage existing plans to upgrade the current courtyard and adjacent spaces. Thank you to our founding fund partners, the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. and David and Molly Pyott, and all of our generous supporters to date. The Foundation seeks to raise $2.5 million to create this new jewel and to date has raised over $1.4 million dollars. Join our donor wall today and be acknowledged as a founder in the future.

    PLANNED GIVING

    The 1896 Legacy Society, named for the year the Academy was founded, is a special group of donors who have included the foundation in their estate plans through cash gifts, bequests or other planned gifts. We would be honored to count you among its members. When you give to the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation through your will, trust or retirement plan, you create a legacy that will foster education for generations of your colleagues and improve their patients’ care. Learn more.

    REDUCING THE BURDEN OF MYOPIA

    The prevalence of myopia has been increasing and is an important cause of visual impairment. The Academy is leading the charge to reduce the global burden of myopia by delaying myopia onset in children and reducing myopic progression in children and adolescents. Donate to the Foundation’s ophthalmic education fund to help the Academy continue its important work.

    AN EASY, AUTOMATED WAY TO GIVE BACK

    There’s a new, easy way to support Academy programs. Make a monthly or quarterly recurring gift and never think about it again while your dollars work on behalf of patients globally.

    Thank you again for your continued support of the Academy Foundation. I wish you all the best as we look forward to AAO 2022 and this year’s Orbital Gala in Chicago! Contact me any time at gskuta@aao.org.

    Warmest regards,
    Greg

     

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