News From the Chair
Christie L. Morse, MD
Chair, Foundation Advisory Board
I’d like to kick off the new year with a huge thank-you to everyone who made a gift to the Foundation last year. Because of you, we can set the bar higher every day and move important programs forward. I look forward to updating you throughout the year on all the exciting things we’re accomplishing with your support.
Check out our 2016-2017 annual report to see the impact we’re making on education and patient care worldwide.
The Orbital Gala Honors H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD
Our 14th annual Orbital Gala on Nov. 12 in New Orleans was a memorable evening of good friends and great fun. Nearly 400 guests let the good times roll at Mardi Gras World, enjoying cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction in support of the Foundation’s mission. See photos
The undeniable highlight of the evening was our tribute to H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, the Academy’s executive vice president from 1993 – 2009. Among his many exceptional
Bravo, Dunbar! Dr. Hoskins was joined onstage by (l – r) Foundation Advisory Board President Tony McClellan; Foundation Advisory Board Chair Christie L. Morse, MD; Ann Hoskins; and Orbital Gala Chairs Ruth D. Williams, MD, and Stephen C. Gieser, MD, MPH.
achievements was the launch of the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. This state-of-the-art educational resource is now used by ophthalmologists in nearly 200 countries, and has changed the way we learn and practice.
To further honor Dunbar’s legacy, Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD, had the pleasure of announcing the launch of the Hoskins Center IRIS® Registry Research Fund. Established with a generous lead gift by Ann and Dunbar Hoskins, this new fund will support groundbreaking clinical studies that will analyze the IRIS Registry’s immense database to uncover new knowledge to prevent blindness and visual impairment.
“The IRIS Registry provides a wonderful opportunity to advance quality of care. We need to train ophthalmologists to extract pearls from the data to broaden our understanding of eye diseases and improve patient care,” said Dr. Hoskins.
In support of the new fund, gala guests participated in our first-ever Fund a Need paddle raise, bringing in more than $650,000 – including a generous $500,000 pledge from OMIC. To contribute, donate online and designate your gift to the Hoskins Center.
1896 Legacy Society and New Planned Giving Resources
I’m excited to announce the launch of the 1896 Legacy Society, named in honor of the year the Academy was founded. Members of this prestigious group have included the Foundation in their estate plans through cash gifts, bequests or other planned gifts.
1896 Legacy Society members are invited to our annual donor reception and other events, receive year-round acknowledgment and are given personalized support from the Foundation.
I encourage you to consider establishing a legacy gift and join the ranks of this great group. It’s a convenient, meaningful way to support the Academy programs you care about, and may also provide tax benefits. To help you get started, the Foundation has recently launched a new website with a host of great tools and helpful tips for establishing your estate plans.
Senior Secretary for Clinical Education and Board of Trustees member Louis B. Cantor, MD, shares why he decided to include the Foundation in his estate plan: “The Academy provides the education and professional support necessary to achieve the highest quality of patient care nationally and globally. Working with professional colleagues in support of the Academy’s mission continues to be a highlight of my professional career. My wife and I are pleased to be able to make a planned gift to help secure the future of our profession.”
Here’s to a healthy, productive 2018! I always welcome questions or feedback from you. Please feel free to drop me a line any time at email@example.com.