News From the Chair
Christie L. Morse, MD
Chair, Foundation Advisory Board
Happy New Year! I’d like to personally thank you for so generously supporting the Academy Foundation and the programs that benefit us all. I’m pleased to share a few recent highlights.
Truhlsens Donate $500,000 to Support Ophthalmic Education
The Foundation is truly grateful to longtime supporters and Visionary Society members Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and his wife, Dottie, for making a generous $500,000 pledge to support ophthalmic education. The Dr. Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Simulation Education Initiative Endowment Fund will support state-of-the-art simulation and interactive learning technology on the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network. The fund will undoubtedly advance physician education and transform patient care worldwide.
ONE Network Phase II Campaign is CompleteThrough the generosity of industry, foundations and individual donors, the Foundation reached its $10 million fundraising goal to complete the second major phase of ONE Network development. These funds will support the development and worldwide accessibility of new content, including the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Pediatric Ophthalmology Education Center and the David E. I. Pyott Glaucoma Education Center. There’s still more to do to keep this extremely valuable resource going, however. The ONE Network remains a priority for the Foundation. For information on naming opportunities or to make a gift, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orbital Gala Raises More Than $190,000
Thank you to those who attended the Orbital Gala in Chicago to honor Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH, for 30+ years of service to the Academy. More than 400 guests wore their favorite animal print and took a “Walk on the Wild Side” at the Field Museum, posing for photos with Sue the T. rex and enjoying a delicious buffet dinner and dancing. The silent auction, open for the first time to all U.S. members, was our most successful to date, generating bidding wars on ophthalmic equipment, sports tickets, jewelry, wine and spirits. View photos
Establish Your Legacy with a Planned Gift
Education is and always will be of profound importance to our profession. And for many of us, being a physician is much more than a career – it’s our life’s work. You can continue this work when you include the Academy in your will or trust. Planned gifts improve the lives of future generations of ophthalmologists and their patients. And they’re a great way for you and your loved ones to reap significant tax benefits! Learn more online or contact Todd Lyckberg at 415.447.0361 or email@example.com.
Have a healthy, happy 2017! I always welcome questions or feedback from you. Feel free to drop me a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.