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

    News From the Chair

    Fall 2021

    It was exciting to finally attend AAO 2021 in person. Most of us had not seen each other in person in two years. A lot has happened in that time, aside from the pandemic—graduations, weddings, babies, moves and retirements. I enjoyed catching up with those of you who came to New Orleans and celebrating our successes, not only in our careers, but in life.

    Orbital Gala 2021: A Sold-Out Success

    Despite our hardships, there’s so much to celebrate. This year’s gala honored David J. Noonan, former Academy deputy executive vice president, for his numerous contributions to our profession. Those of you with tickets for the in-person event enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie, entertainment and surprises. The auction was the most dramatic ever, featuring unique “Conversations With Legends” including actors Meryl Streep and Gordon Clapp; authors Robin Cook and Jody Picoult; Nobel Prize winner Michael W. Young, PhD; and NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry, as well as pilots, a rock ‘n’ roll manager, scholars and, of course, many of our own ophthalmology luminaries! Our Fund-a-Need appeal for the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program raised over $60,000! We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Orbital Gala in Chicago.

    Former Academy deputy executive vice president
    David J. Noonan was honored at the 2021 Orbital Gala.

    Now Is the Time to Honor Your Mentor

    The Foundation’s Honor a Mentor campaign gives donors an easy, meaningful way to pay tribute to those who have made a positive professional impact on our lives while supporting Academy programs. Join George A. Williams, MD; Jane C. Edmond, MD; Cheryl L. Huey, MD; David F. Chang, MD; Tamara R. Fountain, MD; myself and others who have honored their mentors. Donate to your fund of choice and tell us what your mentor or colleague has meant to you.

    Include the Foundation in Your Giving Tuesday and Year-End Giving Plans

    The Foundation is pleased to kick off the giving season with Giving Tuesday. Donors can join the global movement by supporting one of the Academy’s many educational, service and quality of care programs.

    New: Donors are now able to make monthly or quarterly recurring gifts, so you can choose to spread your payments out if you wish.

    As we say goodbye to 2021, we ask you to consider a year-end gift. Your generosity of a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31 will help sustain the ONE® Network, IRIS® Registry, EyeCare America®, and more — and create a better future for the patients we serve. Make a gift today.

    Annual Report: Future Forward

    Read the Foundation’s annual report, Future Forward, to learn how, despite the COVID curveball, the Foundation was able to exceed our goals, close the Museum of the Eye™ campaign and hold the most successful Orbital Gala ever. Donor Spotlights highlight why Jane C. Edmond, MD; Stella L. Luo, MD and Sunir J. Garg, MD; and James V. Mazzo make the Academy Foundation a priority for their charitable giving.

    Thank you again for your continued support of the Academy Foundation. I wish all of you delightful holidays and a happy, healthy new year. I love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me any time at gskuta@aao.org.

    Warmest regards,


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