• News From the Chair

    Winter 2020

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    The 2019 Orbital Gala Was a Sold-Out Success

    By all measures, the 16th annual Orbital Gala was an outstanding event. More than 400 guests attended the sold-out Hollywood-themed fundraiser at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco during AAO 2019. We honored our beloved friend and colleague, Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, for his extraordinary contributions to ophthalmology. And we raised more than $180,000 in support of the Academy's new Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™, currently under construction at Academy headquarters. Save the date — Nov. 15 — for the 17th annual Orbital Gala in Las Vegas.


    Attendees pose at the 2019 Orbital Gala.
    Left to right: Actor impersonating Charlie Chaplin,
    Peter A. Quiros, MD, Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD,
    Heather Moss, MD, PhD, Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD,
    Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, and an actor impersonating
    Marilyn Monroe

    Almost There! $11 Million Raised for New Museum of the Eye

    In late 2017, the foundation launched a campaign to raise $12 million for a new, brick-and-mortar museum at Academy headquarters. To date, we have reached $11 million thanks to our magnificent members, industry associates and the public. 

    Now, as we near an opening date in the next few months, we hope you will help us cross the $12 million finish line by donating to the Foundation's museum fundraising campaign

    We offer a variety of ways to give — from named gifts to pledges to legacy gifts — for members who would like to support the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye™. Questions? Contact the foundation's executive director, Tina McGovern, at tmcgovern@aao.org.  


    Museum donors and others attended a special preview
    reception prior to AAO 2019. Left to right: James Ravin, MD,
    S. Lance Forstot, MD, FACS, George Rosenwasser, MD,
    Miriam Rosenwasser, Jay Galst, MD, Jenny Benjamin,
    Michael Marmor, MD, and Nancy Ravin.


    Giving Tuesday Raises Over $9,000 for Education

    On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, the foundation raised over $9,000 from caring folks such as yourselves. Thank you for participating in our first annual text-to-give program. Sign up here if you would like to opt in to foundation announcements. A special shoutout goes to our very generous matching donors Samuel Masket, MD, Virginia and Timothy Olsen, MD, David Hunter, MD, PhD and Constance West, MD. These funds support the Academy's education, quality of care and service programs.


    As always, thank you for supporting the Academy's many innovative programs. Feel free to contact me any time at gskuta@aao.org.



    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Claire Lewis, Development Manager, at clewis@aao.org or +1 415.447.0356.