Foundation Advisory Board
  B. Thomas Hutchinson, MD, Chair
  Tony McClellan, President
  Kevin J. Buehler
  Robin Cook, MD
  David D. Goodwin
  Hans R. Grieshaber
  H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD
  Eugene S. Katz
  James V. Mazzo
  Charles R. Munnerlyn, PhD
  Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD
  Sushil K. Premchand
  David E.I. Pyott, CBE
  Timothy R.G. Sear
  William Tasman, MD

  Orbital Gala
  Planning Committee
  William Tasman, MD and
  Alice Lea Tasman, Chairs
  Ruth D. Williams, MD
  Michelle E. Andreoli, MD
  Dimitri T. Azar, MD
  Charles S. Bouchard, MD
  Philip B. Dray, MD
  Tamara R. Fountain, MD
  Stephen C. Gieser, MD
  Mark J. Greenwald, MD
  Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD
  Kirk H. Packo, MD
  Nicholas J. Volpe, MD


2012 Orbital Gala Silent Auction Preview

Orbital Gala guests will be able to bid on ophthalmic equipment,vacations,signed memorabilia, fine wine and much more.Purchase your Orbital Gala ticket and enter your bids during the cocktail reception. All auction proceeds will directly benefit the Academy's educational, quality of care research and service programs. Below is just a small sampling of the exceptional items that will be featured in this year's silent auction.




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Optos® OCT SLO System

Access outcomes of therapies, detect retinal functions, capture structural changes with this state-of-the-art OCT system. With outstanding image quality, the Optos OCT SLO system is the only OCT on the market that splits a single beam of light and delivers it through two channels to create two different sets of images. One channel is used to create Spectra lOCT B-scans and the second channel creates a high resolution confocal SLO image of the fundus.

The device comes with a one-year warranty and includes shipping and installation within the continental U.S.

Visit Optos (Booth 720) at the 2012 Joint Meeting.

Donated by Optos 









Lumenis Selecta® II
SLT Laser System

Q-Switched Frequency-Doubled
532 nm ND:Yag

The Selecta II delivers effective treatment of open angle glaucoma with fewer side effects and greater cost savings. The system requires a dedicated Convergent Optics slit lamp (Haag-Streit BM/BQ-equivalent slit lamp with tonometer post; not included).

This refurbished unit comes with one-year warranty and includes shipping and installation within the continental U.S.

Visit Lumenis (Booth 3438) at the 2012 Joint Meeting.

Donated by Lumenis








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This head-worn binocular indirect ophthalmoscope (BIO) features a comfortable headband with soft cushions, and is adjustable for height and width.

  • Optics weight of just four ounces, making it the lightest full-featured BIO on the market.
  • Only convertible BIO available – change from a headband to a spectacle mount.
  • Two integrated spot sizes – large and small.
  • Integrated red-free filter with additional filters available as accessories.
  • Variable pupil feature allows for views in pupils 10mm to 2mm.
  • Interpupilary distance of 48mm to 74mm to accommodate all users.

Visit HEINE (Booth 3552) at the 2012 Joint Meeting.

Donated by HEINE USA, Ltd.












$1,500 Gift Certificate for Storz® Instruments

Choose from hundreds of reusable or single-use instruments from Bausch + Lomb's world-renowned Storz brand of microsurgical instrumentation. The Storz line has surgical and diagnostic applications in general ophthalmology, refractive, vitreoretinal, oculoplastics and more.

Visit Bausch + Lomb (Booth 3126) at the 2012 Joint Meeting.

Donated by Bausch + Lomb 




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Aloha from Maui!

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Haleakala and the azure blue of the Pacific Ocean, the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa captivates and delights the senses. Enjoy the lush, Polynesian beauty of this Waldorf Astoria resort for four luxurious nights in ocean view accommodations.

Situated on 40 lush acres, the hotel opens onto beautiful Wailea Beach, voted one of the best beaches in America. Enjoy an array of activities: relax at the Spa Grande, spend a day at the pools, or make plans for golf, tennis, snorkeling or sightseeing.

Donated by the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa




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2013 Annual Meeting Stay at the Windsor Court Hotel

Next November, enjoy five nights at the Windsor Court Hotel, the only four-star/four-diamond hotel in New Orleans. The Windsor Court is perfectly located within walking distance of the French Quarter and the Garden District. It features 800-plus square foot suites, each superbly appointed with marble baths and balconies with impressive river views.

During your stay, you will be surrounded by the Windsor Court's extraordinary collection of fine art gathered from around the world. Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have consistently named the Windsor Court among the top hotels in the world.

Donated by the Windsor Court Hotel






You Won't Belize Your Senses!

Need the perfect secluded getaway? Enjoy three relaxing nights in a Signature Suite at the Maruba Resort Jungle Spa nestled in the lush jungles of Belize. This hip but tranquil resort transports guests from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maruba blends Mayan, Creole and African influences, and offers all-natural spa treatments derived from ancient techniques. You can also take a jungle horseback ride, or visit Lamanai, the ancient Mayan Temple of the God of the Submerged Crocodile, which is accessible only by jungle riverboat ride. 

Maruba was voted "Best Boutique Spa" by Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards.

Donated by Maruba Resort Jungle Spa 


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Costa Rican Adventure

Be swept off your feet by beautiful Costa Rica with a three-night stay in a deluxe room at the luxury Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose! Voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, this beautiful colonial hacienda is set on a 30-acre coffee plantation.

In addition to its unique architecture and elegant antiques, the hotel features exceptional service and a relaxing ambiance. Experience fine dining, delectable tapas and wines at La Isabela, known as one of the best restaurants in San Jose. 

Donated by Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose







Escape to Paradise: Island of Nevis

Enjoy seven days of gorgeous views and island charm in a 2BR/2BA private home in the exotic British West Indies.

You'll have access to a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and beautiful gardens at the nearby Golden Rock Estate, set 1,000 feet above sea level by the edge of the rainforest. 

Donated by Patricia Bonsall


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A Heavenly Week on Useppa Island

Relax during a seven-day stay at the charming Egret Cottage on the exclusive island of Useppa in beautiful Southern Florida. The 3 BR/3.5BA family holiday cottage overlooks the beach and Pine Island Sound.

Includes a kitchen, living room, beach-view dining area and a deck with three steps down to the beach. The cottage is situated on the gorgeous Pink Promenade, where you can stroll past banyan trees, oaks draped with Spanish moss and blooming orchids.

Donated by Tim and Judith Sear





A Week of Luxury on Amelia Island

Soak up the sun for seven relaxing days in an oceanfront 4BR/4BA condominium at Sea Chase on breathtaking Amelia Island off the coast of northeastern Florida. Located in an exclusive gated community at Summer Beach Resort, this gorgeous vacation home is within walking distance of a pool and tennis courts, and is close to golf, shopping, dining and the world-class Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Take a virtual tour

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Noonan







Chicago: Night on the Town

Enjoy one night at the Trump International Hotel & Tower®, a world-class boutique hotel with five-diamond service. The well-appointed, deluxe guestrooms have ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows displaying spectacular views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River or the city skyline.

Indulge in dinner for two at David Burke's Primehouse, rated a "Top 10 U.S. Steakhouse" by Gayot.com. Menu highlights include the award-winning 55-day aged rib eye and butter-poached lobster.

Donated by Trump Hotels and 
David Burke's 







Lights, Camera, Letterman!

It'll be big stars and big laughs with two tickets to a live show taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. Since 1993, the Late Show has welcomed a "who's who" of celebrity guests and the hottest names in music to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. From Stupid Pet Tricks to his signature Top Ten List, Letterman brings the laughs night after night.

Donated by the Late Show 
with David Letterman




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Borges & Irmao Colheita 1900 Port

This rare Portuguese wine was produced by Antonio Borges, owner of Quinta do Junco and the Borges & Irmao Bank. The wine was kept in cask until 1947, when he had the wine bottled at the company's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. It was reserved for the personal use of the Borges family. This bottle is from the remaining part of one of these parcels that has now become available.

Donated by Tony McClellan 



Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet

Savor a vertical of this highly rated cabernet sauvignon from the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley. Three bottles (750 ml), vintage 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Donated by Gloria and 
Paul Sternberg Jr., MD





Case of 1995 Pichon Longueville Lalande
French Bordeaux

Enjoy 12 bottles of this fine 96-point wine from Pauillac, France. Case will be shipped to the winning bidder.

Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Lindstrom


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The Eye as Art (No. 9): Retina and Optic Nerve

Framed 60" x 18"painting created exclusively for the Orbital Gala. Ophthalmologist Adam Reynolds, MD has crafted an Impressionist interpretation of combined SLO, OCT, HRT Spectralis and confocal microscopic imaging of retinal anatomy. This piece demonstrates the complexity and beauty of the organic structure of the retina, choroid, optic nerve and the nerve fiber layer. Impasto textured acrylic on hard art board and foam core.

Donated by Adam C. Reynolds, MD 



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The American President
Autographed Screenplay (Signed by Director Rob Reiner)

President Andrew Sheppard (Michael Douglas) woos environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) in this romantic comedy hit by Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally). Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), this screenplay crackles with his signature witty dialogue.

Package includes The American President DVD and signed 8 x 10 photo of Rob Reiner.

Donated by Rob Reiner


To donate an item for the Orbital Gala silent auction, contact Karen Duke at kduke@aao.org.

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