The Annual Gala, the GRF’s primary fundraising event and the celebratory portion of the triad of activities this week, opened the 2020 version of Glaucoma 360 in grand fashion and had something for everyone, with accolades bestowed on innovators in research, medicine, and industry, as well as philanthropists.
The co-chairpersons of this year’s Annual Gala were Michele and Steven Kirsch.
Following a reception, the approximately 350 attendees were treated to silent and live auctions, dinner, and a matching gift opportunity as part of the Fund-A-Scientist Initiative. The goal of the fundraising live-auction Fund-A-Scientist project was $300,000, including $150,000 secured in advance as matching funds. Overall, the GRF’s goal is to raise more than $1 million to support its programs through the Glaucoma 360 events.
“The GRF’s Annual Gala is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate many of the extraordinary people, the donors, volunteers, and scientists, who support our mission to cure glaucoma, and for the researchers we fund to report on their progress and their goals for the coming year,” Brunner said.
The three-day Glaucoma 360 meeting spotlights the latest innovations in glaucoma technology, diagnostics, and therapies designed to help eradicate glaucoma.
The conference was co-founded by Adrienne L. Graves, PhD, a board member of GRF and an independent director on the boards of many ophthalmic companies, and Andrew G. Iwach, MD, chairman of the GRF board of directors, and executive director, Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. The pair envisioned bringing together research, medicine, industry, and philanthropy to focus on glaucoma.