The Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala showcases the visionaries and catalysts who share Glaucoma Research Foundation's mission to cure glaucoma.
The Annual Gala includes presentation of The Catalyst Award (Glaucoma Research Foundation's highest honor), the President's Reception, the gala dinner, and a spirited live auction.
The Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala took place on February 6, 2020 at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.
Gala guests enjoying the evening festivities
Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, PhD (University of California, San Diego) received the 2020 Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research for her research project "Eliminate to Protect." The prize was presented by David J. Calkins, PhD, Chair of the GRF Research Committee.
The 2020 Visionary Award was presented to Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD (left) by GRF Board Chair Andrew Iwach, MD.
The 2020 Catalyst Award was presented to Vicente Anido, Jr., PhD and Thomas A. Mitro of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tom Mitro (left) and Casey C. Kopczynski, PhD (center) accepted the award from Adrienne Graves, PhD (GRF Board of Directors).
Thomas A. Mitro (President & COO, Aerie Pharmaceuticals) accepted the 2020 Catalyst Award
The 2020 President's Award was presented to the Wilmoth Family to honor their dedicated commitment to glaucoma research, education, and advocacy. The award was presented by Thomas Brunner, GRF President and CEO (right).
Charles Wilmoth accepted the 2020 President's Award at the Annual Gala.
Christopher Wilmoth, now 17, was just 7 months old when his doctors diagnosed him with glaucoma.
Cathy Wilmoth and Christopher Wilmoth pose with their family's award
The Gala Live Auction (Fund-A-Scientist) raised more than $380,000 for glaucoma research.
Mike Kettles (right) and Oluwatosin Smith, MD (left) from the Cure Glaucoma Foundation announced a 3-year $150,000 pledge to support Glaucoma Research Foundation's Catalyst for a Cure Vision Restoration Initiative.
Following the Live Auction, Akorn Pharmaceuticals announced a $50,000 donation to support one researcher for a year. The corporate gift included support from an employee giving program during Glaucoma Awareness Month in January 2020. Pictured from left: Thomas Brunner, Douglas Boothe (Akorn President & CEO), and Adrienne Graves, PhD (GRF Board of Directors).
Save the date for next year's Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala — January 28, 2021.