ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala

May 06, 2017 Baltimore, Maryland

ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner

The Saturday evening before the Annual Meeting, the ARVO Foundation hosts a dinner of over 400 members and friends of ARVO to honor individuals and organizations who have shown dedication to the ARVO Foundation and its mission. This evening among colleagues is a great start to the ARVO week. In 2016, the Gala raised over $124,000 to support the ARVO Foundation.

Please join us for the 2017 ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner!

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Hilton Baltimore
Key Ballroom

401 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 

Welcome reception: 7:00pm
Dinner and ceremony: 7:30pm
Dessert reception immediately to follow dinner.

New for 2017: All guests will have their choice of dinner entrée. You will receive an invitation to make your selection following the purchase of your ticket or table.

Individual tickets may be purchased when you register for the Annual Meeting or separately online. Advanced purchase is required. No tickets will be sold onsite.

Early-bird ticket price
: $275 (through March 3)
Regular ticket price: $325
U.S. tax deduction: The tax deductible portion of your purchase is $115 per early bird ticket and $165 per regular price ticket.

Table Sponsorships
There are two levels of table sponsorship which may be purchased using this form

Gold Table ($5,000)
Benefits include: 

  • VIP table for 10 guests
  • Recognition in the printed Gala program
  • Recognition on Gala signage
  • Listing on event website with name, logo and link of sponsor’s choosing 

Silver Table ($3,500)
Benefits include:

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Recognition in the printed Gala program
  • Recognition on Gala signage
  • Name listing on event website 

U.S. tax deduction: The tax deductible portion of your purchase is $1,900 per Silver Table and $3,400 per Gold Table.

2017 Table Sponsors

Mass Eye and Ear
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO, and Haydee Bazan, PhD, FARVO (2 tables)
Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO, and Robert P. Murphy, MD
Emory University
Fritch Family Foundation
Health Research Associates in honor of Sally Atherton, PhD
Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
The Lowy Medical Research Institute (3 tables)
Mass Eye and Ear
Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Stephen C. Pflugfelder, PhD, FARVO
Stella M. Robertson, PhD, and James D. Robertson, PhD
Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California - San Francisco
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Minnesota
University of Utah Moran Eye Center
USC Roski Eye Institute
Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine
Wills Eye Hospital
Wilmer Eye Institute

Event Sponsorships (NEW!) 
The ARVO Foundation is pleased to offer event sponsorships for the first time in Baltimore! Join the ARVO Foundation as an inaugural Visionary, Partner or Benefactor Sponsor. 

Download the sponsorship prospectus

ARVO Foundation Honorees 
The ARVO Foundation recognizes members of the ARVO community who have established themselves as leaders in eye and vision research and, in addition, have been integral to furthering the mission of the ARVO Foundation through volunteer service to ARVO and the ARVO Foundation and/or a history of financial support to the Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2017 ARVO Foundation Honorees:

Sally Atherton  William_Brunken Alcon Foundation
Sally S. Atherton, PhD, FARVO William J. Brunken, PhD, FARVO The Alcon Foundation 

View the list of previous ARVO Foundation Honorees

Dowling Society Induction 
The ARVO Foundation recognizes new members of the Dowling Society at the annual Gala. Dowling Society members have made a commitment of supporting the ARVO Foundation with a gift of $10,000 or more. 

2017 New Dowling Society Members* (To Date)

Lancey B. Cowan, JD, CAE
Dale D. Hunter, PhD, JD
Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO
Joel S. Schuman, MD, FARVO
David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO
Inger Williams, PhD
Thomas Yorio, PhD, FARVO
*To be recognized as a new Dowling Society member at the 2017 Gala, please make your commitment no later than April 1, 2017. Please contact Amanda Johnson at for more information.

Questions? Please contact the Amanda Johnson, Foundation Manager, at

Refund Policy

A written request must have been received by 5pm U.S. Eastern Time, April 1, 2017, in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after April 1, 2017 for any reason.

Gala Co-chairs
Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO

Cheryl Mae Craft, PhD, FARVO

Thank you to the 2017 Gala Host Committee members!

Questions? Please contact Amanda Johnson, Foundation Manager, at

View photos from the 2016 Gala