The Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR) Silent Auction raises funds for the ARVO Foundation. These funds are designated to support travel grants for women.
At the 2016 Annual Meeting, a dozen silent auction items were available for bid over the course of two days. Items ranged from hand-crafted wooden pens made by ARVO member Joyce Tombran-Tink, PhD, FARVO to tickets to a Boston Red Sox game to a painting made by an artist who is the recipient of a cornea transplant. For the first time, bidders had a chance to win time with Sir Peng Khaw and John E. Dowling, PhD, FARVO who donated their time for a 30-minute meeting with the winning bidder.
In total, the Silent Auction raised over $1,800 – enough to support travel grants for two female scientists to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting.