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Annual Gala

Celebrating Innovation


ANNUAL GALA
Thusday, February 2, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

About

A highlight of each year’s three-day Glaucoma 360 event, the Annual Gala is a benefit dinner celebrating the scientists, advisors, donors, and volunteers who work together to advance the field of glaucoma and bring us closer to curing glaucoma and restoring vision. Join us at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square to celebrate innovation and the visionaries who share our mission.

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Honorees

CATALYST AWARD:
Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd
A specialized company dedicated to eye health

VISIONARY AWARD:
Ted and Melza Barr
Philanthropists and co-founders, Catalyst for a Cure Initiative to Prevent and Cure Neurodegeneration

INNOVATORS AWARD:
Mark A. Latina, MD
Internationally renowned glaucoma specialist and laser expert

Program

6:00 PM
President’s Reception

7:00 PM
Dinner, Live Auction, and Awards Presentation

9:00 PM
Innovators Circle Afterparty (By invitation only)

Attire is Black Tie Preferred.

Venue

All Glaucoma 360 events will be held at Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco.

Reserve your hotel room with our special group rate ($269.00 USD/plus tax per night)

Photos from last year’s gala

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2023 Annual Gala is “an in-person only” event. The Gala will not be live streamed. It will not be possible to attend virtually or view the Gala remotely.

If you need to update your registration with an attendee replacement, please send us an email with the details of your Gala registration and who will be attending in your place. ​Gala tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we are happy to convert your in-person ticket or table purchase to a tax-deductible donation to Glaucoma Research Foundation. Please send us an email to process your request by Tuesday January 31, 2023. All requests need to be processed by this date.

Unvaccinated individuals will not be able to attend, including those with medical or religious exemptions for vaccination.

By February 2, 2023, you must be two weeks past your final dose in the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations. In most cases this means you will need to have completed your primary series of vaccinations by January 19, 2023. Any of the accepted vaccines listed on the WHO Emergency Use List will be accepted for entry to Glaucoma 360 if the final shot is completed by January 19, 2023.

Glaucoma Research Foundation is committed to everyone’s safety at Glaucoma 360. Therefore, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all attendees, exhibitors, staff, and contractors. Due to the fluidity of the current situation, additional safety protocols for Glaucoma 360 may be announced closer to the meeting. All decisions are based on best practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as from both the State of California and City of San Francisco. In addition, all attendees are encouraged to be current with their COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

If you would like to reserve a hotel room, you can book your Glaucoma 360 accommodations at the iconic Westin St. Francis San Francisco, located on Union Square in San Francisco. Glaucoma 360 meetings and events take place between February 2-4, 2023. Our special rate is $269 per/night, plus tax and fees. An extended room block period is available, allowing attendees to conveniently arrive before the Gala or stay a few extra days to enjoy the San Francisco Bay Area. The deadline to book a sleeping room at The Westin St. St. Francis San Francisco is January 10, 2023. After this date, the hotel will need to be contacted directly to confirm availability.

Please see the transportation and parking information on the Venue page of this website.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend Glaucoma 360 events. Attendees are encouraged to also receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster. Attendees should review all CDC Guidelines and should not attend if they are not fully vaccinated or if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Attendees will receive their name badge from event staff following their vaccination check as proof that they have completed the vaccination verification process. If you have questions, please send us an email.