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ASCRS Foundation 2021 November Newsletter

The ASCRS Foundation has had a busy Fall. We continue to see a dramatic uptick in the need for our charitable work. Through your support and that of our partners, we've continued delivering the Foundation's mission of humanitarian eyecare and physician education. In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for all those who help us to change lives. Please read below to stay current with the Foundation and the impact your support makes possible!

Giving Tuesday Leadership Matched Announced!

The Leaderships of ASCRS, the ASCRS Foundation, and ASOA have joined forces as part of a membership challenge to "Give Sight, Change Lives." They will match the first $21,500 in donations received for Giving Tuesday, November 30.

This match comes at a critical time. Operation Sight, the ASCRS Foundation’s domestic charitable cataract surgery program has seen a significant increase in applications resulting from the employment, insurance and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation has helped deliver more surgeries than in any year prior, and for many patients, the gift of sight holds the key to regaining employment and providing for their families.

We need your help to unlock the Leadership Match and enable us to meet the ever-growing demand. Together, we will give and change lives.

2022 Resident Excellence Award Nominations Now Open!

"As a 2021 Foundation awardee of the Resident Excellence Award, the ASCRS Annual Meeting has rejuvenated me. Residency training can be very taxing, and it can be hard to imagine what our lives after training will look like. The Annual Meeting is a great place to get that glimpse...For those interested in the award, if you let your natural interests guide you, you'll see great success. In my opinion, that's what the ASCRS Foundation is looking for in its resident awardees: people who care about what they do and get involved in activities that motivate them."
David Ramirez, MD, 2021 Resident Excellence Awardee

ASCRS was founded by young, enterprising ophthalmologists and the ASCRS Foundation's Resident Excellence Awards carry on and honor that tradition. The ASCRS Foundation makes ten awards each year to enable international and domestic ophthalmology residents (PGY-3 and above) and current fellows exhibiting exemplary performance in research, patient care, leadership and education to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting. Recipients receive a $1,000 travel grant, four nights accommodation, complimentary meeting registration and invitations to select events. The nomination period is .hereNovember 1-January 6 at 5pm ET. To learn more about the award or to submit a nomination, click

2021 ASCRS Foundation Catalyst Partner Spotlight: Avellino

Avellino is a 2021 Catalyst Partner of the ASCRS Foundation. Their generosity has helped fuel our mission at a time where the need for our programs is ever-growing. We spoke with Avellino to learn more about their work and how together, we are changing lives. Click here to read the full conversation.

“The ophthalmic community has the extraordinary ability to change lives with the gift of sight, and the ASCRS Foundation is a wonderful organization that harnesses this amazing talent and heart with their mission to provide both education and life-changing ocular surgeries to some of our most vulnerable communities. Serving as an ASCRS Foundation Chair Member is one of my greatest honors, and both I and the entire Avellino team are proud to support this inspiring charitable organization.” Jim Mazzo, President and CEO

For more information on becoming a 2022 partner of the ASCRS Foundation, please contact Molly Gascoigne, Director of Development at or (703) 788-5781.

Operation Sight Volunteers Help Patients in Need in Their Community!

Operation Sight is the Foundation’s U.S. based charitable cataract surgery program. It is fueled by over 700 registered volunteer ASCRS members and charitable organizations committed to making cataract care accessible.

Miguel is one of the thousands of patients seeking Operation Sight's support. He urgently needs surgery and shared his experience of living with dense cataracts:

"This procedure will completely and forever change my life! I currently cannot see out of my right eye, and have very limited sight out of my left. My whole life I have always worked hard, and helped my family, friends, and contributed to my community. Now with my sight being very limited, I struggle with everyday tasks that I used to do without much trouble...I cannot work due to my sight, and have no income to pay for cataract surgery... I am a strong and determined man who wants to return to the work force, be a contributing member of society and get my life back on track."

Miguel was matched this week with an Operation Sight volunteer in his community! Thanks to the generosity of this volunteer his life will be changed!

Operation Sight volunteers are vital to our mission to provide humanitarian cataract care to those in need. To learn more about Operation Sight or to get involved, please click here or contact Jaya Minhas, Program Manager at

The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to highlight some of the accomplished ophthalmic humanitarians nominated for the Foundation's Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award. These outstanding leaders have been interviewed by the Foundation's 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees. This video features 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantee, Keri Allen, MD and Elizabeth Davis, MD discussing her career in global ophthalmology. Click here to watch the conversation!

Ready to Make Your Year-End Contribution? There Are Many Ways to Give to the Foundation:

Give Online or Mail a Check

>Click here to donate online or mail a check made payable to ASCRS Foundation, 12587 Fair Lakes Circle Suite 348 Fairfax, VA 22033. Checks and envelopes must be dated and postmarked no later than December 31, 2021, for your contribution to processed in calendar year 2021.

Donate Through Your Donor Advised Fund
Consider making a grant recommendation through your donor advised fund to the ASCRS Foundation to help support our mission. The ASCRS Foundation’s tax ID number is 23-7388748.

Gift of Stock
Your financial advisor can assist you in making a stock or securities gift. Inform your broker that you would like to make a gift of stock to the ASCRS Foundation and connect with us at for additional information on completing your gift.

Planning a Holiday Party? Make a Difference Through Evite!
Planning an end of year gathering with your staff, family or friends? Whether celebrating virtually or in-person, invite your guests to support the ASCRS Foundation through your Evite! When creating your invitation on, click Add Charity and search for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation. Celebrate and change lives together!

For more information or assistance making your charitable contribution, click here or contact Molly Gascoigne at

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