LAH residents lead record-breaking fundraiser for glaucoma research, taking in nearly $700K

Trish Tunney/Special to the Town Crier
Glaucoma Research Foundation president and CEO Thomas Brunner celebrates with honorary gala co-chairs Nobuko Saito Cleary and Dr. Gary Cleary. All are Los Altos Hills residents.

Glaucoma Research Foundation hosted its 360 Annual Gala in San Francisco Feb. 6 to celebrate and honor individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of people with glaucoma.

Several local residents played prominent roles in the event’s success. More than 380 guests attended, and the gala raised a record-breaking amount – close to $700,000 – to support glaucoma research and education.

Michele and Steven Kirsch of Los Altos Hills co-chaired the gala and spoke about their long-standing partnership with Glaucoma Research Foundation and the importance of investing in innovative medical research.

Los Altos Hills residents Nobuko Saito Cleary and Dr. Gary Cleary served as honorary co-chairs and were instrumental in curating the live-auction packages.

“Our Glaucoma 360 Gala is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate many of the extraordinary people – the donors, volunteers and scientists – who support our mission to cure glaucoma, and for the researchers we fund to report on their progress and their goals for the coming year,” said Thomas M. Brunner, president and CEO of Glaucoma Research Foundation and a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills.

In addition to honoring supporters with awards, the event highlighted the foundation’s collaborative research program, Catalyst for a Cure, which brings together four investigators to find novel ways to restore vision lost due to glaucoma.

“We are so grateful to our gala attendees and event leadership for their extraordinary support that lead us to the largest fundraising event in our 42-year old history,” Brunner said. “Together, the cure for glaucoma is truly in sight.”

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