The Eye Ball®, first held in 1966, is the International Eye Foundation’s charity gala, one of the first events of its type galas to be held in Washington, DC. The Eye Ball® serves a dual purpose of creating awareness of IEF’s sight-saving work in a fun and relaxing environment, while raising critical funds to support its important sight and life-saving programs worldwide. Traditionally, the Eye Ball is a black-tie dinner dance with a spirited competition for wonderful Live and Silent Auction items generously donated by area businesses and individuals. Auction items in past years have included a vacation trip to Egypt, the Christie’s catalog of the late Princess Diana’s gowns with a personally signed letter of acknowledgment from the Princess congratulating the successful bidder, dinners at some of the finest Washington area restaurants, and unique items brought back from developing countries by staff and colleagues. In recent years, we have added different types of events under the Eye Ball® moniker to strengthen IEF’s support in our community highlighting friendship and dedication to our cause of preventing blindness around the world.