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Skin Cancer Foundation Raises $625,000 For Skin Cancer Education Programs


The Skin Cancer Foundation at its Annual Champions for Change Gala in New York, New York, raised the money while also honoring 157 dermatologists for volunteering with the Foundations skin cancer screening program on May 12.

The Skin Cancer Foundation raised $625,000 for the organization’s educational campaigns, community programs and research initiatives at its annual Champions for Change Gala at The Plaza in New York City. There were 300 attendees which included Skin Cancer Foundation donors, industry, physicians, celebrity supporters, such as Taye Diggs, and media.

Wali Collins emceed the event after the cocktail reception in the Grand Ballroom for dinner. The president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, FAAD, FACP, who is also a board-certified dermatologist and Director of Dermatology at COSMETIQUE Dermatology, Laser & Plastic Surgery, LLP, in New York, New York, was center stage to talk about the organization’s work and the continued effort of members, staff and supporters throughout the pandemic.

“The Skin Cancer Foundation has certainly been through a lot in our 43 years, but nothing compares to the past two years,” Sarnoff said at the event. “The pandemic tested our organization in so many ways, and I could not be prouder of how we came through it. We figured out how to safely get our mobile skin cancer screening program back on the road. We developed new digital awareness campaigns and education materials. We answered questions from terrified skin cancer patients and guided them to appropriate resources. And we accomplished all of this while most of our staff was working from home. Our goal was to continue to serve the people who needed us and come out on the other side in a position of strength. And that’s exactly what we did. Tonight is about celebrating our strength as a community and your generosity.”

Ariel Ostad, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist at private practice in New York, New York, and one of the event’s physician co-chairs with Jesse M. Lewin, MD, dermatologists and system chief of the division of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery and the program director for the Micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellowship program at Mount Sinai also in New York, presented the Champion for Change Award in recognition of this generosity, honoring the dermatologists who have volunteered their time to the Foundation’s Destination Healthy Skin program.

“Last year, for the first time, I volunteered for a Destination Healthy Skin event here in New York,” said Ostad, who identified two suspected melanomas during his shift. “I’m so happy I got involved in this program, and I really respect the people who do it year after year.”

The award took the form of a plaque listing the names of all 157 volunteers, which will hang in the Destination Healthy Skin RV for all to see as the RV heads out for a four-month tour around the country, according to the press release. Volunteers present at the Gala were asked to stand and be recognized for collectively donating about 1,000 hours of their time to perform nearly 5,000 screenings over 4 years of Destination Healthy Skin events. Click here for a complete list of honorees.

Other highlights of the evening included performances by Season 19 winner of NBC’s The Voice, Carter Rubin. He performed his new single, “Horoscope,” and teamed up with his grandfather Ric Mango (Jay & The Americans) for a surprise duet of “I’ll be there,” originally by the Jackson 5. Auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla lead a Fund the Mission pledge drive and created a friendly competition, offering a bottle of champagne to the first table to donate.

The Gala was chaired by Susan Manber, Ophelia and Bill Rudin, and Stephanie and Adam Schweitzer. Ariel Ostad, MD, and Jesse M. Lewin, MD, served as Physician Co-chairs, while the Honorary Chair was Marcia Robbins-Wilf, EdD. The Gala Committee included Jeremy Brauer, MD; Kim Campbell; Jennifer and Joseph A. Dussich; Elizabeth K. Hale, MD; Jacqueline Flam; April Franzino; Adele Haimovic, MD; Julie K. Karen, MD; Celine Mactaggart; Kim Nichols, MD; Maral Skelsey, MD; Mary L. Stevenson, MD; Shelley N. Tanner and Brian Underwood.

Event sponsors included DermTech, L'Oréal Dermatological Beauty, and Regeneron and Sanofi.


The Skin Cancer Foundation raises $625,000 for skin cancer education programs at Annual Champions for Change Gala in New York City. The Skin Cancer Foundation. May 12, 2022. Accessed May 20, 2022. https://www.skincancer.org/press/the-skin-cancer-foundation-raises-625000-for-skin-cancer-education-programs-at-annual-champions-for-change-gala-in-new-york-city/

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