Events & Activities:

DPAF 2018 Charitable Run

One of our annual programs, our charitable runs are held each summer in conjunction with the SDPA’s Annual Summer Dermatology Conference. This year the annual charitable run will be held in Seattle in honor of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation! Registration will open at the beginning of the conference. Attendees can register to run, walk, or sleep in, and each registrant will receive a commemorative t-shirt and medal for participating. Although attendees can register on site, anyone can register and participate from anywhere in the country online beginning on June 28th. Virtual participants will receive their commemorative items by mail, and are encouraged to submit photos of them running for a cause in their town for our run recap. This is a great opportunity to run walk (or sleep-in) for a cause, so be sure to pack your running shoes (or pajamas!).  Check back here for updates on time and location.


3rd Annual Silent Auction 2018
October 15 – November 3, 2018

Every Fall the DPAF hosts an annual silent auction in honor of a chosen charity. Our 2017 auction was a huge success despite the unfortunate cancellation the SDPA’s 15th Annual Fall Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Held online only, our 2017 auction brought in over $7,000 of net contributions for our 2017 chosen charity, Camp Wonder. Coupled with a live event, our 2016 auction gather over $14,000 in contributions towards Camp Wonder. As we look ahead to next fall, we are excited to continue to offer fantastic dermatology specific items (as well as other gifts and prizes) for auction in honor of our charity of choice. The auction is a great time for the SDPA and dermatology community to bid on conference registrations, educational tools, jewelry, trips, and so so much more. Please save the date so you can bid (and WIN!) for a cause!

Want to contribute to our next Silent Auction?

If you would like to contribute items towards our silent auction, please do not hesitate to send us an email at We can take and store your item now, or note your pledge and get in touch before the auction is set to begin. Each donor will be considered an in-kind donor, listed on our website at their corresponding contribution level. Donors will also receive a letter of acknowledgment for their tax records.

Recent Events & Activities:

2nd Annual DPAF Silent Auction 2017

The DPAF hosted its 2nd Annual Silent Auction from November 20th until December 12th online.

The DPAF set a fundraising goal of $20,000 aimed at sending eight children and two volunteers PAs to the 2018 summer session of Camp Wonder. Camp Wonder is an annual week-long camp held in California by the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation (CSDF). The camp offers children with severe skin disease the opportunity to experience a week of acceptance, support, and FUN.  All net proceeds from our Silent Auction are contributed directly to Camp Wonder to support their 2018 camp season.

Find out why we are dedicating to supporting Camp Wonder and how this experience has changed so many lives:

Thank You to Our Auction Donors! 

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our generous silent auction item donors! It is because of their continued support and efforts that we are able to achieve the Foundation’s goals of and mission.

Contributing individuals and organizations are listed in alphabetical order.

  • 3Gen
  • Allergan
  • American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  • Clarisonic
  • CME4Life
  • Cosmetic Bootcamp
  • Disney World
  • Dr. Menter
  • Elsevier
  • Douglas DiRuggiero
  • Florida Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (FSDPA)
  • FIGS Scrubs
  • Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA)
  • Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Illinois Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (ISDPA)
  • Jacki Kment
  • Jennifer Conner
  • Joleen Volz
  • La-Roche Posay
  • MauiDerm
  • Medelita
  • Meeting Designs
  • Renata Block
  • Rosemary Fanti Illustrator
  • Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA)
  • The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  • Westin Buckhead
  • Vicki Pettersson


2017 Virtual Run/Walk/Sleep-in

In past years the DPAF and SDPA hosted traditional in-person timed run/walk events in honor of the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) at one of the SDPA’s annual conferences. In 2017, we shook things up and hosted our first ever Virtual 5K Run/Walk/Sleep-In event, which benefitted the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). The NAAF goal is to offer support to individuals affected by alopecia areata, advocate for change, and fund research to find a treatment and cure.

Just like a traditional run, registrants could run, walk or sleep-in. Once participants registered, they received a welcome package inclusive of a commemorative medal and a race bib.

Although the event could be completed in each participants own time, the DPAF hosted an informal in-person gathering Saturday, June 3rd, during the SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference in San Diego, California. Thanks to the support and contributions of our runners, walkers and sleepers, the DPAF was able to raise and contribute $1994.80 to the NAAF. The DPAF also contributed an additional $7,500 towards the NAAF to further their mission and support their patients.

2016 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma 5K run/walk

mfm-2016-commemorative-pinThe DPAF was proud to for the first time take over as the formal host of the SDPA/DPAF Annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run Walk in partnership with the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). Each year the SDPA has been hosting these events in conjunction with their annual summer or fall conferences. In 2016 we took over as the formal host with our first event occurring during the SDPA’s 14th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A dedicated group of thirty-four runners and walkers together raised over $2,000 towards the MRF’s mission to find a cure. Before the race began the DPAF promised to match contributions to the MRF by SDPA runners and walkers dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500. Although we did not reach that fundraising match, the DPAF decided to contribute the full $7,500 regardless!

Thank you to all our runners, walkers and contributors. Special thanks to our top placing runners and fundraisers:

Top Fundraisers:

  • 1st Place Fundraiser: Matthew Brunner
  • 2nd Place Fundraiser: Joleen Volz

Female Race Winners:

  • 1st: Chelsea Barr
  • 2nd: Katie Mehall
  • 3rd: Jenny Dickson

Male Race Winners:

  • 1st: Matthew Volz
  • 2nd: Tom Fitzgerald
  • 3rd: Scott Freeman

The DPAF is honored have contributed the full $7,500 donation to the Melanoma Research Foundation towards their efforts to find a cure.

Inaugural DPAF Silent Auction 2016

The DPAF hosted its Inaugural Silent Auction online from October 24 – November 5th and live in person at the SDPA’s 2016 14th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada November 3-6, 2016. During this unique event SDPA members and conference attendees helped to raise over $9,000 towards the DPAF’s $20,000 fundraising goal!

The Foundation’s supporters and partners really came through allowing us to offer members and attendees the opportunity to bid on more than 40 fantastic items including vacation trips, art, wine, dinners, and dermatology-specific education tools and products.

This year’s silent auction funds will be contributed towards sending children and PAs to attend and volunteer, respectively, at Camp Wonder in California. Camp Wonder specifically works to take in children who may be unable to attend other camps as their illnesses require around-the-clock medical attention. Although we didn’t quite reach our target fundraising goal from auction sales, the DPAF Board of Trustees voted to donate the remaining funds to ensure we reach the full $20,000.

THANK YOU to all our supporters for making this a successful first event and contributing towards our program goal.

Other Past Events:

The history of SDPA philanthropy activities, from which the DPAF grew, includes the following activities:

  • 2012 Inaugural Miles for Melanoma 5K Race in Seattle, WA
  • 2013 Inaugural Miles for Melanoma 5K Race in Atlanta, GA
  • 2014 Miles for Melanoma 5K Race in San Diego, CA
  • 2015 Miles for Melanoma 5K Race in Orlando, FL