Upcoming Events & Activities:
2nd Annual DPAF Silent Auction 2017
October 23rd – November 10th San Juan, Puerto Rico
The DPAF will host the 2nd annual silent auction in conjunction with the SDPA’s 15th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico this November. Like the inaugural event in last year, this year’s event will be held simultaneously online and onsite during the conference so members all around the world can participate!
The DPAF has set a fundraising goal of $20,000 which will be contributed towards CSFD Camp Wonder. Camp Wonder is an annual week long camp held in California by the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation. The camp offers children with severe skin disease to experience a week of acceptance, support, and FUN. All net proceeds from our Silent Auction will be contributed directly to Camp Wonder to support their 2018 camp season.
Be sure to save the date and get ready to bid for a cause! Bidders can expect to have a range of options available for bidding. In 2016 the DPAF offered over 40 items for auction including items such as:
- Art and photography
- Travel packages
- Concert tickets
- Conference registrations to SDPA events, AAPA events, and more
- Dermatology educational tools such as consultant services, books, training video packages, online subscriptions to useful software and training, and dermatoscopes
- and so much more
The DPAF is thrilled to have been able to contribute $20,000 towards Camp Wonder in 2016 as a result of our inaugural silent auction. As part of our contribution to Camp Wonder, the SDPA was able to send two volunteer PAs to the 2017 Camp Wonder from June 18-24, 2017. To select our two candidates we asked the SDPA community for volunteers and received an outpouring response. We will send two candidates to the 2018 camp wonder, so keep an eye out for the opportunity to submit yourself to take part in this unique experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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
The 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:
- 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 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.
Thank You to Our Auction Donors!
We would like to extend a personal thank you to all of our generous silent auction item donors! It is because of the generosity of these partners and supporters that we were able to raise the funds needed to meet our goal. Contributing individuals and organizations are listed in alphabetical order.
- 3Gen, Inc.
- Arielle Skincare
- American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
- American Dermoscopy Meeting (ADM)
- Bethany Grubb
- Caesars Entertainment
- Carmine Las Vegas
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Certified Physician Assistant Consulting (CPAC)
- Disney ‘Mickey Travels’
- Douglas DiRuggiero
- Dr. Suneel Chilukuri
- Gene Allgood
- Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants (GDPA)
- Jacki Kment
- Jane Mast Photography
- Jennifer Conner
- Keri Holyoak
- Kristine Kucera
- Matthew Brunner
- Pin Up Show
- Reily Furniture & Restoration
- Snow King Resort
- Snowbird Resort
- Soaring Adventures of America, Inc.
- Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA)
- Travis Hayden
- Vicki Pettersson
- Wyland World Wide
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