4th Annual DPAF Silent Auction benefiting Camp Wonder – May 20 – June 8, 2019


Each year the DPAF hosts an annual silent auction in honor of the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation’s (CSDF) Camp Wonder. Camp Wonder is a 1-week summer camp for children with severe to life-threatening skin diseases. The camp provides children with the unique opportunity to “just be a kid” away from the prying eyes of the public and those who may not understand their condition. The camp houses the campers and provides 24/7 medical staff to ensure the health and safety of children during their stay. Each year, the Foundation sets a goal of raising $20,000 from the proceeds of the Silent Auction. This goal allows us to sponsor 10 deserving children to attend camp as well as 2 PA volunteers. As part of our mission to provide philanthropic opportunities for PAs in dermatology, we send two PAs to volunteer and we provide them each with a travel stipend so that they can invest all of their energy into helping the camp kids.

This year, the DPAF will be hosting its 4th Annual Silent Auction in honor of Camp Wonder. Our 2018 auction was a huge success raising over $11,500 for Camp Wonder. Auction items ranged from Wine Packages with Napa wine tours, Family fun packages with Radio Flyer Wagons, Dermatology and educational tools, art, and more.

The auction opens online May 20, 2019 and closes June 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST. We will be auctioning off special items specific to the conference in Washington D.C. area and the conference itself. These items will have earlier close dates so you can take full advantage of your winning item while at the conference! So be sure to mark the date and win big! All net proceeds go to Camp Wonder so not only do you win, but the campers win!



Annual DPAF 5K Charitable Run/Walk Event

The DPAF annual 5k charitable run/walk is held each June in conjunction with the Society of Dermatology PAs (SDPA) Annual Summer Dermatology Conference. A critical part of the DPAF’s philanthropic giving program, the charitable run/walk honors a new selected 501c3 charity which focuses their efforts of supporting specific patient communities within the field of dermatology. Our charitable run/walk is made available to attendees for the SDPA Summer Conference as well as anyone nationwide who wishes to register online to run or walk on behalf of the selected charity. Past support has been provided to the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) and the National Areata and Alopecia Foundation (NAAF).

Past Events & Activities:


The DPAF hosted it’s 3rd Annual Silent Auction in honor of Camp Wonder. Our 2018 auction was a great success raising over $11,000 of our $20,000 fundraising goal. Our Silent Auction opened online October 15th to the public. Items in our full catalog ranged from dermatology CMEs, to fun items such as jewelry, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, spa trips, hotel stays and so much more.


Items from all of these donors and more were donated for our 2018 3rd Annual Silent Auction:








2018 5k CHARITABLE Run/Walk honoring the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation

The 2018 annual charitable run was held from June 28 – July 1, 2018 in honor of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation! Registration opening at the beginning of the SDPA’s Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2018 held in Seattle, Washington. Registration opened on June 28th. Attendees were able to register to run, walk or even sleep in. Each registrant received a fun unique commemorative t-shirt and medal for participating. Although many registered while they were at the SDPA summer conference, many also registered online and completed the race from their hometown. Those who registered online were mailed their race packet and then sent us photos and updates on their at-home race. Closing July 31, 2018 the 2018 DPAF Charitable Run was our most successful race yet with nearly 100 participants all racing to support Hidradenitis Supperativa.





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.

Thank you to each and everyone one of our generous 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.

2017 Charitable Run/Walk

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 $1,995 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!

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:

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