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 on-site during the conference.

In November of 2016, we held our Inaugural Silent Auction. The auction featured over 40 contributed items ranging from jewelry to trips, dermatology educational tools and more. Through that auction and the contributions of SDPA and DPAF members, we were able to raise over $9,000 towards our $20,000 goal to send children and PAs (to volunteer) to Camp Wonder in California. To ensure as many children as possible were given the opportunity to take part in this fantastic experience, the DPAF’s Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to contribute the remaining amount to ensure the full $20,000 donation was met.

As part of our contribution to Camp Wonder, the SDPA will be 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. Two candidates, selected by the Board of Trustees, will have the wonderful opportunity of giving back to the patient community. The SDPA will support not only the PAs time at Camp Wonder but their travel to and from California. These two candidates will be providing us with updates on their once in a lifetime experience. 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 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.

2017 Virtual Run/Walk/Sleep-in

April 5th – June 5th | San Diego, California

Join the DPAF for our first virtual 5K Run/Walk/Sleep-in. All net proceeds will go to National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and their goal to offer support to individuals affected by alopecia areata, advocating for change, funding research to find a treatment and cure. The DPAF hosted an informal gathering in-person at the SDPA annual summer conference Saturday, June 3rd.

The SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference was held in San Diego, California, on June 1-4, 2017.

Click here for all the details!

Recent Events & Activities:

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 to be contributing 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.

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)
  • CME4Life
  • 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