The Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF), the official 501c3 philanthropic arm of the SDPA, made its grand entrance onto the dermatology world stage during the SDPA’s 2016 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference in Austin, Texas. Formed in 2015 the Foundation spent its first few months laying the groundwork for a successful first year. So what have we been up to?
The DPAF has been hard at work strategizing about the best ways we can contribute to our community and patients. Since the beginning of the year we have committed to contributing over $30,000 to the communities we serve during 2016. We have already sent two campers who suffer from serious skin conditions to summer camp at the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Camp Discovery. We plan to send both campers and volunteer PAs to staff summer camps for children with skin diseases. In fact, John Notabartolo, the DPAF’s Chair, recently visited Camp Wonder in Livermore, California to explore potential partnerships.
Thank you to our Donors!
During our official launch in Austin, TX the DPAF was overwhelmed to see SDPA members contributing over $14,500 towards our mission and goals. Since that time we have been honored to receive more than $18,000 to date in contributed and ongoing donations. As we continue to identify and commit towards worthy causes which further the derm PA community and it’s patients, we hope that you will consider adding your supporting voice by donating today.
Every contribution, large or small, helps us reach beyond our goals. Join our list of Founding Donors Today: dermpafoundation.org/donors
The DPAF has a number of planned events that will take place at the SDPA’s upcoming 14th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas this November 3-6.
We will hold our Inaugural Silent Auction during the conference with items available for viewing and purchase throughout the conference. Attendees (and our members at home) can browse through donated items and bid for the chance to win. We will offer a range of items from art to scenic cabin stays, so stay tuned on www.dermpafoundation.org to see what you might be able to win. Our fundraising goal of $20,000 will go directly to sending campers and volunteers to summer camps for children with skin diseases.
Miles for Melanoma:
Taking the reins from the SDPA, the DPAF will host the 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma run/walk during the Fall Conference in Las Vegas. The walk will take place on November 5th in Sunset Park. You can donate to walk, run, or even to sleep in. Or just donate to support melanoma research. The DPAF will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500 and contributing that to the Melanoma Research Foundation’s search for a cure.