Skin Sense Award Gala 2009

A Great Night, A Great Cause


We’re pleased to announce that our annual Skin Sense Award Gala, held on October 6 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, was a great success!

This year’s Skin Sense Awards, which honor those who have played a pivotal role in educating the public about the importance of sun protection, were presented to David Greenberg, president and chief executive officer of Maybelline New York-Garnier, and Mary Sammons, chairman and chief executive officer of the Rite Aid Corporation. EstÄ“e Lauder Companies, Inc. consultant Diane Ackley served as the Gala benefit chair. The honorees were introduced by Jerry Dowell, president and CEO of retail marketing company DowellGroup, and Alana De La Garza (a.k.a. Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa) of television’s Law & Order.Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion hosted the event, which featured a performance by Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters. The Broadway legend delighted the audience with renditions of “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” “Fever,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “Kramer.”

The Gala also welcomed actors John Slattery (Mad Men); Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl; Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), and author Gail Sheehy (Passages).“The Skin Sense Award Gala is always a highlight of the year for The Skin Cancer Foundation. It’s a chance for us to reflect upon our accomplishments; look towards the future; and thank those who make our work possible,” said Perry Robins, MD, the Foundation’s president and founder.

Since 1994, The Skin Sense Award Gala has honored those who have played a pivotal role in educating the public about the importance of sun protection. This year, The Skin Cancer Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary.