The Plaza Hotel in New York City buzzed with excitement on October 9th as an eclectic mix of guests representing the beauty, media, medical, pharmaceutical and retail industries attended the 2012 Skin Cancer Foundation Gala. The annual event honored Genentech, PGA TOUR and Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief of SELF Magazine. Honorees received Skin Sense Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements in skin health, including public education about sun protection and skin cancer prevention.
Richard Kaminski and Suzanne Leeds Fishman presented the Skin Sense Award to Rick Fair, MBA (Vice President of Oral Oncolytics, Genentech), who accepted on Genentech’s behalf. Mr. Kaminski is a metastatic melanoma patient who was treated with Genentech’s drug Zelobraf™. Ms. Leeds Fishman, an advanced basal cell carcinoma patient, was treated with Erivedge™, also developed by Genentech.
Victor Ganzi (Chairman of the Board, PGA TOUR) presented the Skin Sense Award to Allison Keller (Senior Vice President, Human Resources, PGA TOUR), who accepted on the TOUR’s behalf.
Highlights of the program included remarks from Sam Champion, Good Morning America Weather Anchor, Celebrity Chef Katie Lee and EXTRA TV Correspondent Jerry Penacoli. Chelsea Price, a young woman with melanoma, also shared her story with the audience. Ms. Price is featured in The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Sun Smart U curriculum.
Many notable celebrity guests attended, including Brooke Shields; Emmy Award-winner Bobby Cannavale and actor David Harbour (both soon to appear on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross); Tony Award-winning actress Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur); Nelsan Ellis (True Blood); TV Personality and Style Expert Robert Verdi; Celebrity Makeup Artist Carmindy (What Not To Wear); Celebrity Chef Chris Nirschel; Dylan Lauren (Owner, Dylan’s Candy Bar); Tony Sirico (formerly of The Sopranos); Aviva Drescher (Real Housewives of New York City) and Alex McCord (Real Housewives of New York City, Couples Therapy). Singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti provided the night’s entertainment, delighting the audience with renditions of his songs, “My Religion,” “Goodbye Philadelphia” and “Nothing’s Enough.”