Leadership Change Announced at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala

Skin Cancer Foundation President Perry Robins, MD, announced his retirement as he accepted the Champions for Change award

October 31, 2016 (New York, NY)Perry Robins, MD, founder and president of The Skin Cancer Foundation was honored at the organization’s Champions for Change Gala, held October 18 at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Dr. Robins was honored at the event as a “Champion for Change” for his lifetime commitment to decreasing the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Robins surprised the audience when he announced he would retire as president of the Foundation at the end of the year and named Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, as his successor. 

“Leading this organization has been my absolute pleasure, and a highlight of my life’s work. I trust and believe that I have laid the groundwork for many years of growth and success,” Robins said at the Gala. “Debby’s experience, drive and passion for our cause make her a perfect and obvious choice. I know I am leaving the Foundation in the most capable of hands.”

Robins then called Sarnoff to join him onstage in addressing the crowd.

“I am so honored, humbled, and grateful to serve as the next president of The Skin Cancer Foundation,” Sarnoff said. “Thank you, Perry, for trusting me to lead the next chapter of this amazing organization.”

About The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala

The Champions for Change Gala is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s principal fundraising event. Proceeds are used to expand the Foundation’s public awareness programs and research initiatives. 

Robins was honored alongside Marcia Robbins-Wilf, EdD, chair of the Marcia Robbins-Wilf Research Award Society and a longstanding supporter of the Foundation. Sam Champion, weather anchor and longtime friend of the Foundation, hosted the event. Speakers included Olympic gold medalist and television host Summer Sanders and Dancing with the Stars pro Witney Carson — both of whom shared their personal experiences with melanoma.

During the program, the Foundation also announced the winner of its annual Media Award: Allure magazine, for the article, “Harsh Light” by Jenna Rosenstein. The Media Award recognizes excellence in journalism that addresses skin cancer prevention, early detection, and/or treatment.

The Gala was chaired by Sarnoff along with Ronald L. Moy, MD, Adam Schweitzer of ICM Partners and Stephanie Schweitzer. The Gala Committee included Jeffrey Brackeen, MD; Doris Day, MD; Dendy Engelman, MD; Elizabeth K. Hale, MD; Albert Lefkovits, MD; Maureen Lippe of Lippe Taylor; Ariel Ostad, MD; Howard Sobel, MD and Jessica Stacey of Sephora.

The cocktail reception preceding the formal dinner and awards presentation was sponsored by Procter and Gamble’s Olay, a longtime supporter of the Gala.  For more information, please visit SkinCancer.org/gala.

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About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.