The Skin Cancer Foundation hosted their 2nd Annual A Night The Stars Shine On benefit on June 28th, 2011, at the iconic Central Park Zoo. Founded in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has been a wealth of information for both the public and medical community about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, and the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment.
Nestled in the middle of Manhattan at the Central Park Zoo, the benefit included a Raffle, with items such as a Yankees Luxury Box Suite, a trip to Anguilla, and a candy-apple Red S 50 Vespa up for grabs. Also scattered around the zoo were sponsoring vendors, including one of my personal favorite companies, Pretzel Crisps, who featured their pretzels topped with goat cheese, basil, and tomato. Simply the best snack one could imagine for a warm summer evening!
With the DJ spinning summertime favorites such as “Summer Breeze”, the bartenders pouring drinks appropriately named “Night The Stars Shine On”, and the Zoo’s own California Sea Lions putting on a delightfully adorable show, guests had all the ingredients for a perfect New York night!
I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with two of the beautiful members of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Committee, Eva and Mia Fahler. Eva is a Scandinavian actress, while Mia is an interior designer. They’ve been involved with The Skin Cancer Foundation for a little over a year. Eva believes it is important to help spread the word about skin cancer, especially in the modeling and acting industries. The “sun-kissed” look is so popular amongst young girls in this field, but Eva believes an agent telling you to suntan is no different than them saying to smoke…equally bad, and they both give you cancer.
Dr. Perry Robins, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation, praised the Foundation for saving “many, many, many lives”. He turned the microphone over to his daughter and Board Member, Elizabeth Robins, Esq., who went on to say that, “The Skin Cancer Foundation will work tirelessly providing education, more education, and sun protection.”
Jerry Penacoli, Extra Host and skin cancer survivor, stood in front of the crowd and told his story of battling Melanoma Stage 3. He spoke of the hundreds of notes, emails, Facebook messages, and tweets people have written him sharing their stories of concern and fear, but most importantly, hope and survival. He stated, “I am thrilled to be here to raise awareness.”
Before the evening was over, swag bags were given out to all the guests, stuffed with many top-of-the-line sun safety creams, lotions, and sprays from brands such as Mary Kay, Clinique, and Clarins.
Thanks to the participating culinary and beverage donors, speakers, sponsors, and all the talented staff from The Skin Cancer Foundation, the benefit A Night The Stars Shine On was a lovely evening of hope and delight.
If you would like to help spread the word about skin cancer, please visit their website for ways to get involved!