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April 2013

Annual Meeting 2013:
Where so many gave back

In addition to setting attendance records and offering outstanding recognition programs, the 2013 Annual Meeting also showcased members’ commitment to humanitarian programs and services. The inaugural President’s Gala highlighted the positive impact of these initiatives and raised over $320,000 through the generosity of corporate sponsors, AAD members, and other special guests.

In addition to financial support, members and other AAD volunteers showed their commitment to community by participating in Dermatology in Action, a hallmark of the Annual Meeting since it was initiated three years ago by former AAD President William D. James, MD, FAAD. “Dermatology in Action at the AAD is fun, uplifting, and a chance to meet some great people as we work together on a project,” said Robert T. Brodell, MD, FAAD. “I did it the first time because Bill James asked! Now, I wouldn't miss this chance to give back to the communities that host AAD meetings.”

Read more about how DIA volunteers made an impact in Miami Beach.

Givers' guide tip:
The Shade Structure Program awards grants to build permanent shade structures, including signage that reiterates the Academy’s sun safety message. You can help make more shade structures possible with your donation, or contact us about shade structure naming opportunities.

Help children with skin conditions discover the joys of summer camp: Refer a child to Camp Discovery!

If you are an AAD member dermatologist, it’s not too late to refer a young patient to Camp Discovery. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, this life-changing experience gives children with chronic skin conditions a week of summer camp filled with fun and friendship. Camp Discovery also builds confidence and boosts the self-esteem of campers. Patients between the ages of 8-16 are eligible to attend.

If you would like to find out more about referring a patient, contact Janine Mueller at jmueller@aad.org or (847) 240-1737.

Introduce a new product or therapy with a PIP

Reserve a spot for your company to hold a Non-CME Promotional Information Program (PIP) in conjunction with the Summer Academy Meeting 2013. Dates are available from July 31 - Aug. 2 at the Grand Ballroom West in the Hilton New York. The cost to hold a non-CME PIP event is $25,000. PIPs are independent and solely under the control of the sponsoring company and are not part of the official AAD meetings. Deadline for applications is June 21, 2013. Contact us today to reserve your PIP!

Get more information and download an application to hold a PIP.





Newly announced grants protect more children

Thanks to the Academy’s Shade Structure Program, sun protection for children covers more parks, playgrounds, and other areas across the U.S. each year. The Shade Structure Program provides grants to schools and other community organizations that emphasize teaching children about sun safety. These grants give them the opportunity to build permanent shade structures over outdoor play areas in order to shield children from the harmful rays of the sun.

This year, 21 grants will be awarded to schools and community organizations. View the recently announced 2013 grant recipients here. Due to limited funding, only 21 of the 160 qualified applicants received a grant. Into this void stepped Murad Family Foundation, who recently single-handedly funded a shade structure at Tuvia School in California. “It’s a perfect fit for our foundation because our mission is to further health and wellness education for children,” said foundation president Hilarie Murad.

Learn more about how the Shade Structure Program teaches children to be sun-smart.


Sponsors celebrate at inaugural President’s Gala

At the AAD Annual Meeting, the first President’s Gala gave a voice to the wonderful work of the Academy that is made possible by the support of members, volunteers, and corporate supporters. The President’s Gala highlighted the accomplishments and impact of the Academy’s humanitarian programs and services and even had a special performance by Jamie Hartley, an EB survivor and Camp Discovery counselor.

Many corporations took the opportunity to join in the celebration as a sponsor in this special 75th anniversary year. AbbVie led the way and served as the Humanitarian Leader Sponsor. “AbbVie was honored to be the lead sponsor at the AAD’s very first President’s Gala,” said Pam Cluet, senior product manager, AbbVie, “As a long-term supporter of the Academy’s educational programs, we are proud to be a part of the difference you make in your communities.”

The President’s Gala was a success due in large part to all sponsors. View a complete list of gala sponsors here.


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