The Skin Cancer Foundation held their annual Skin Sense Award Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on October 12. Nearly 350 guests came together to honor Gabriel Tanbourgi, president of BASF Care Chemicals and Al Robertson, general manager ad chief marketing officer of Energizer Personal Care for their leadership roles in promoting skin heath.

Having battled skin cancer, Sam Champion, weather anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, hosted the evening’s festivities and has done much to raise awareness about the disease.

“Our goal is to help educate people about skin cancer prevention,” Champion said. “When my work takes me into the elements, I protect myself with sunscreen and clothing. It has become a way of life for me.”
Mr. Roberston addressed the statistics: Three and a half million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed a year in the U.S., making it the most common form of cancer.

“Using sunscreen sounds so easy, but less than 40% of American households use it,” Robertson said.
Dr. Perry Robins, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, recognized the foundation’s achievements over the past year.

“We have dedicated many efforts to accomplishing the outlaw of tanning beds for young people,” Robins said. “But, we are in the middle of a skin cancer epidemic…clearly there is much more work to be done.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Dr. Perry Robins and Grey Group’s Annette Sally with Al Robertson of Energizer Personal Care and BASF’s Gabriel Tanbourgi. The Estée Lauder Companies’ Diane Ackley and Janet Pardo. Good Morning America’s Sam Champion and Erin Mulvey Stoeber of The Skin Cancer Foundation.
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Sephora USA’s Allison Slater and Star’s Tara Kraft with Linda Moran Evans of Family Circle and RPR Marketing’s Cora Rood. The Estée Lauder Companies’ CeCe Coffin and Agnes Landau (r.) with Jean Godfrey June of Lucky. Avon’s Rob Kalafsky, Elizabeth Bergman and Anthony Gonzalez with Katie Becker of Prevention (2nd r.).
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