Following a performance by iconoclastic rock/jazz pianist, ELEW, who entertained the audience with a non-traditional repertoire of rock, ragtime and pop interpretations, the award presentations began with a salute to the evening’s honorees by Dr. Perry Robins, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Perry Robins, The Skin Cancer Foundation; Annette Sally, Grey Group; Gabriel Tanbourgi, BASF Care Chemicals; Al Robertson, Energizer Personal Care; and Sam Champion, Good Morning America, at Annual Skin Sense Award Gala presented by The Skin Cancer Foundation.
“We are in the middle of a skin cancer epidemic and there has been a 300% skin cancer increase since 1993. Our research tells us that many people still do not make sunscreen a part of their daily skin care routines. We have also been working to outlaw tanning beds, as they are a known carcinogen,” said Dr. Robins, as he acknowledged the support for research and preventive initiatives. He cited a recent initiative undertaken to send a cadre of doctors to educate doctors in Tanzania about the dangers of skin cancer, an effort spearheaded by the International Society of Dermatology.
The BASF team (l-r): John Helfrick, director global key account manager, NA; Gary Dee, director home and personal care, NA; Laura Partynski, marketing communications manager; Gabriel Tanbourgi, president, BASF Care Chemicals; Sabine Malley, industry manager, skin and sun care; Samantha Hetherington, regional sales manager, home and personal care; and Simon Medley, sr. vice president, care chemicals and formulations, NA. Bottom, left to right (seated): Lisa Weber, head of quality, care chemicals, NA; Frank Freiler, vice president, beauty care solutions; Adel Collado, marketing manager, home and personal care; and Adrian Johnson, product manager, UV filters.
“Many people don’t realize that skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and by being here tonight, we are all helping to reduce the incidence of skin cancer today.”
Further, Robertson said, “The most effective way for us to reduce skin cancer is to use sunscreen. Today, less than 40% of Americans use sunscreen. We are committed to providing broad spectrum UV protection and we are proud that the Skin Cancer Foundation has recognized Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic with the Skin Cancer Seal of Recommendation.”
The Skin Cancer Foundation began accepting applications for the new Seal of Recommendation in July 2010, and will require full compliance by all current seal holders by May 2012.
Additional information is available at: www.SkinCancer.org.