Wings of Hope for Melanoma Galas

Wings of Hope for Melanoma

During the MRF's Wings of Hope for Melanoma galas, we recognize true heroes and tremendous strength in the melanoma community with the MRF's Humanitarian and Courage Awards. Join us at anyone or all of our galas to help raise awareness and much-needed funding for melanoma research!

The MRF presents the Humanitarian Award to those in the local community who have committed to fighting melanoma through exemplary patient care, cutting-edged research and scientific leadership and the Courage Award to individuals who have shown tremendous strength in their battles with melanoma.

Be sure to visit this page often for updates about upcoming galas!

2015 Galas

Denver - Tuesday, April 28th 

Held at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado. The MRF honored Richard G. Asarch, M.D.., founder of the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Mohs Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the MRF's Humanitarian Award. Event information.

San Francisco - Saturday, June 6th 

Held at Terra Gallery, San Francisco. We will be honoring Lynn E. Spitler, M.D., founder of the Melanoma Clinic at Children's Hospital of San Francisco, the forerunner of the current Northern California Melanoma Center (NCMC). Event information.

Chicago - Wednesday, October 21st 

Held at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. We will be honoring James O. Ertle, M.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology at Rush University School of Medicine in Chicago, Board Certified Dermatologist and Honorary Member of the American Academy of Dermatology.  Event information

New York City - Thursday, October 29th 

Held at Capitale. We will be honoring Darrell S. Rigel, M.D., founder of Rigel Dermatology Group and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University. Event information

Philadelphia - Thursday, November 5th

Held at The Down Town Club. The MRF will be honoring Christine L. Egan, M.D., Dermatology Ltd., Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Event information.

Washington, D.C. - Saturday, November 7th

Held at the Trump National Gold Club in Potomac Falls, VA. The 7th Annual Wings of Hope D.C. gala will honor those who have been impacted by melanoma. Event information.


Past Wings of Hope for Melanoma Galas

In 2014 the MRF held galas in Denver, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C.., raising more than one million dollars for melanoma research!  View the photos of these and other past galas.


For further information about the Wings of Hope for Melanoma galas, to purchase tickets, learn about sponsorship opportunities, or make a donation, please contact the MRF at (800) 673-1290 or email Please note that all financial contributions to the MRF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax deductible. 

The MRF also hosts many other special events, such as seminars, 5k run/walks, and educational symposia and webinars. Browse upcoming events.