Wings of Hope for Melanoma Galas

Wings of Hope for Melanoma

At the Melanoma Research Foundation's (MRF) Wings of Hope for Melanoma galas, a Humanitarian Award is presented to a leader in the local medical community who has committed to fighting melanoma through exemplary patient care, cutting-edged research or scientific leadership. Courage Awards are also given to individuals who have shown tremendous strength in their personal battles with melanoma.

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2016 Galas

Denver - Tuesday, April 12th

The Fifth Annual Wings of Hope for Melanoma event will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at The Cable Center in Denver, Colorado. The annual event celebrates leaders in the melanoma medical community, recognizes individuals who are bravely battling melanoma and shares some of the exciting medical breakthroughs that are on the horizon for this disease. This April, the MRF will recognize the Colorado Head and Neck Specialists Medical Group - John Campana, MDR. Andrew Gaines, MD, Andrew J. Nemechek, MD and Christopher L. Oliver, MD with the Humanitarian Award and Scott Oliver, MD, Director of the Eye Cancer Program in the Department of Opthalmology at the University of Colorado with the CURE OM Vision of Hope Award. The event is also a wonderful culinary experience featuring some of the best restaurants in the Denver area! To learn more about the event, click here: Event information.

San Francisco - Thursday, May 19th

The Eighth Annual Wings of Hope for Melanoma gala will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, California. The annual event celebrates leaders in the melanoma medical community and recognizes individuals who are bravely battling melanoma. The evening is an opportunity to learn about research advancements and enjoy local culinary delights, fun games and unique silent auction items all in the company of others who share a passion and commitment to eradicate cutaneous, ocular, mucosal and pediatric melanoma. To learn more about the event, click here: Event information.

Chicago - TBD


New York City - TBD


Philadelphia - TBD


Washington, DC - TBD


Past Wings of Hope for Melanoma Galas

In 2015, the MRF held galas in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The events raised 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 tax-deductible donation, please contact the MRF at (800) 673-1290 or email Please note, the MRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,

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