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Shades of Hope

Date: October 27, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Four Seasons, Boston

Event Schedule


Sandi Dobbles
Gary Mendese, MD
Jill Rosen, Ed.D, LICSW
Ryan Rothwell
Brooke Sikora, MD
Robin Travers, MD

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Event Overview


Join us for this year’s celebration of our top supporters who tirelessly help us continue our mission of prevention and early detection of melanoma. This exclusive gathering will include a short program with delicious food stations, cocktails and fabulous live & silent auction. The experience continues with live entertainment, dancing and dessert. We can’t wait to see you for this VIP event! Buy your ticket or sponsorship today!

IMPACT Melanoma is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to melanoma prevention & support. Our aim is to create a future where the consequences of melanoma become a thing of the past. 


Each year the Board of Directors of IMPACT Melanoma presents the Keeper of the Hope Award to a member of our IMPACT community whose generosity, vision and commitment to the organization over time is unwavering. This award is named after Suzanne Donahue, a young woman who lost her battle with melanoma at age 37. Suzanne was gracious, giving and reminded us all about the power of giving-back no matter what your circumstance.

We are thrilled to announce that the Keeper of the Hope Award honoree is Dr. Emily Wise. Emily will be presented with this award at our annual Shades of Hope Celebration on Friday, October 27, 2023 at the Four Seasons Boston.

It all began in 2005 when Emily Wise approached us when she was as a medical student at Boston University and was looking for opportunities to volunteer and make a difference to reduce the risk of skin cancer and melanoma. Little did we know that almost 20 years later, Emily would still be active with IMPACT Melanoma as a teacher and medical advisory board member. For nearly 20 years, Emily has been a member of the Board of Directors, worked to make tanning bed history for teens in New England, trained hundreds of beauty professionals with the Skinny On Skin program, and helped bring Your Skin Is In to high schools nationwide.

Today, Emily is a board certified dermatologist and the founder of Derm Wellesley, a full service dermatology practice as well as a wife and mother of two young children.

We are so grateful for Emily’s expertise, continued commitment to educating others and support for IMPACT Melanoma’s mission.

Emcee & Auctioneer: David O’Leary

David has been a fixture in the Boston radio and television market for over 30 years. He is best known for his role on Morning Magic and has been with the Magic 106.7 since 2004. He is a Boston native and always ready with a quick laugh as he wakes you up every weekday morning. We look forward to having David join us on the stage again this year!


We are grateful to our sponsors whose dedication and financial support allow us to provide free educational programs nationwide. These funds help with our mission of prevention and early detection of melanoma. Our work would not be possible without you. Join the family of IMPACT sponsors! View our sponsorship levels and benefits HERE!

Diamond Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Kathy & David Donahue
Ed & Sandi Dobbles
Amy Walls & George Liss

Strata DX
Copper Sponsor:
Denise & Stephen Dunbar
The Rosen Family in memory of Jacob
South Coast Dermatology
StracSkin, PLLC

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Sun Safe College Campus

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Melanoma Symposiums