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NEW YORK — The Skin Cancer Foundation outdid itself this week — by far.
The organization held its sixth annual Skin Sense Award Gala on Monday, raising $900,000 for skin cancer awareness and prevention, an amount that widely eclipsed the $350,000 sum raised in 2000. Last year’s gala was canceled because of the Sept. 11 attacks. Monday’s soirée also honored two beauty insiders: Jack Stahl, president and chief executive officer of Revlon, and Pete Born, vice president and associate publisher of WWD.
In presenting Stahl, Steven T. Florio, president and ceo of Condé Nast Publications, noted that the former Coke executive “gave up the soda fizz of Atlanta for the beauty buzz of New York,” when he joined Revlon in mid-February. Stahl pledged continued support to the Skin Cancer Foundation, telling the audience of 600-plus that, “Yes, Revlon cares about women’s looks, but tonight is great evidence that our company cares about women’s lives.”
Leonard Lauder, chairman of The Estée Lauder Cos., introduced Born, reciting a laudatory list of remarks by several beauty executives. Skin cancer survivor Michelle Charlesworth, a reporter for New York’s ABC affiliate, emceed the gala, which also featured remarks by Dr. Perry Robbins, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. Revlon spokeswoman Karen Duffy presented the foundation’s Excellence in Media Award to Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure, who spoke of eliminating the term “healthy tan” from the title’s editorial pages — a nod to the sun’s negative effects on the skin.