EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World Resort was the setting for the 2017 President’s Gala in Orlando, Florida. The event showcased an international cast of characters, including a colorful collection of pantomimic performers, as well as an AAD resident illusionist, Angela Funovits, MD; and all culminating the presidency of Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA. More than 500 guests attended the Gala, which was cochaired by vice president Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD. 1. Left to right: David M. Pariser, MD, and Robert J. Pariser, MD. 2. Left to right: Marta J. Van Beek, MD, MPH; Kevin Fickenscher, MD; Suzanne Olbricht, MD; and Jack S. Resneck Jr., MD, with performers. 3. Posing with performer (center) is Victor Clavelli, Pfizer (left) and Darrell S. Rigel, MD (right). 4. Left to right: Roger I. Ceilley, MD; Raymond L. Cornelison Jr., MD; and Clay J. Cockerell, MD. 5. Michael Rancourt, AbbVie, with Angela Funovits, MD, mentalist and illusionist. 6. Left to right: Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD; Rose Miller-Sims; Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA; Eileen Tomecki; and Peter Tomecki. 7. Left to right: Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD; Fabio Cuiabano, MD; Johnnie Amonette; and Rex A. Amonette, MD. The Gala provided the opportunity to recognize Academy leaders, commend individual achievements, honor innovators in dermatology, and celebrate the international cultures that are represented within the specialty. And thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, $1.2 million was raised in support of the AAD Shade Structure Grant Program and other critical programs and services. 8. Left to right: Ashley Mandy; Stephen H. Mandy, MD; Daneen Stiefel; Charles Stiefel; Kevin D. Cooper, MD; and Robin Cooper. 9. Gala performers with Lilly USA staff. 10. Mamie Wong Lim, MD, and current AAD president Henry W. Lim, MD. 11. Left to right: Vilma Torres, MD; Brianna Torres; Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA; and Nicole Torres.
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