Fashion show and golf raise funds for Melanoma foundation


January 26, 2017

Get ready for a luncheon and fashion show to benefit The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.

The 18th annual “Eclipse 2017” will take place Feb. 6 at The Breakers Palm Beach. American fashion designer Dennis Basso will present highlights from his Spring 2017 collection, as seen in his New York Fashion Show.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a silent auction, followed by a gourmet lunch and the show at noon.

Merrill Fisher Gottesman will serve as event chair, with co-chairs Hermé de Wyman Miro, Ari Rifkin, Arlette Gordon, Rhoda Chase, Joan G. Rubin and Marianne Gold.

Tickets to “Eclipse 2017,” formerly known as “SunSational,” are $325. Profits will support the expansion of the organization’s programs and resources, thus furthering the mission of education involving skin cancers.

Before “Eclipse 2017,” the organization will host its “RDK Melanoma Golf Classic.” The sold-out tournament begins at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, at The Breakers Ocean Course.

Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will be the guest host. Schmidt, a melanoma survivor, education advocate and Palm Beach County resident, spreads the important message of sun safety locally and nationally.

“I spent my life in the sun without protection,” he said. “I’m currently a melanoma survivor because I see my dermatologist regularly.”

The legendary Jack Nicklaus will be the golf luncheon’s celebrity guest.

This year’s event chair is Charles Gottesman. Co-chairs are Dr. Lawrence Katzen and Harvey Gold.

For more information about the foundation, visit For information about “Eclipse 2017,” visit For either, call 561-655-9655.

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