One To Watch
"I love what I do, but I love giving back even more,” says Dr. Melanie Palm, the dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon behind Art of Skin MD in Solana Beach. Since 2011, Palm has been an integral part of Angel Faces (angelfaces.com), the national nonprofit based in Encinitas that provides assistance for girls and young women with disfiguring injuries. In addition to joining the board last year, she regularly speaks at workshops and retreats, supports the annual gala (this year’s Evening With Angels is Dec. 2) and will host a fundraiser at her home in the spring. Ultimately, Palm’s goal is to create a network of doctors around the world who, like herself, will provide treatment for these young women free of charge.
These three trailblazers are carving out a new legacy while making a difference.
The San Diego Padres’ color commentator (and former starting pitcher) is the spokesperson for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center while also supporting Rady Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Down Syndrome Association of San Diego. As the man himself would say, that’s some kind of nice!
SDSU alumni and NFL superstar (the only player to ever amass 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving), now pro football analyst, started his namesake foundation in 1994, dedicated to creating brighter futures for underprivileged youth. Today, the organizaton is one of the biggest athlete-built nonprofits in town.
Tony Gwynn Jr.
This former Padre is carrying on his father’s (baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn) legacy by heading up the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, which provides financial and educational resources to underserved San Diegans. The S.D. native also recently started Gwynn Baseball—a program dedicated to developing the physical strength and skills of young athletes. Home run!