Brown Skin Too Foundation will hold its second annual benefit gala “Melanin Bright, Shine the Light” from 6 to 11 p.m. May 18 at the Clarion Hotel, The Belle, 1612 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle.

The keynote address will be presented by board member Candrice R. Heath, of Premier Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Newark. Heath is a board-certified dermatologist and nationally recognized author, speaker and expert in dermatology for children and adults.

“People of color are less likely to develop skin cancer, but when they do, it’s often diagnosed at a later stage and, in the case of melanoma, can have deadly consequences. Whether of Asian, African or Hispanic descent, everyone should protect their skin. By wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, avoiding tanning beds, examining your skin from head to toe every month and seeing your dermatologist for a skin examination, you can protect your skin and benefit from the early detection of skin cancer,” said Heath.

Brown Skin Too Foundation was founded in memory of Tanya A. Haman, who died Dec. 2, 2015, at the age of 44 after a two-month battle with Stage 4 melanoma. Haman is the daughter of Joan G. Mitchell, resident of Townsend.

Founded by Haman’s sister, Tereska E. James (formerly Haman), Brown Skin Too Foundation provides education and awareness of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer and promotes skin wellness among people of color.

“We wanted to bring something positive out of Tanya’s untimely passing and honor her in a way that would preserve her spirit of helping others. It also gives people a way to pay tribute to her and keep her memory alive,” said James.

Tickets are $65 and are available at No tickets will be sold at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated in Haman’s name to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute in Newark.

For more, visit; mail to P.O. Box 27, Townsend, DE

19734; email; or call 382-3016.