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About Twin Ports Dermatology’s “Give Back” Campaign

When Duluth native Anthony Smith and his wife Heather began the process of opening Twin Ports Dermatology in 2015, they had two main goals. The first was to provide the Northland with quality, accessible Dermatology care. The second was to find a way to give back to the community they call home. 

Twin Ports Dermatology is excited to announce our “Give Back” campaign. The “Give Back” campaign will allow Twin Ports Dermatology to support the community that supports us. Starting November 2021, a monthly donation will be given to a local or MN/WI-based organization.    

Heather and Anthony have incorporated their team of employees to join them in this campaign by helping select charities and organizations near and dear to their hearts to donate to.

“We are elated to be able to give back to our wonderful community and state that has supported us through the years”. ~ Heather and Anthony Smith

How Does the Giveback Program Work?

Each month a new charity or organization from the Northland or MN/WI to receive a donation from Twin Ports Dermatology. Charities are selected by our team. Each month, a different team member is selected to choose who they wish to donate to. It’s important to get our staff involved because they contribute so much to our success.

How to Request a Donation?

Beyond our “Give Back” campaign, we also accept donation requests. We enjoy sponsoring local events with raffle prizes. If you have an upcoming benefit or fundraiser, please email mwernimont@twinportsderm.com. Donation requests should be received at least one (1) month prior to the event.

Twin Port’s Give Back Charity Affiliates

Honor Flight Northland

Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Northland

23rd Veteran

Minnesota Stroke Association

Town Line Equestrian School

The Duluth Public Library

The Arc Northland

Heroes Helping Heroes

Strong Compass

Project Joy

Trans Northland

Hi all, I’m Colleen! I’m cis gender and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m an RN here at Twin Ports Dermatology so chances are good that we’ve connected over the phone or in person. For TPD’s Give Back Campaign this month, I chose Trans Northland.
Trans Northland, formally Trans Plus is a community group that provides support, advocacy, and education on behalf of our trans community members. Those who would self-identify under the transgender umbrella use labels that they are most comfortable with to define their gender. You may see terms like Transwoman, Transman, Transmasculine, Gender Queer, Non-binary, and Gender Diverse to name a few. This is often a very personal and important part of their identity.
Trans Northland is based in Duluth but supports a wider community throughout the region of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. We need organizations like this to support our trans community because they are at significantly higher risk for mental health disorders and suicide than the cis gender community. This is in part due to lack of acceptance, understanding, discrimination, and violence. Creating a safe space for trans folks is often found in the details, such as correct pronoun use and direct language rather than making assumptions about someone’s identity.
I’ve been an ally for many years to friends and people in the LGBTQ community and it’s important to me to help effect positive change. I’ve been especially motivated as I’ve witnessed or been part of the sometimes-unique healthcare needs of people within the community and the associated challenges these needs may pose. I chose Trans Northland because when you become an ally to transgender people, our actions can help change the culture and make society a better and safer place for all people transgender or not!
Thank you, Twin Ports Dermatology, for making this contribution on my behalf!

Sun Safety Education

Sun Safety Education is so important! This May, our Twin Ports Dermatology team (Kayla Olds, Jenna Meyer, and Michelle Savage) volunteered to teach children across the Northland how to protect their skin from the sun.

Thank you to Assumption Catholic School, Hartley Nature Center, and Hermantown/Proctor Early Learning for giving us the opportunity to give back! We enjoyed it so much and think the kiddos did too!

Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN)

For TPD’s Give Back Campaign this month, I chose the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN).

DSDN is the largest national organization supporting new and expectant parents with a Down syndrome diagnosis. Their mission is to connect, support and provide accurate information and education to parents and medical professionals.

Organizations like DSDN provide support to families in various ways like pregnancy care packages, access to resources in raising a child with Down syndrome, scholarships and adoption grants. DSDN provides opportunities for families to connect through different events. They also work with OB/GYNs and medical providers on how to deliver unexpected diagnoses by providing resources that are supportive and educational.

I chose this organization because I have a niece who has Down syndrome. A similar organization to DSDN has been huge in offering support to my brother and his family ever since they received Emily’s diagnosis prior to being born. Every September, our family walks with Emily at a “fun” raising walk to support and raise awareness.

Emily is almost 11 years old and doing amazing! She is so kind, silly and loving. She loves all kinds of sports and plays basketball, tennis, golf, swimming and hockey. She is her older brother’s (and his team) biggest fan when it comes hockey and has even been nicknamed “Emily (Herb) Brooks”. Emily is Rockin’ that extra chromosome and I am a proud Rockin’ auntie!

Mentor North – Duluth

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation

To everyone touched by breast cancer, know Twin Ports Dermatology is with you in your fight.
That is why 10% of our Optimal Skin care line proceeds are being donated to the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation for the entire month of October. We join together in our mission to help alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with breast cancer treatment in our community.
When you invest in your skin health, you also actively invest in helping those in need. Together we strive towards our healthiest selves!

Animal Allies

“I have had a dog my whole life. My parents always had dogs when I was growing up, and I have had a dog most of my adult life as well. I chose animal allies because I wish ALL animals had a loving home. They love you unconditionally, and they deserve the same. It breaks my heart and makes me angry to see neglected and abandoned animals. Thank you, Twin Ports Dermatology, for donating to this cause on my behalf.”

-Laurie Patnode-Childs

Life House and Duluth

This month, Dr. Samuelson chose Life House Duluth for our Give Back Campaign because he would like all kids to be able to fulfill their potential no matter where they come from.

Keys Charity Fund Annual Golf Classic

Last Year’s Donations & Involvement

Angel Fund – Nonprofit providing financial assistance to MN residents facing cancer for expenses not covered by medical insurance
Big Top Chautauqua – Supporting local artists 2023
Blackwoods ALS Blizzard Tour “Never Surrender” AND ALS Walleye Fishing Tournament supporting ALS Funding the Fight Against ALS
Chisholm Community Foundation – Community Foundation
Duluth Chamber of Commerce – Duluth Area Chamber Foundation
Denfeld School
Boys Hockey
High School Graduation Party – Support Safe, Fun Graduation Celebration
High School Theater Department
High School Robotics
Musical Department, Chicago
Duluth East School
Hockey Program – Supporting hockey program to defer costs to families
High School Theater Department
Duluth Figure Skating – Duluth Figure Skating Ice Show sponsorship
Duluth Girls Fast Pitch- Sponsorship Fast Pitch Season
Duluth Library Foundation
Duluth Playhouse
Duluth Scottish Heritage Association
Duluth Wolfpack LaCrosse
Dunk’n Joy Fundraiser – Local Childhood Hunger
Enger Park Golf Course
Eshquaguma Country Club
Festival of Trees
First Witness – First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Grand Rapids Thunderhawks – Cure for Cancer Fundraiser
Grandmas Marathon
Great Lakes Aquarium
Head of the Lakes United Way – Support improvement to health, education, and financial stability in the local community
Hibbing Chamber of Commerce
Homecroft PTA

Ideal Athletics – Cheer Competition Fundraiser
Longview Tennis Sponsorship
Many Rivers Montessori
Matt Oven Benefit – Family Benefit
Melanie Richards Kirkes Fundraiser – Cancer BenefitMiller Dwan Foundation – ARTcetera Gala (essential healthcare services to the local community)
MOCA Light Duluth Teal Gala – Ovarian Cancer Gala
Montessori School – Annual School Fundraiser for Building Repairs
New Hope LOVE Gala – Supports Foster Children & Families
Northern Lights Foundation – Local Children’s Charity (facing life-threatening illnesses)
Northern Stars Hockey
Northland Human Resources – Nonprofit supporting MHRA and SHRM
Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser
Proctor All Night Graduation Party – Support Fun, Safe Environment to Celebrate
Project Joy – Raising money to end hunger in the Northland
Rally For The Cure Tournament – St. Luke’s Breast Cancer Foundation
Ridgeview Country Club
Ridgeview Gold
Ridgeview Ladies Arrowhead
Safe Haven – Winter clothing and hygiene donations
SHS Spartans St Lukes Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Silver Bay Schools
Star of the North – North Maternity Home – Supporting a safe home with food, shelter, and clothing for moms and children
Superior Hockey
Tiffany Bodin Benefit – Family benefit
Twig Hockey – Supporting ice mites, mites, and squirt levels
Twin Port Rampage Softball League
United Way of NE MN – Feed Local Children and Buddy Backpacks
United Way of NE MN – Literacy Program
Woodland Hockey


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