11th Annual New York Smile Event
Held at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, May 2nd, the Smile Gala raised nearly $1.2 million dollars for children in need! Smile Ambassadors and supporters were on hand including Mena Suvari (Actress, American Beauty), Jessica Stam (Activist & Supermodel), Sabrina Soto (Designed & TV Host) and Kate Flannery (Award Winning Actress, The Office). Guests also included Founding Chairs: the Trump Family, Tisch Family and Hearst Family, as well as Miss Universe, Miss USA and the Miss Universe team, and dear friends & supporters of Operation Smile.
The event honored entrepreneur and humanitarian Yue-Sai Kan with the Universal Smile Award, and PepsiCo with the Corporate Humanitarian Award, recognizing their support to Operation Smile and the thousands of children they have helped with this generosity. Joshua Perez, a young patient of Operation Smile, and his family shared their inspirational story and announced that Joshua personally raised $1,000 by doing a community garage sale -- which he presented to Dr Magee and Operation Smile. Event co-chairs Lydia Hearst and Lacey Tisch shared heartfelt speeches about their philanthropic involvement with Operation Smile throughout the years. Finally, Lee England Jr. (known as “The Michael Jordan of the Violin”) and Aloe Blacc performed for guests as we closed out the evening.
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