Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit
Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit
 

October 11, 2014

3rd Annual Operation Smile Event Honored Musician and Do It For the Love Foundation Founder

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3rd Annual Operation Smile Event Honored Musician and Do It For the Love Foundation Founder, Michael Franti, with the Inaugural San Francisco Universal Smile Award. Gala Hosted by Liam Mayclem of CBS 5TV’s Eye on the Bay
Michael Franti Performed Short Acoustic Set, credits Woody Harrelson for #1 Hit ‘Say Hey’

WHO: Operation Smile the world’s largest medical charity of its kind providing free cleft surgery and care, held its Smile Gala in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. Celebrity guests included Michael Franti (Musician, Humanitarian, Universal Smile Award recipient), Liam Mayclem (Eye on the Bay), Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls & Smile Ambassador) and Hooman Khalili (Alice 97.3). Notable guests include: Event Co-Chairs, Shab Farzaneh & Shirin Aryanpour and Lisa Lori, Honorary Event Chair & Founders Circle member, Kristie Magee Porcaro (Family member of Operation Smile co-founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee & Operation Smile SVP of US and Global Philanthropy), Sara Agah (Co-Founder, Do it For The Love) and Laura Levesque Page (Do It For The Love, ED). Operation Smile, Smile & Host committee members included Homayra Arghandiwal, Leila Azad, Fiorella Giusti-Barrera, Floria Hakimi, Janet Lautenberger, Luke Lori, Jessica Malek, Katie Plotts, Chris Anderson, Natalie Cvijanovich, Kathy Van Zeeland, Gina Pell, Christa Porcaro, Marney Tenney and Hoss Zare.

WHAT: The Smile Event honored Michael Franti for his tireless work with the Do It For the Love Foundation which brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts. Franti brought the crowd to its feet with his barefoot short acoustic performance where he shared with the crowd his hit song, ‘Say Hey’ was incepted in Woody Harrelson’s shower. Guests also enjoyed hosted wine by Ca’ Momi’s special label wine, Do It For The Love while CBS 5TV’s Eye on the Bay, Liam Mayclem, who briefly sang on stage with Franti, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The gala raised nearly $150,000 and Live Auction donors received one of the Three Little Bears, Zachary, Luke and Griffin Lori, named after Lisa Lori’s sons. Plastic surgeon Dr. Walter Peet also shared photos and memories from his 15 years of service with Operation Smile. DJ Jimmy Bell spun at the post Gala VIP after-party - an Operation Smile signature tradition.

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014, Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
SOCIAL MEDIA: @OperationSmile @MichaelFranti @DoIt_ForTheLove #SmileGala

QUOTE: Michael Franti: “It is an honor to be Operation Smile’s first San Francisco Universal Smile Award recipient.
Sara {Agah, Co-Founder} and I have both witnessed how moments of joy can bring inspiration and hope to people at times of greatest need.”

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ABOUT OPERATION SMILE: Operation Smile is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children with a presence in more than 60 countries and network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. For updates on Operation Smile’s global efforts or the Three Little Bears, visit, www.operationsmile.org/sfgala, www.twitter.com/operationsmile, www.facebook.com/operationsmile, www.operationsmile.org/bears.

ABOUT DO IT FOR THE LOVE FOUNDATION: Do It For The Love Foundation is a global nonprofit wish granting foundation that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope, and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma. For more information, please visit, www.doitforthelove.org.

PRESS CONTACTS: Monica M. Jaramillo | 310.701.9714 | MJ@MonicaJaramilloPR.com

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