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The 2016 New York Smile Event

12 May 2016
The 2016 New York Smile Event

On May 12th, Operation Smile held its 14th annual New York Smile Event at Cipriani's in Midtown Manhattan 42nd Street to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke presented the Universal Smile Award to actress Kate Hudson for her dedication to improving the lives of others and setting an example of exceptional leadership. Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee presented Andrew (Andy) J. Dolce with the John Connor Humanitarian Award in honor of his long-term work with Operation Smile Nicaragua, and CNN's New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota presented the Corporate Humanitarian Award to Mediterranean Shipping Company President Fabio Santucci in honor of the company’s steadfast support since 2011. Seven-year Smile Ambassador, Brooke Burke-Charvet, served as the Master of Ceremonies, and guests were treated to special performances by A Great Big World and DJ Eric Hutchinson.

Other notable guests in attendance included Jaimie Alexander, Oliver Platt, Diego Klattenhofff, Colin Donnell, Yaya DaCosta, Mary McDonald, Dani Stahl, Alvina Patel, Judgie Graham, Daniel Motta Mello, Claudine De Niro, Dori Cooperman, Jennifer Creel and Jason Weinberg. For more information, please contact Development Officer, Jessica Szramowski at jessica.szramowski@operationsmile.org or 757-321-3223.

  • “Operation Smile holds a very special place in my heart for a couple of reasons,” shared Kate Hudsonas she accepted the Universal Smile Award. “Operation Smile was my first experience witnessing how we can effect change. I was about 16 or 17 and my mother [Goldie Hawn] held an Operation Smile event in our backyard, and I’ll never forget meeting incredible doctors. Even as a young girl, getting an understanding of what it was they were providing for these children had a major impact on me.” (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Brooke Burke-Charvet, who served as Master of Ceremonies, has been actively involved with Operation Smile for the past seven years. “I pretty much do anything and everything they ask me to do,” Burke-Charvet said. “It’s a correctable deformity that takes less than an hour and $240. That’s really what got me hooked when I realized how little it takes for so many people, who can give, to change the lives of these children.” (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Fabio Santucci, President of Mediterranean Shipping Company, accepted the 2016 Operation Smile Corporate Humanitarian Award in honor of the company's long-term support. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • 2016 John Connor Humanitarian Award recipient, Andrew Dolce, received a standing ovation from event attendees as well as his family members for his work with Operation Smile Nicaragua. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • "Operation Smile is doing the most incredible work and it was an honor to be a part of their evening." -Ian Axel and Chad King from A Great Big World (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Blindspot actress Jaimie Alexander is joined on the red carpet by Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee and their granddaughters Olivia and Catalina. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Chicago Med's Colin Donnell attends Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Chicago Med and Chicago P.D.'s Oliver Platt attends Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Chicago Med's Yaya DaCosta attends Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile) 

  • The Perfect Provenance Founder Lisa DelBeccaro Lori and CNN's New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota share smiles on the red carpet at Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Arthur and Dr. Patrick Hazlewood attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • "I had the pleasure of attending Operation Smile's NYC Gala... and DJing the after-party. Operation Smile is a wonderfully inspiring organization that is changing people's lives and the world. I've personally been very moved to get more involved and have set a goal to raise $2400, which will pay for 10 life-changing facial surgeries. ANY amount you can donate would be generous. Thank you. OperationSmile.org/EricHutchinson" -Eric Hutchinson(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • The Blacklist's Diego Klattenhoff attends Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Lladró Chief Executive Officer, Juergen Woelflik, and Lladró Communications and Events Manager, Cristina Egido, attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Universal Smile Award recipient Kate Hudson and Master of Ceremonies Brooke Burke-Charvet share laughs on the red carpet with Operation Smile Co-Founders Kathy and Dr. Bill Magee. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Tim Schmid, Chief Strategic Customer Officer at Johnson & Johnson, shares stories from his Operation Smile medical mission experiences with daughter Ellie at the 2016 New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • For every surgery pledge of $240, guests received a teddy bear to give to a loved one and helped send a matching bear to a child awaiting surgery from Operation Smile. For more on the Three Little Bears, visit www.operationsmile.org/bears (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Gerard Guez and David Charvet attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Cory Paul Martin and Claudine De Niro attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Oscar de la Renta's Judgie Graham, Christian Louboutin’s Alvina Patel and NYLON’s Dani Stahl attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Kimberly-Clark North American Adult and Feminine Care Business President Jay Gottleib and guests attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)

  • Kimberly-Clark North American Adult and Feminine Care Business President Jay Gottleib and guests attend Operation Smile's 14th Annual New York Smile Event. (Photo: Cydcor via Instagram)

  • After presenting the Universal Smile Award to Kate Hudson, NBC Entertainment President shares smiles with her guests. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Wire Image for Operation Smile)