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The Smile Gala San Francisco 2016

05 Nov 2016
The Smile Gala San Francisco 2016

 

*We're sorry, but online ticketing has closed. For tickets and information, please contact April Le at 757-321-3269.

 

Operation Smile gave the San Francisco community something to smile about on Saturday, November 5th, as it celebrated its 5th Annual Gala at the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts San Francisco Hotel. The inspiring evening raised over $220,000, enough funds to provide life-changing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for over 900 children, and honored Balsam Hill, the leading retailer of beautifully realistic artificial Christmas trees, with the Corporate Humanitarian Award for their support since 2014. Pediatrician Dr. Arash Babaoff, who has volunteered on over 40 medical missions with Operation Smile, shared heartfelt stories of the impact that a cleft lip surgery, which takes as little as 45 minutes to complete, can make on the life of a child, and Bay Area native Matt Nicholas stole the show sharing stories about his younger brother James, who was born with a cleft lip. “I will always be his protector,” said Nicholas. “He was perfect to me, but I worried if people would make fun of him. I want all kids that are born with a cleft to have the same opportunity as my brother. No one deserves to be made fun of. Please give money to this great cause.” The evening's awards were donated by Spanish porcelain company Lladró as guests sipped on wine from both Ca' Momi Winery and White Oak Vineyards and Winery. Guests took home bottles of Hint Water, who joined Fremont Bank and Mo and Jessica Malek as Major Event Sponsors. The gala was chaired by Shab Farzaneh and Shirin Aryanpour and KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area's Liam Mayclem served as Master of Ceremonies. For more information, visit www.operationsmile.org/sfgala.

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Who:
300+ Guests Joining Forces to Help Children Worldwide

Event Chairs:
Shab Farzaneh & Shirin Aryanpour

What:
Dinner, Awards & Entertainment

Attire:
Formal

Where:
InterContinental Hotel San Francisco
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

When:
Saturday, November 5, 2016
6:30 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00 pm Dinner, Awards & Entertainment

Why:
A surgery can change a child's life forever; you have the power to help transform a child's life.

For additional information:
Please contact Development Officer, April Le, at 757-321-3269 or by email at april.le@operationsmile.org

  • MC Liam Mayclem of CBS5, presented the Corporate Humanitarian Award to CEO, Mac Harmon and EVP Kristen Gasior of Balsam Hill during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Special Guests James and Matt Nicholas with Event Chairs Shabnam Farzaneh and Shirin Aryanpour during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Operation Smile Medical Volunteer, Arash Babaoff presents during the 5th Annual San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Major Sponsors Jessica and Mo Malek during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Major Sponsor, Fremont Bank and Guests, during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Major Sponsor, Hint Water's CEO, Kara Goldin with her husband Theo during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • San Francisco Volunteers during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Gouya Zamani and Shannon Yee of Gouya and Shannon Fine Jewelery during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Special Guest Presenters James and Matt Nichiolas during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)

  • Chef and supporter Marc Salman with Nazem and Michaela Ahmadi during the 5th Annual Operation Smile San Francisco Smile Gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (Photos by Ricky Camargo)