2017 Park City Celebrity Smile Challenge
Operation Smile's 6th Annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, presented by the Rodosky family, raised over $550,000 for children around the world born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. NBC stars of the hit show, This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan cheered on Zachary Levi, David Coleman and Bryan Greenberg as they raced at Park City Mountain Resort in the annual ski tournament.
Superstore cast members Lauren Ash, Nichole Bloom and Colton Dunn also joined in the effort to raise awareness for Operation Smile and support event co-chair and President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, and her son Henry Salke who was born with a cleft lip. The 17-year-old has been championing fundraising efforts to help others who are born with cleft conditions in low- and middle-income with the help of his sisters and fellow Junior Event Chairs, Georgia and Kate Salke.
Ashlee Simpson-Ross and daughter Jagger cheered on hubby and last year’s podium finisher, Evan Ross, as he went head-to-head on the slopes in several dual ski races to support Operation Smile. This year, Evan took home 4th place against winners Matt Iseman, Darren Criss and Taylor Kinney.
Later in the evening, long-time Smile Ambassadors Roma Downey and Mark Burnett joined racers, donors and celebrity guests, including Jesse Lee Soffer of Chicago P.D., at a dinner hosted by The St. Regis Deer Valley. Event co-chairs Brooke Burke and David Charvet had the A-list crowd in tears showcasing their eight and nine-year-old children's lemonade stand, which raised $1,300 for Operation Smile in just one day. The entire family has been steadfast supporters since volunteering during a Mexico medical mission alongside Operation Smile founders, Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee. Before departing, singer and songwriter Skylar Grey had the room on their feet after her performance of "Love the Way You Lie".
After an emotional night, the Hollywood stars retired for s’mores by the fireplace before returning back to LA compliments of JETLUX. Check out your favorite celebrity’s personal fundraising page and support their efforts to heal smiles! (Photos by Chad Hurst/Getty Images)