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35th Anniversary Celebration

Nov 17 2017
6:00pm (EST)

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Operation Smile celebrated 35 years of providing free surgeries for children and young adults in low- and middle-income countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee became inspired to create Operation Smile after witnessing the dire need for life-changing cleft surgeries firsthand in 1982. Through their vision and leadership, and the selfless dedication of our global network of medical volunteers, we have been able to provide people in some of the world’s most impoverished places with safe surgery and deliver ongoing treatment at centers of care around the world. Our services have been – and always will be – free of charge to our patients.

The need remains as dire as ever: Every year, more people die because of lack of access to surgical care than from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

At Operation Smile, we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. That’s what drives each and every one of our staff, volunteers and supporters who are moved every day to restore health and dignity to children suffering needlessly from cleft conditions.

Business and community leaders, celebrity Smile Ambassadors and philanthropically-minded individuals have given so generously to ensure that the smiles of children around the world are healed, giving them the opportunity to live healthy and happy lives.

With your support, how many more lives can we change together?

Presented by:


Table Hosts and Sponsors

13News Now Atherton Construction and Development Drina & Leonard Bennett Birdsong Peanuts
Carol Ashinoff & Robert Cassidy Christian Broadcasting Network Marianne & Doug Dickerson Martha & Wendell Franklin
Linda & Jim Haas Hilton – The Main Holroyd Family/Studio Center Angie & Gene Loving
Beth & Jimmy Marshall Mediterranean Shipping Company (Norfolk) Jack & Debi Mellon Venisse Georgalas & Richard Morton
Melissa DiBona & Michael Mosgrove Nicholson Family Port of Virginia John & Ruth Pugh
Aldo’s Ristorante Sinclair Communications Sky Surgical SwimWays
The Ashe Family The Magee Family TowneBank Rosenblum Plastic Surgery
Virginia Beach Economic Development Steve and Mara Fredrickson The Alan & Ann Nusbaum Family Foundation
LifeNet Health Alex and Amanda Marshall NATO HQ SACT Partners' Club Ron Villanueva
Kevin Rack Troutman Sanders Stihl

Honorary Chair
Mrs. Cindy McCain

Masters of Ceremonies
Morgan Davis
Allen Fabijan

Nancy & Emanuel Arias
Mary Anne & Joe Canada
Senator Bill DeSteph
Venisse Georgalas & Richard Morton
Ruth & John Pugh
Patricia & Douglas Wilbourne

Board of Directors
Christopher Anderson
Samuel P. Fuller
Bill Magee
Kathy Magee
Todd Magee
Alex J. Marshall
Kevin Miller
Jerry Moyes
William K. Wynne

Friends of Operation Smile

Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander Brigette & David Clifford Angela & David Conte
Dana & Pete Decker III Jennifer & Tom Dye Courtney & Chris Graves
Missy & Carlton Harwood Deb & Tim Holroyd Marina & Terry Hunt
Jay Jamison Caroline & Mike Jones Marscheider Family
Frances & Harvey Lindsey Edna Mendelsohn Maria & Savvas Mendrinos
Linda & Don Nopper Rose & Anthony Peluso Kristie & Erik Porcaro
Stephanie & Woody Prettyman Holly & Joe Ruddy Crissy & Mark Scott
Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. Congressman Scott Taylor Alice & Harris Titsis
Luciana & Johan Varverud Melanie & Jason Zampi Pam & Chris Zettervall