Operation Smile in Southampton August 22, 2009
Danielle Winick, Jr. Committee Chair and our host was accompanied by her father Jeff Winick; well known for his thriving commercial real estate firm Winick Realty in Manhattan. Katherine Kremer, co-chair of the NYC Jr. Smile Collection Event was there with her parents; Suzan and Jerry Kremer.
Some of the Celebrity Ambassadors associated with Operation Smile are Roma Downey, Jessica Simpson, and Billy Bush. Operation Smiles motto is, "Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time." Teams of physicians treat children's facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate around the world.To learn more go to http://www.operationsmile.org. Tatiana Sotiriou said, "The surgery takes 45 minutes and costs approximately $240 per child."
According to Operation Smiles web site, as the Southampton event was conducted lives were being changed across the world:
Gujarat, India: August 20 - 28, 2009
"An Operation Smile team of medical volunteers will work in Gujarat to change the lives of Indian children. The medical and non-medical volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, an orthodontist, a speech therapist and others, will work alongside their Indian counterparts.
The team will provide free physical examinations and reconstructive surgeries for children and young adults with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
Since Operation Smile's first mission to India in 2002, volunteers have provided free physical examinations for more than 4,880 patients and life-changing surgery for more than 2,306 children and young adults during international medical missions in India."
Mitchell Modell ran the live auction with the skill of a seasoned auctioneer. Dr. Larry Rosenthal "Dentist to the Stars" and his associate donated a $30,000 complete dental makeover which fetched $10,000 from shoe mogul Bobbie Campbell, Britney Spears Circus Concert tickets paired with dinner for two at Nello's brought in almost $3,000. There were Mets tickets, Yankee tickets, and great auction items allowing guests to bid on their favorite passion in the name of charity.
There were a lot of smiles on the beautiful faces of the crowd of all ages. This event was fun for all!
A special congratulations to the Jr. Committee for your compassion to help others.
Story and photos by Sara Herbert-Galloway
Operation Smile's event was at Southamptons Night and Day Beachclub. Jr. Committee ChairDanielle Winickdaughter of Jeff Winick of Winick Realty hosted. Marshall Modell an live auction. Britney Spears tickets went for 3000. Celebrity Ambassadors are Jesica SimpsonRoma Downey and Billy Bush. photos and story Sara HerbertGalloway www.herbertcollection.com