Operation Smile to Honor Kate Hudson, Andrew Dolce & Mediterranean Shipping Company at 14th Annual Smile Gala Hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet

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The black-tie gala will be held at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York

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Operation Smile will honor Kate Hudson, Andrew Dolce, and Mediterranean Shipping Company at this year’s 14th Annual Smile Event in New York City. The evening will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th at Cipriani 42nd Street and will help to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Longtime Smile ambassador, Brooke Burke-Charvet, will be the master of ceremonies.

Kate Hudson will receive the Universal Smile Award 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 will present Andrew Dolce with the John Connor Humanitarian Award and Mediterranean Shipping Company will receive the children’s medical charity’s Corporate Humanitarian Award.

Guests will celebrate over 240,000 life-changing surgical interventions, and learn about how we are expanding our reach to include permanent cleft care centers, while training and educating local professionals to help us find the patients who are the hardest to reach in the most remote regions. “We are so excited to celebrate the hard-work of Operation Smile and our supporters. We believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that they deserve to be treated as if they were our own,” says Dr. Bill Magee, CEO and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. The evening will include a cocktail reception, premier dinner, live auction, and entertainment followed by an after party with music from DJ Eric Hutchinson.

Fellow supporters and committee members, Nancy H. Arias, Chris Ashley, Jared S. Baumeister, Stacey Bendet-Eisner, Joe & Ann Berkery, Cyndi Berzow, Jason Binn, Alison Brettschneider, Jess Levin Conroy, Dori Cooperman, James and Cory Cotto, Claudine DeNiro, Dr. Forouzan Ghaffari & Associates , Johnson & Johnson, Rich & Jana Kleiman, Mat and Lisa Lori, James and Barbara Majeski, Corey Reese, Charlotte Ronson, Amy Sacco, Jennifer Salke, Dani Stahl, Mark & Candy Udell and Randi Udell- Alper will also be in attendance to lend their support to this year’s event.

About Operation Smile
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

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