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Black Tie International:
2014 Smile Gala in Los Angeles
Photos By:  Vince Bucci

 

Kate Walsh presented the Universal Award to Billy Bush.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci


Kate Walsh presented the Universal Award to Billy Bush

 

 

Operation Smile Honors Billy Bush, Ken Corday


and the Sharon D. Lund Foundation


at 2014 Smile Gala in Los Angeles
 

The Smile Gala Raised More than $1 Million to Benefit Operation Smile

Special Performance by The Voice star Judith Hill


 

Deidre Hall presented the John Connor Humanitarian Award to Ken Corday.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci
 
Deidre Hall presented the John Connor Humanitarian Award to Ken Corday
 

 

Sharon D. Lund Foundation Trustees received the Founders Circle Award – (L-R) Eric Gowey, Michelle Lund (daughter of Sharon Lund, granddaughter of Walt Disney), Gloria and Bob Wilson.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

 Sharon D. Lund Foundation Trustees received the Founders Circle Award
(L-R) Eric Gowey, Michelle Lund (daughter of Sharon Lund, granddaughter of
Walt Disney), Gloria and Bob Wilson

 
 

 .  Photo by:  Vince Bucci
 
Smile Ambassadors David Charvet and Brooke Burke-Charvet
 

 

Operation Smile Founders Kathy and Dr. Bill Magee.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci 

Operation Smile Founders Kathy and Dr. Bill Magee
 

 

Judith Hill performing on stage.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

Judith Hill performing on stage

 
 

 Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz (of Glee).  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

 Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz (of Glee)

 
 

Bethany Hotchkiss and Smile Ambassador Shariff Atkins.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

Bethany Hotchkiss and Smile Ambassador Shariff Atkins

 
 

 Gala Chair Jennifer Salke and Dana Walden.  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

 Gala Chair Jennifer Salke and Dana Walden

 
 

Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries).  Photo by:  Vince Bucci

 
 

Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries)

 

 

Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2014) – Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity, honored Ken Corday, Executive Producer of Days of our Lives; Access Hollywood anchor, Billy Bush and the Sharon D. Lund Foundation at its 2014 Smile Gala, tonight, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.  Kevin Beggs, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and Jennifer and Henry Salke co-chaired.  The 2014 Smile Gala raised more than $1 million to benefit Operation Smile.

Following a pre-dinner cocktail reception, guests were ushered into the ballroom to the lively harmony of United Voices, the UCLA Gospel Choir. Operation Smile Ambassador, actress, author and TV personality and, for the second year, the evening’s host, Brooke Burke-Charvet welcomed guests, providing a moving overview of the mission of Operation Smile noting that the organization “began with one simple, basic premise:  that every child in every country deserves to face every day with a smile.”

Operation Smile founders, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee were introduced and thanked everyone for their support.  “We dream of a world where no child suffers from lack of access to safe surgery,” said Kathy Magee.  “That’s why we do everything we do.  We are looking to take care of more than 20,000 children this year.”

To present the John Connor Humanitarian Award, (named for a Vietnam War vet and friend of the Magees who initiated Operation Smile’s first mission to Vietnam,) to Ken Corday, Executive Producer of Days of our Lives, was the star of the long-running daytime drama, multi-award winning actress, Deidre Hall. Hall herself is an Operation Smile Ambassador who, in 2009, participated in a medical mission to Brazil with her son, David Sohmer. In introducing Corday, Hall compared the honoree to John Conner as both “exceptional examples of compassion and generosity.” 

In accepting his award, Corday singled out long-time Operation Smile supporter and gala Chair Jennifer Salke, along with Hall, for introducing him to the organization which has since become a passion.  “A smile is a doorway to the soul and no child should have to face the world without it.”

Operation Smile Ambassador and 2013 Universal Smile Award honoree, actress Kate Walsh presented this year’s Universal Smile Award to Access Hollywood anchor and fellow Smile Ambassador Billy Bush, describing him as the organization’s “big brother”…and his commitment to Operation Smile, “absolute.”

 

In accepting his award, Bush said “We all have a responsibility to give back.  It has been an honor to be involved in healing smiles for the past 12 years, and I will be forever.”

The final award of the evening, The Founders Circle Award, recognizes one family or organization that has set an exemplary standard of dedication, compassion and philanthropy to Operation Smile’s commitment to the children of the world.  Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee made the presentation to Michelle Lund and Bob Wilson, representing the Sharon D. Lund Foundation.  Named for the late Sharon Lund, daughter of Walt Disney, the foundation which she began 41 years ago has supported countless charitable projects, including a ten year alliance with Operation Smile, donating more than $3.6 million to the organization. 

The event also served to announce Operation Smile’s new alliance with the students of Chapman University in Orange County.  In 2015, Chapman will play host to the organization’s 25th International Student Leadership Conference, offering students an overview of Operation Smile’s work around the world.  To date, thousands of students in more than 900 schools internationally are raising an estimated $1 million annually for Operation Smile.  The evening’s Gala Co-Chairs, President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke and her son Henry announced the project.  Henry Salke, who was born with a cleft lip, was the force behind the family first becoming engaged with Operation Smile, a cause he has championed since the age of nine.

The 450+ guests were treated to a performance by the captivating Company Men before the evening’s headliner, Judith Hill, took to the stage.  Hill, who captured the world’s heart in the Oscar winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom and on The Voice, performed a trio of uplifting numbers including You’ve Got a Friend.

A glittering addition to the festivities…the auctioning of two exquisite diamond jewelry pieces from the Le Dragon d’Or collection.  The Universal Smile Award, Founders Circle Award and the John Connor Humanitarian Award were all donated by Lladró, the world renowned creator of the finest in porcelain art.

For updates on Operation Smile’s global efforts, visit the daily blogs on www.operationsmile.org, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/operationsmile, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/operationsmile.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term self-sufficiency in resource poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment, supplies and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide centers
 

 

 

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