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April 23, 2006
Lladro unveils a special figurine to raise money for children's reconstructive facial surgeries through Operation Smile.
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December 24, 2008 | Gannon Gillespie and Ellen Agler, Gannon Gillespie is director of U.S. operations of Tostan, a nonprofit organization that empowers African communities to lead movements for health, education and economic development. Ellen Agler is vice president, Latin America, for Operation Smile. They are co-chairs of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize laureates group, whose members have been recognized for serving the world's most vulnerable populations.
With the financial crisis continuing to dominate national and international headlines, it is clear that the coming months and years will bring tough choices to all of us. Everyone, rich and poor, must reconsider priorities and budgets. Yet as most of us worry about our own futures, there are people in the United States and around the world whose futures are even more at risk -- those who depend on our generosity for their very survival.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996
Using a $1-million prize from a local foundation, the voluntary medical services group Operation Smile will begin a program in Los Angeles to screen indigent children for facial, congenital and burn deformities and surgically correct them at no cost. Operation Smile, which provides free reconstructive surgery to indigent children in developing countries, Thursday received the first annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2006
Lladro unveils a special figurine to raise money for children's reconstructive facial surgeries through Operation Smile.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Strolling along the red carpet, he flashed grin after grin. But it was thumbing through a photo album he took from his suit pocket that made plastic surgeon William P. Magee smile. "See her? A 13-year-old from Colombia who never went to school" until she received surgery to repair a cleft palate, he said, stepping out of paparazzi range as Jessica Simpson, Carmen Electra, Roma Downey and Doris Roberts swept into the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Operation Smile gala.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1990 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The admiral in charge of the San Diego Navy hospital sent a servicewoman to Atlanta this year for $25,000 in surgery that could have been done at the hospital here at no extra cost to the government, according to a former Navy physician who said he had offered to do the surgery in San Diego. Rear Adm. R.B.
NEWS
April 7, 2005 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Jeffrey Kramer had an inkling that his teenage daughter's 2002 trip to the Philippines on a medical mercy mission would have its life-altering aspects. He didn't realize that one of the lives most changed would be his. Kramer's feature film debut, "Smile," opens Friday in Los Angeles and San Francisco before rolling out nationally.
NEWS
January 23, 1988 | DAVID BRISCOE, Associated Press
A volunteer group that began five years ago with a modest mission to help deformed children in the Philippines has Peace Corps-like goals, a projected $4-million annual budget and ambitions that circle the globe. Operation Smile of Norfolk, Va., has conducted medical and social missions in three countries, operated on more than 1,500 children and adults, set up several high school chapters in the United States and enlisted hundreds of volunteers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997 | JERRY HICKS
It won't be too long before 16-year-old Martha Perez of Costa Mesa has one of the prettiest smiles around. A smile, she says, that she dared only dream about . . . It began with a TV show. Barbara Byard of Whittier was watching CBS' "Touched by an Angel" last year when--there's just no getting around it--she was touched. That particular episode was all about Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that helps correct facial and birth deformities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1989
Caught up in the confusion of holiday shopping the other day, we fell to thinking about the diversity of giving, about gifts that have nothing at all to do with malls. We found ourselves recalling a scene a month or two ago in a far off place, Accra, where some Americans took a rare gift to people caught in the desperate poverty of West Africa.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
It's never easy to create a fictional narrative that fits the specific purpose of promoting a good cause, and for all the usual good intentions, writer-director Jeffrey Kramer with "Smile" has made a plodding, drawn-out, overly long and contrived film in behalf of Operation Smile, which since 1982 has provided free reconstructive surgery for more than 80,000 children and young adults in developing countries.
NEWS
April 7, 2005 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Jeffrey Kramer had an inkling that his teenage daughter's 2002 trip to the Philippines on a medical mercy mission would have its life-altering aspects. He didn't realize that one of the lives most changed would be his. Kramer's feature film debut, "Smile," opens Friday in Los Angeles and San Francisco before rolling out nationally.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Strolling along the red carpet, he flashed grin after grin. But it was thumbing through a photo album he took from his suit pocket that made plastic surgeon William P. Magee smile. "See her? A 13-year-old from Colombia who never went to school" until she received surgery to repair a cleft palate, he said, stepping out of paparazzi range as Jessica Simpson, Carmen Electra, Roma Downey and Doris Roberts swept into the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Operation Smile gala.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997 | JERRY HICKS
It won't be too long before 16-year-old Martha Perez of Costa Mesa has one of the prettiest smiles around. A smile, she says, that she dared only dream about . . . It began with a TV show. Barbara Byard of Whittier was watching CBS' "Touched by an Angel" last year when--there's just no getting around it--she was touched. That particular episode was all about Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that helps correct facial and birth deformities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1996
Using a $1-million prize from a local foundation, the voluntary medical services group Operation Smile will begin a program in Los Angeles to screen indigent children for facial, congenital and burn deformities and surgically correct them at no cost. Operation Smile, which provides free reconstructive surgery to indigent children in developing countries, Thursday received the first annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in New York City.
NEWS
January 22, 1991 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Crazies, an improvisational troupe, said Monday they have launched Operation Desert Smile in response to the Persian Gulf War. The members of the troupe are asking comedy groups, comedy clubs and stand-up comedians to help them collect humorous paraphernalia to send to U.S. troops in the Middle East. But before any packages can be sent, a few logistical details must be worked out.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
It's never easy to create a fictional narrative that fits the specific purpose of promoting a good cause, and for all the usual good intentions, writer-director Jeffrey Kramer with "Smile" has made a plodding, drawn-out, overly long and contrived film in behalf of Operation Smile, which since 1982 has provided free reconstructive surgery for more than 80,000 children and young adults in developing countries.
OPINION
December 24, 2008 | Gannon Gillespie and Ellen Agler, Gannon Gillespie is director of U.S. operations of Tostan, a nonprofit organization that empowers African communities to lead movements for health, education and economic development. Ellen Agler is vice president, Latin America, for Operation Smile. They are co-chairs of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize laureates group, whose members have been recognized for serving the world's most vulnerable populations.
With the financial crisis continuing to dominate national and international headlines, it is clear that the coming months and years will bring tough choices to all of us. Everyone, rich and poor, must reconsider priorities and budgets. Yet as most of us worry about our own futures, there are people in the United States and around the world whose futures are even more at risk -- those who depend on our generosity for their very survival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1990 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The admiral in charge of the San Diego Navy hospital sent a servicewoman to Atlanta this year for $25,000 in surgery that could have been done at the hospital here at no extra cost to the government, according to a former Navy physician who said he had offered to do the surgery in San Diego. Rear Adm. R.B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1989
Caught up in the confusion of holiday shopping the other day, we fell to thinking about the diversity of giving, about gifts that have nothing at all to do with malls. We found ourselves recalling a scene a month or two ago in a far off place, Accra, where some Americans took a rare gift to people caught in the desperate poverty of West Africa.
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