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Operation Smile’s 2013 Smile Gala and Global Summit Celebrates 30 Years of Successes
Date:9/30/2013

Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013

One hundred and sixty medical directors, medical volunteers, and staff members representing 45 countries are gathered in California to celebrate the culmination of Operation Smile’s 30th anniversary events that kicked off last November with a yearlong series of surgical missions in the Philippines, the site of the charity’s first medical mission in 1982, and concluded this week in Los Angeles with the 2013 Smile Gala followed by a Global Summit in Santa Monica.

"This is an opportunity to recognize our medical volunteers, thank our generous donors, celebrate in our successes, and collectively evaluate and advance our surgical standards," said Operation Smile’s CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Bill Magee, referring to this week’s west coast activities.

"We’re all here as representatives of our countries and colleagues collaborating to expand our global impact," said Dr. José Guerrosantos, who serves as the Medical Director of Operation Smile Mexico and was presented at the Global Summit with the Gilberto Marino-Contreras International Medical Volunteer Award for devoting his personal and professional life to fostering the values of leadership, education and volunteerism.

The Global Summit is a platform to plan for the future and reflect on the past successes, like the Homecoming Medical Missions to the Philippines, aptly dubbed The Journey Home, which launched the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2012 and provided 1,219 life-changing reconstructive surgeries, plus 6,110 dental treatments in 24 days at 9 surgical sites across the Philippines. With a team comprised of 1,000 volunteers from 38 countries, The Journey Home was recognized as the largest medical mission ever organized in the Philippines.

The excitement of The Journey Home yielded amazing results: Operation Smile’s long-time partners renewed their commitment, and new supp
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