How exciting is THAT?!
I just got the press release from PPA Charities with the country wide results of Celebration of Smiles! I was thrilled to find out my efforts and the generosity of many in our area brought in the third highest donation amount for this event in the US!
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Local Photographer Named as “Top Tier” Fundraiser in “Celebration of Smiles Day” Fundraiser to Benefit Operation Smile
David Grupa, president of PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), has announced that Monica Cowles of MONICA COWLES PHOTOGRAPHY in Aberdeen, Washington brought in the third highest donation amount, and was one of 21 “Top Tier” fundraisers among a group of 79 members of PPA who participated in the organization’s “Celebration of Smiles Day”, and raised $48,581 to benefit Operation Smile, its charitable partner. Operation Smile provides free surgeries for children around the world who suffer with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. “These funds will go a long way toward meeting our 2013 goal of raising $100,000 for this wonderful organization,” Grupa said. Because Operation Smile’s medical professionals and support staff volunteer their services, it costs only $240 to provide a simple cleft lip surgery to a child in desperate need. Therefore the funds raised by PPA members so far in 2013 means that over 200 smiles will be saved.” Monica Cowles Photography raised $3202 at her Celebration of Smiles Day event. By donating at least $240 (enough to save a smile), the business is now officially designated as a “2013 Operation Smile Studio.” As such, Monica Cowles is eligible to compete in a drawing for an opportunity to document an Operation Smile mission. The Celebration of Smiles Day promotion provided consumers with the opportunity to receive a mini-session and a 5×7 professional portrait in exchange for a donation to Operation Smile of only $24; therefore, for every 10 sessions photographed by a participating studio, another smile could be saved by the volunteer professionals of Operation Smile.
*doing a happy dance*