Celebrity Charities – Some of television’s hottest stars worked hard in 2011 to support Smile Train, the largest international charity dedicated to surgically fixing facial clefts.
Smile Train , which launched in 1999, works with more than 2,000 doctors around the world to provide free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in impoverished communities in more than 80 countries.
This year, Dean Cain, who played Clark Kent/Superman on the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Tatyana Ali, known for her roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Love That Girl!, and The Young and the Restless, and Erik Estrada, who now does voice work for Sealab 2021 in addition to appearing on reality TV shows, all helped raise awareness and funds for the charity by discussing their service trip to Mexico on The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Additionally, Estrada raised more than $10,000 for Smile Train by dancing on the Univision show Mira Quien Baila! and stand-up comedian Jimmy Pardo donated more than $40,000 from his Third Annual PARDCAST-A-THON.
Priscilla Ma, Executive Director of Smile Train stated, “We are especially pleased to thank some of our celebrity friends who have lent their name and given time and money to Smile Train. With these resources, and new efforts, our goal is for Smile Train to reach 750,000 surgeries by June 2012.”
So, in the new year, stars like Sammi Hanratty, who will be in the upcoming family film The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone, will help Smile Train reach their goal by travel abroad to help generate attention for the organization.
Though each surgery costs about $250, every donation helps bring a smile to a child’s face…literally.
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