Operation Smile & B.H. Theatre Guild

It was really something to smile about when Operation Smile Ambassadors Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and TV Producer Mark Burnett presented the Universal Smile Award to Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke-Burke-Charvet and actor hubby David Charvet.  As a supporter and Smile Ambassador, and the Mom of 4, Brooke has raised funds and awareness for children in need worldwide She and her handsome husband (formerly star of Baywatch and Melrose Place) are committed to transform the lives of children and provide hope and a healthy future.

Universal Smile Award Honorees David Charvet & Brooke Burke-Charvet with Roma Downey & Mark Burnett

Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee founded Operation Smile 30 years ago, and this international children’s medical charity has a presence in more than 60 countries. They provide free surgical procedures for children born with cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns.

Dr. Randy Sherman, their Chief Medical Officer and Martha De Laurentis presented the Wallis Annenberg Award to philanthropist Jill Grey, who has joined Operation Smile on medical missions in Brazil & Mexico who stated, “The look of joy on the faces of parent when they see their child for the first time after surgery is life changing.”

Tom Bergeron & Tony Dovolani of Dancing With the Stars at Operation Smile

Access Hollywood Host Billy Bush served as MC for the show where singer Chris Mann and violinist Caitlin Moe performed.  But the show stopping moment occurred when it was announced that Julia Argyros and the Argyros Family Foundation would be donating $1 million to Operation Smile.  Something to smile about indeed!

We were invited to attend Sunday in the Park at the Four Seasons Hotel when Anne Jeffreys, Norm Crosby and James Jahant received the Spotlight Awards from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild.  Carolyn Fried, President of the Guild, Board Chairman Janet Salter, and event Co-Chairs Mary Levin Cutler and Ruth Flinkman Marandy – all theatre lovers and tireless workers for the cause – are to be congratulated for their support of the B.H. Theatre Guild which was established in 1977 to enrich the theatrical experiences of the community.  The Guild financially supports after school programs offering children dramatic and musical experiences, and have funded awards to hundreds of writers through the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition. 

Dr. Bruce Hensel and Operation Smile Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee

Kudos to the ageless Monty Hall who was Master of Ceremonies, and a sad farewell to Phyllis Diller whose humor and compassion were an inspiration to us all. 

Janet Salter, Ruth Flinkman-Marandy, Mary Levin Cutler and Carolyn Fried at B.H. Theatre Guild

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