Pia Wurtzbach Joins Smile Train to Celebrate 20 Years of Impact at their Star-Studded 20th Anniversary Gala


Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, hosted their 20th Anniversary Gala at New York City’s iconic landmark Capitale on May 2, 2019. The evening featured remarks from honorees including Graham Elliot, Owner and Chef of Coast at MGM Cotai; Dr. Larry Hollier, Chairman of Smile Train’s Medical Advisory Board; and Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization.

“On a personal level, both Pia Wurtzbach and I had the opportunity to see Smile Train’s cleft programs in action — for me, in Haiti and for Pia in the Philippines. Meeting the local medical professionals providing cleft care and the children and families in the communities benefiting from cleft treatment was truly life-changing,” said Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan, referencing Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach—and accepting the award on behalf of Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization.

“Smile Train is grateful for all of the support over the last 20 years from our local medical partners, corporate partners, donors, patients and their families, ambassadors, and local community members,” said Susannah Schaefer, President and CEO, Smile Train. “Our focus for the future is growing our comprehensive cleft treatment programs to help as many children in need as possible.”

For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines, please follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

JL Santiago Aquino

A millennial lifestyle blogger from Caloocan City who adores trying new things. ✨ “Make jokes. No stress. Love. Live life. Proceed. Progress!”

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