For the third straight year generous students, instructors, and directors of the Texas School have elective to support Operations Smile, the charitable partner of PPA Charities. Starting with a fantastic donation of $4,500 from the Texas School itself, headed by Don Dixon, who also serves as PPA president, instructors and students challenge each other to give as much as they can to help Operation Smile carry out its important work around the world. Altogether, the Texas School donation for the 2011 totals $21,069!
Because Operation Smile medical and support personnel donate their time, it costs only $240 to provide the gift of life-changing surgery to a deserving child. When adding this year’s Texas School donation to those of the previous two years, this means that Texas School students, instructors, and trustees have donated a total of $62,069 to Operation Smile and therefore are responsible for saving well over 250 precious smiles!
Special thanks goes to the following “Leadership Classes” that donated $1,000 or more. These classes were instructed by:
Mary Fisk-Taylor and Jamie Hayes – $1,110
Sam Puc’ $1,000
Tim & Beverly Walden – $1,120
And a big round of applause to David Ziser’s
class, which raised the winning total $2,045!
Over 100 registrants joined sponsors, vendors, and presenters in Scottsdale, Arizona, in June for the second “Chicks Who Click” Conference sponsored by PPA Charities. Once again the conference received rave reviews for the venue, activities, and education. PPACH President Mary Fisk-Taylor expressed her gratitude for the great team effort displayed by the volunteers, trustees, speakers and vendors who made the conference such a great success.
Because Chicks Who Click is held to benefit Operation Smile, the charitable partner of PPA Charities, one of the event’s most important presentations was made by Laurie Weaver, who recounted the wonderfully meaningful experience she had while documenting an Operation Smile mission to Ethiopia this year. Watch this blog for more information on Laurie’s trip.
To get a really good look at the fun, food, fellowship, and education that took place in Scottsdale, view the video below. Thanks to Jamie Hayes for his great photography!