Supports Operation SmileÃ‚â€™s Efforts to Bring Smiles to Children Across the Globe during World Journey of Smiles.
announced today include singer, songwriter and actress Mariah Carey
who is best-known for her remarkable vocal range and record-selling singles. Carey has recorded the most U.S. number-one singles for a female solo artist and has earned five Grammy Awards. She has been a supporter of Operation Smile for the past four years and attended various fund-raising events including The Smile Collection
fundraising event in New York in 2006. Carey continues her support of Operation Smile by becoming a 2007 Smile Ambassador
Operation Smile, a worldwide childrenÃ‚â€™s medical charity dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with facial deformities, is pleased to announce its growing roster of Ã‚â€œSmile Ambassadors,Ã‚â€ celebrities who are joining Operation Smile during their 25th anniversary year to bring greater awareness to the effort. This group of notables joins Jessica Simpson, Operation SmileÃ‚â€™s International Youth Ambassador, and current Smile Ambassadors Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Billy Bush, Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr., Melanie Dunea, Nigel Parry, Molly Sims, Justin Chatwin, and Benj Gershman, who continue to bring awareness to the plight of these children in need. The latest group of celebrities to join the program includes Mariah Carey, Oscar DÃ‚â€™LeÃƒÂ³n, Carmit Bachar, Dhani Jones and Roselyn Sanchez. As Smile Ambassadors, each celebrity will have the opportunity to visit one of Operation SmileÃ‚â€™s partner countries during the year, where they will help bring global attention to the needs of children born with facial deformities.
The Smile Ambassadors are selected based on their commitment to global philanthropy and a willingness to speak out on behalf of children. Their visibility and passion will be harnessed to bring large-scale awareness to the needs of children worldwide throughout the organizationÃ‚â€™s 25th Anniversary efforts, including the November 2007 World Journey of Smiles, which will feature simultaneous medical missions in 25 countries with a goal of treating an estimated 5,000 children
Operation Smile, founded in 1982, has medically treated more than 100,000 children and young adults around the world and in the United States. In addition to contributing free medical treatment for children born with facial deformities, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals and leaves behind necessary equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency with ongoing medical care.
to read more about Operation Smile's new ambassadors.