Local Photographer Supports "Celebration of Smiles Day" Promotion to Benefit Operation Smile
On April 6 local Rockport photographer Angela Cook of Oasis Rockport will join with PPA Charities (the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America) to promote “Celebration of Smiles Day” at Emerson Inn by the Sea on One Cathedral Ave in Rockport from 10am – 2pm. This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
On that day, participating photographers will offer the gift of an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to Operation Smile. This donation represents one tenth of $240, the amount needed to help fund a single surgery. According to Lexington, Kentucky photographer Tim Walden, President of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), “Celebration of Smiles Day” is the perfect opportunity to have your portrait made or that of a loved one, because in doing so you are making it possible to truly change the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection.”
Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their first birthday. Those who do survive often live in isolation and pain. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated.
“Recording smiles is what photographers do,” says Richmond, Virginia, photographer Mary Fisk-Taylor, who serves as president of the PPA Charities Board of Trustees, and who was instrumental in developing the Celebration of Smiles promotion. “It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate charity for our members to support. And when parents participate in this event, it’s a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.”
Oasis Rockport, Lifestyle Photography by Angela Cook, offers wedding and event photography, portrait photography and scenic photo tours. Angela Cook's style is friendly, "fly on the wall" and photojournalistic. Her focus is natural lighting and naturally posed portraits to accompany candidly shot moments. Oasis Rockport also offers photography for corporate events, grand openings, special ceremonies, banquets, bar & bat mitzvahs, christenings & baptisms, weddings, vow renewals, family reunions and many other special events. Oasis Rockport's location portrait services specializes in natural light location portraits for individuals, couples, families, babies, pets. Oasis Rockport's Scenic Walking Photo Tours show you some of the beautiful spots you might otherwise miss, sharing some local flavor and history along the way as you visit scenic vistas by the sea, the beautiful forests, the ponds, the quarries and more.
For further information contact: Angela Cook at (978) 290-3184.
Angela Cook, Lifestyle Photography
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