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Dallas Photographer Helps Kids Get Their Smiles Back
Dallas portrait photographer Larry Lourcey is hosting a Celebration of Smiles on April 26th in Dallas to benefit Operation Smile - an organization who works to provide corrective surgery for children with cleft palates and other facial deformities.
Facial Deformities – One Smile at a Time
“Celebration of Smiles” Event is April 26
(DALLAS) – April 19, 2013 -- Want something to smile about? Free portrait sessions with a professional photographer are offered April 26 at the Westwood School in Dallas in exchange for a $24 donation to “Operation Smile,” an organization that provides free facial surgeries for children in the U.S. and around the world.
Local professional photographer Larry Lourcey is donating his skills for the day as part of “Celebration of Smiles,” organized by the Professional Photographers of America in support of Operation Smile, (http://www.operationsmile.org/)
“As a professional photographer, I make my living off smiles – so this charity was clearly something I wanted to get involved with,” said Lourcey. “My wife found out about the program at a photography convention last year, and we’ve been big fans ever since.”
It costs $240 for Operation Smile to repair one child’s smile. So for every 10 portraits Lourcey takes, one child’s smile is saved. His fund-raising goal for the day? $4,800.
“If we raise that much, that’s enough for 20 smiles,” he said. “That may be a lofty goal, but I think it is worth the effort. Granted, that is a lot of portraits for me to take in one day- but I’m going to shoot til I drop!”
Participants receive a free 5×7 print and a digital file for Facebook. Portrait sessions take place from 8 am to 4:00 pm at The Westwood School's high school campus, located at 14240 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75244.
To receive a free portrait, visit http://www.donationto.com/
Portraits can be “purchased”
“Or even better, gather up 10 family members or friends or co-workers for the entire $240 donation and fix a whole smile by yourself!” Lourcey said.