New York, NY — As part of her ongoing commitment to help children with untreated clefts, Supermodel and Actress Christie Brinkley recently held a special event at Smile Train’s global headquarters. Christie was excited to present a check for close to $75,000, which will help provide 300 free cleft surgeries to children in need. This generous gift was made possible through the sale of Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare™ Ageless Beauty Sets in 2016.
This donation was just the latest in Christie’s nearly ten-year history of support as a Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador. Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare™ has donated a portion of sales of their Ageless Beauty Set for special campaigns since December 2015, Christie has lit the Empire State Building in Smile Train’s signature colors in honor of World Smile Day®, and she recently donated her birthday by creating a fundraising page for children with clefts.
During the check presentation, Christie shared, “Through Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare™, I was able to use our Ageless Beauty Kit to benefit Smile Train. It’s important to me to present this check today, knowing that 300 cleft children will receive the surgery they need and have the opportunity for new lives. I'm excited to continue to help give children new smiles with Smile Train, an organization close to my heart, and see the difference we can make together.”
Atlantic Coast Brands and Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare™ Co-founders Andrew J. Surwilo and Thomas Shipley accompanied Christie to present the check. “The Ageless Beauty Kit supported a cause that Christie, and we as a company, support and are passionate about. We are thrilled that we were able to make such an impact with this donation,” said Surwilo and Shipley.
“Smile Train is extremely grateful for the continued generosity and support from Christie and Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare™,” said Smile Train’s CEO Susannah Schaefer. "I’m grateful to be here today accepting this check on behalf of the 300 children who will receive their new smiles.”
To learn more about how Christie Brinkley is helping provide new smiles around the world, please visit her page. To find out how you can join Christie in her support of Smile Train, including creating a fundraiser of your own, visit our Get Involved page.