Brooklyn, NY — On Monday, December 11, Smile Train partnered with the New York Islanders at their home game versus the Washington Capitals, with the goal of raising funds and awareness for children living with untreated clefts in the developing world. The partnership was a part of the Islanders’ Hockey With A Heart initiative to support nonprofit organizations at every home game — including a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold through their fundraiser ticket page.
Hockey fans were greeted by Smile Train staff and volunteers passing out commemorative rally towels as they entered the Barclays Center. Adina Lescher, Smile Train’s director of community fundraising, reported that the towels were a big hit as more than 150 donations were made — it was also a great opportunity to share information about Smile Train’s programs and impact worldwide.
Just before the game began, Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer, along with a group of Smile Train student ambassadors (Aidan Ginor, Emmanuel Francois, Angel Vallejo, Bryant Kitt Jr., and Khadiem Marcell), dropped the ceremonial puck. Throughout the past year, these passionate NYC middle school students have raised funds and awareness for Smile Train, all in an effort to make a difference in the lives of fellow young people.
During a break in the action, the Islanders honored staff and students from Long Island Skating Academy for their support of Smile Train through their annual Holiday Classic Ice Show.
While the final fundraising total for the event is still being calculated, the event was a big success. Thank you, New York Islanders for your continued support of Smile Train!
If you’d like to learn more about ways to help children with untreated clefts, including hosting an event or organizing a school fundraiser, please visit the Get Involved section on our site. Your support can help a child receive their new smile and a second chance at life.