RANDOLPH, NJ- Morris County Operation Smile (MCOPSMILE) exceeded their fundraising goal for this school year and raised enough money to fund free surgeries for 17 children. Founded in 2011, MCOPSMILE is a student chapter of Operation Smile, a non-profit volunteer medical service organization dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery for children in the U.S. and around the world.
This international organization is composed of doctors, students and volunteers who donate their time and skills to provide free surgeries to disadvantaged children in over 60 countries. MCOPSMILE comprises students from Randolph High School, Morris Knolls High School, Mountain Lakes High School, and Morris County Vocational-Technology High School.
"Our goal was to raise enough money to provide surgery for 10 children," said Patrick Santorella-Doyle, President and Co-founder, "so we sponsored three fundraisers--Game Night, Educational Flyer Ad Sales, and the Annual MCOPSMILE Car Wash--and raised a total of $4,080, surpassing our goal by 75%, which means we can fund life-saving surgery for 17 children."
Santorella-Dolye explained that each surgery costs only $240 because everyone involved volunteers their time and services. "We function with a zero-dollar operating budget," said Santorella-Doyle, "which means we donate 100% of the money we raise, unlike many other non-profit organizations." Some non-profits use a percentage of the money they raise to cover administrative expenses, according to Alyssa Lenac, MCOPSMILE VP. "But we don't do that," said Lenac.
The local community generously supports MCOPSMILE; for example, Kinko's of Denville printed our educational flyers for free, and this is the third consecutive year that Mama Caterina's of Randolph donated pizza for the car wash so the student volunteers who wash cars all day can have lunch.
MCOPSMILE rallys support of Morris County residents, local businesses, and medical professionals to raise awareness of and money for Operation Smile and the valuable humanitarian work they do. Morris County students from diverse backgrounds and different schools come together several times a year for a common cause--to help children less fortunate than themselves.
"It's been a good year," said Santorella-Doyle, "and it's a great feeling to know we are helping children to get the surgery they so desperately need."
To learn more about MCOPSMILE, contact Patrick Santorella-Doyle at MCOPSMILE@gmail.com.