RANDOLPH, NJ - Morris County Operation Smile held two October fundraisers and raised $3,071 to fund surgeries for underprivileged children. According to Patrick Santorella-Doyle, the club's President and Co-founder, MCOPSMILE will hold four fundraisers this year, and each will be led by one of the club's four officers.
The MCOPSMILE officers are Patrick Santorella-Doyle, President and Co-founder who is a senior at Randolph High School; Jessica Pirrello, Vice President and a senior at Morris Knolls High School; Sayf Ahmed, Vice President and a Junior at Mountain Lakes High School; and Alyssa Lenac, Vice President and a senior at Randolph High School. Each officer has to organize one fundraiser with the goal of raising at least $1,200 so the club can reach their objective of raising $5K this school year to fund surgeries for 20 disadvantaged children born with cleft palates.
Alyssa Lenac was the first to hit her target by organizing a carwash that was held at Randolph High School on October 4th and raised $1,258.
"We had 37 students from three high schools who participated in the carwash," said Lenac, "and we also had a lot of community support, like Mama Caterina's who once again donated pizza for our lunch."
"Alyssa has been instrumental in MCOPSMILE since we were freshman," said Santorella-Doyle, "and this year she collaborated with the Key Club Presidents at three high schools to get additional volunteers for our events."
MCOPSMILE also held an informational flyer campaign spearheaded by Jessica Pirrello. "It was a lot of fun to work with students from Knolls, Randolph High School and Mountain Lakes High School," stated Pirrello, "together, we solicited advertising sales at 35 local businesses to raise a total of $1,813."
This fundraiser did more than raise money for surgeries. It also raised awareness for our cause and educated the public about the importance of good nutrition and prenatal care.
It's been four years since we started the Morris County chapter, said Santorella-Doyle, and during that time we raised more than $13K and changed the lives of 56 children. "When I was a freshman, I attended an International Student Leadership Conference and had the opportunity to meet high school students who had been born with clefts that were mended by Operation Smile. I always knew our club was helping people. But to actually meet kids who had suffered the pain of having a facial deformity, and hearing them talk about how the surgery changed their lives, was surreal."