RANDOLPH, NJ- On Monday, Dec. 29, community members gathered at the Shongum Lake Clubhouse for a Game Night hosted by the Morris County Chapter of Operation Smile.
From middle schoolers to college students, everyone was involved in raising money for the cause.
Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that raises money to provide children afflicted with facial deformities including cleft lip and cleft palate.
A few years ago, Randolph High School students Andrew and Patrick Santorella-Doyle and Jackie Kapinos decided to bring Operation Smile to Morris County, led by Andrew, now a student at the University of Chicago.
Senior Stephanie Robinson expressed, "Being in this club is very rewarding knowing I’m helping children with cleft palates.”
According to Patrick, the Morris County Chapter of Operation Smile also raises money by selling ads, running car washes, and collecting donations.
Junior Alyssa Lenac said, “It’s humbling knowing how many people we are reaching.”
Two televisions were set up in the room with Wii and Xbox Consoles for people to play games and win prizes.
Many prizes were donated from local businesses including GameStop, Modell’s, Candylicious, Wegmans, and Massage Envy. Prizes included generous gift cards, baskets, and vouchers.
Almost $600 was raised at the event, with more donations expected.
Patrick hopes to expand the Morris County Chapter of Operation Smile to recruit new members and spread awareness.