Baldwinsville On April 5 and 6, local photographers Kevin and Kathy Baker of Baker Photography will join with PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America, to promote Celebration of Smiles Day. This national fundraising effort will beneﬁt Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.
On those days, the studio will offer the gift of a portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to Operation Smile. This donation represents one 10th of $240, the amount needed to help fund a single surgery.
“Celebration of Smiles Day is the perfect opportunity to have your portrait made or that of a loved one, because in doing so you are making it possible to truly change the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection,” said PPA president Tim Walden.
Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a facial deformity. One in 10 will not survive to see their ﬁrst birthday. Those who do survive often live in isolation and pain. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated.
“Recording smiles is what photographers do,” said Mary Fisk-Taylor, who serves as president of the PPA Charities Board of Trustees, and who was instrumental in developing the Celebration of Smiles promotion. “It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate charity for our members to support. And when parents participate in this event, it’s a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work and they are eager to help these needy children.”
Baker Photography Studio is located at 40 West Genesee St., Baldwinsville. Portraits will be taken of individuals, couples and families. All of the studio’s usual services are included; previews will be presented for the selection of pose(s) to be ﬁnished.
Call Kevin Baker at 638-0812 for information and appointments.