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Operation Smile Empowers Local Communities


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Operation Smile Empowers Local Communities

  1. 1. By George Argyros Jr.
  2. 2.  Since 2003, George Argyros Jr. has served as president of Elite Financial Group LLC, a financial holding company in Newport Beach, California. George Argyros Jr. is also a respected philanthropist, supporting such organizations as Operation Smile, an international medical charity that provides surgery for children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. In addition to performing life-enhancing surgeries, medical teams with Operation Smile offer training and education that allows local medical professionals to continue treating patients within their communities.
  3. 3.  In 2014, medical workers from more than 61 countries volunteered their time to Operation Smile, allowing local workers to learn new techniques and procedures in a hands-on setting. The organization also maintains partnerships with the Peace Corps and NGOs such as UNICEF, World Vision International, and Project HOPE. To date, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgeries, and 93 percent of medical volunteers report that their participation in the program has helped them improve the standard of surgical care in their local communities.