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Pure 7 Studios Hosts ‘Celebration of Smiles’ Event at HarborWalk Village April 6 & 7

March 26, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Changing a child’s life can be as easy as posing for a picture. As part of the nationwide “Celebration of Smiles” campaign, the Destin-based wedding and portrait photographers at Pure 7 Studios are hosting their second annual event in tandem with On the Coast Magazine’s Spring Fest celebration at HarborWalk Village.

This two-day event will take place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10am – 5pm each day across from HarryT’s, on the second level within the old Commander’s Palace location in HarborWalk Village. Complimentary food and refreshments will be graciously provided by HarborWalk Village and Sweet for Sirten. Operation Smile, whose goal is to “change a child’s life, one smile at a time” will benefit from 100% of the proceeds raised from the weekend’s festivities.

The international children’s charity has been providing free surgeries to children born with a cleft lip or palate. Through the help of medical volunteers, Operation Smile has provided more than two million patient evaluations and more than 200,000 free surgeries Since 1982. For as little as $240, Operation Smile can perform a cleft lip/palate surgery that would save a child from ridicule, and in some cases death. According to World Health Organization statistics, cleft lips/palates occur in approximately one out of every 500 to 700 births.

“The ability to use my photography to change the lives of others is ultimately what keeps me inspired,” states Ryan Manthey of Pure 7 Studios.

Amongst the hundreds that participated, last year’s one day event hosted by Pure 7 Studios was awarded the most successful Operation Smile event in the nation. A total of 111 people were photographed, along with four bulldogs, raising a total of $3,813, benefiting Operation Smile.

The second annual “Celebration of Smiles” event offers a free ten-minute mini-portrait session along with the studios’ gift of a 5x7 heirloom portrait for a minimum donation of $24 (original value of $200). Adults, teens and children six months and older are welcome to join and encouraged to book their appointment in advance by calling Pure 7 Studios directly at 850-654-6523. Each guest offering a $24 donation and all guests with pre-booked appointments will be entered into a raffle for an iPad mini, graciously donated by Dr. Amber Wiebe of Santa Rosa Beach Dental. Each time a donation is doubled, additional raffle tickets will be awarded for a greater chance to win. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event on Sunday, April 7 at 7:00pm (winner need not be present to win).

The team at Pure 7 Studios invites the community to come out and support a worthwhile cause while taking home a professional portrait. For every ten smiles they photograph during the weekend, one life will be changed forever.

“I’ve been looking forward to this event since seeing last year’s success. Hearing from PPR Charities how many lives were positively affected by the donations we collected warms my heart,” said Lindsey Bray of Pure 7 Studios.

To learn more about Pure 7 Studios “Celebration of Smiles” event or to reserve an appointment, call 850-654-6523. Visit Pure 7 Studio on Facebook (www.facebook/com/pure7studios) for up to the minute information and details of the event.

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