Jamie Nelson and his friend Tomos Lavery (pictured below left to right) recently hosted The Great CICD Ball, a 1920’s themed gala, to raise funds for children living with untreated clefts.
Jamie and Tomos work as dentists in Essex, and they were drawn to support Smile Train due the unique comprehensive services the organisation provides to children born with clefts in the developing world – including paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and other dental specialties. At first, Jamie and Tomos imagined throwing a smaller gathering for local dentists in their community, but it wasn’t long before the event became a grand affair with invitations extended to the general public.
The Ball took place at Braxted Park Estate, where guests were encouraged to wear Great Gatsby-themed attire. 160 guests were treated to a drinks reception, canapes, a three-course meal, and exciting live entertainment. The event was a giant success – to-date, enough funds have been raised to help transform the lives of 13 children and their families in the developing world.
Smile Train’s Manager of Community and Events Fundraising UK Hannah Weston commented, “On behalf of everyone at Smile Train, we would like to say a huge thank you to Tomos, Jamie, and all who supported their 1920’s-themed gala. Organising this elaborate event for such a large crowd was no easy task, but please know that your efforts have raised vital funds and awareness of children in need of new smiles all across the globe.”
If you’d like to learn more about how you can help children with untreated clefts, please visit our Get Involved section. Your support can help a child receive their new smile and a second chance at life.