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Welcome to my Glog! For the newbies out there, "glogging" is a new form of blogging that adds an extra element of creativity to the process of reporting information via the World Wide Web. I am pleased to have created this Glog page for those who wish to read more about my journey to support Operation Smile as Mrs. Greater Lehigh Valley United States 2010. Before I even decided to enter the Mrs. Pennsylvania United States competition, Operation Smile sparked my interest as a cause with which I wanted to be involved. The reason for this was that my friend's son, Liam, was born with cleft lip and palate. I considered that while Liam's family had health insurance and expert medical care to enable his cleft lip and palate repair, some children don't. So I discovered Operation Smile, and learned that the organization sends medical teams on worldwide mission trips to repair the cleft lips, palates, & other facial deformities of infants and children who wouldn't otherwise receive care. This is impor- tant work, as children born with cleft conditions often can't eat, speak, socialize, or smile. With just $240 and 45 minutes, the doctors and volunteers of Operation Smile provide cleft lip and palate repair surgery to children so that they may "smile whole."

Kate A. Mack

United States 2010

Mrs. Greater Lehigh County

The Mrs. Pennsylvania United States 2010 pageant was held Saturday, April 24th in Harrisburg, PA at the Whitaker Center. Click here to check out the results and learn more about the pageant system.

I decided to become involved in raising awareness & support for Operation Smile by com- bining my love for event planning with my husband's love for golf and determined I would organize a charity golf tournament to benefit Operation Smile. Little did I know what a labor-intensive task this would be! Nonetheless, it was a labor of love, and I am pleased to report that the Operation Smile Charity Golf Tournament, on Saturday, April 17th, raised enough money to provide 3 children with life-changing cleft repair surgeries, 30 children with post- operative antibiotics, & 100 children with post-operative smile bags.

Advertising included the flyers pictured to the top & immediate right. They were sent to my entire list of email contacts & posted in Center Valley Club, Allentown City Hall, Dick's Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, GolfTEC, & other area golf courses including Wedgewood & Allentown Municipal. I also created a Facebook event page & budgeted for a Facebook ad, regularly posted informative updates to my blog, & spent countless hours calling, e-mailing, texting, & Facebook chatting everyone I know about playing.

CLICK HERE!...and visit the official website for Operation Smile

I also had to secure sponsors in order to help offset the costs of running the tournament. I accepted sponsorships of all types including prize hole sponsorships which paid for my special contest prizes, so I created signs to be displayed at said holes' tees (an example of which is pictured below right). Sponsors also donated prizes for a raffle, with which I was able to raise additional funds for Operation Smile through the sale of tickets. Perhaps most importantly, I secured a 50% sponsorship of my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes of gift certificates from Shula's Steakhouse. The other 50% of the cost of these prizes was my personal investment in the tournament with the hope of making it as successful as possible. In pursuit of these sponsorships, I created explanatory letters requesting donations, a sponsorship/donation form for committed sponsors, and thank you letters upon receipt of each prize.

This slideshow, complete with narration and background music, was created to recruit support for my cause. It is posted on my blog, linked here.

Step one was to secure a location. The Center Valley Club in Center, PA turned out to be a perfect fit.


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