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New York Islanders Team Up With Smile Train For #GivingTuesday

Nicole Barylski

Smile Train provides free cleft surgery and comprehensive care to more than 340 children in developing countries every day. (Photo: Facebook.com/NewYorkIslanders)

The New York Islanders are joining forces with Smile Train on Giving Tuesday, to raise funds and awareness for the world's leading cleft lip and palate charity. For each ticket sold, to The New York Islanders verses Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m., $2 will go directly to Smile Train.

"A simple surgery that can take as little as 45 minutes can change a child's life forever," said Susannah Schaefer, CEO of Smile Train. "A donation, no matter how big or small, to fund Smile Train's work in training local surgeons and working with local hospitals across the developing world, has the potential to make a huge impact."

#GivingTuesday, (December 3rd), is a movement to establish a nationwide day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. The day celebrates as well as encourages altruistic actions that support nonprofit organizations with the hope of inspiring daily acts of kindness.

"I am thrilled that Islanders fans will get the chance to learn about Smile Train and the great charity work they do for children with cleft lip and palate," noted Islanders Owner and Founder/Chairman of Smile Train, Charles Wang. "Every child born with a cleft should have the opportunity to live a full and productive life."

The Islanders will have a variety of fundraising activities throughout the game, like Chuck-A-Puck during intermission. Fans can buy numbered foam pucks which will be tossed onto the ice with the goal of landing it on the center ice bull's-eye. A 50/50 raffle will be held during the first two periods, and Smile Train will have an information table located at Gate 3 on the concourse, where fans can make additional donations.

"It is the greatest feeling seeing someone come out of surgery with a big smile, knowing their life has changed for the better," said Wang.

For tickets visit islanders.nhl.com. For more information on Smile Train visit www.smiletrain.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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