Smiles Change Lives to Host 3rd Annual Gini Awards

Smiles Change Lives (SCL) is set to honor the efforts of five individuals and three organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the mission of SCL at the 3rd Annual Gini Awards, March 22, 2013. The event will be hosted by the famed Ruth's Chris Steak House in Kansas City, MO and will include an awards ceremony and reception, with dinner to follow.

The Gini Awards are named in honor of Smiles Change Lives (SCL) founder, Mrs. Virginia "Gini" Brown whose vision and dedication has created a legacy of care for underserved children throughout the nation. This annual event honors the many orthodontic providers, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and board members who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of Smiles Change Lives. Through their dedication and commitment, SCL continues to inspire hope, raise self-esteem, and help change the lives of children across the country. “The Gini Awards honor orthodontic provider, individual and corporate volunteerism. Because of their dedication and contribution of time, SCL is able to continue to inspire hope, raise self esteem and help change the lives of thousands of children across the country,” states Gracie Harrison, SCL Volunteer and Donor Care Coordinator. SCL works with nearly 700 volunteer orthodontic providers nationwide and utilizes hundreds of volunteers in its Kansas City headquarters on a regular basis. Five individuals and three companies will be honored this year as remarkable ambassadors for SCL’s mission. An awards ceremony and reception will be held Friday, March 22, 2013 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Kansas City, MO. An optional dinner will follow, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to SCL by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. In recognition of their volunteerism and outstanding service to children’s oral health, the following individuals and organizations have been selected as honorees for the 3rd Annual Gini Awards. Community America Credit Union (CACU) - Kansas City, MO Dolphin Imaging and Management Solutions - Chatsworth, CA Dr. Amy Farnsworth - Louisville, KY Dr. Jess Kane - Walpole, MA Ms. Joyce McKenzie - Lenexa, KS Orthotown - Phoenix, AZ Ms. Sally Smith - Overland Park, KS Dr. Carol Summe - Louisville, KY

Sponsors for the 3rd Annual Gini Awards include: Andrew & Patricia Brown | Ruth's Chris Steak House of Kansas City | Boelte-Hall | Tracy Design | Embrace Smiles For additional information on the Gini Awards, please visit About Smiles Change Lives: Smiles Changes Lives (SCL) promotes increased self-esteem and improved oral health for children from financially struggling families in need of orthodontic treatment. This is done in partnership with caring orthodontic providers who donate their time and services to help the SCL children in their community. Since 1997, SCL has created more than 2,300 healthy, confident smiles. For more information please visit

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