There were smiles all around this past Thursday night at Lladro Beverly Hills as Ángeles Lladro and Brooke Burke-Charvet celebrated the art of ballroom dancing to benefit Operation Smile. The exclusive event took place at Lladro in Beverly Hills and commemorated the unveiling of the company’s latest, exquisite creation, Elegant Foxtrot, and a portion of all the evening’s proceeds went to benefit Operation Smile.
Guests mingled in the gorgeous boutique while enjoying chicken and chorizo skewers, beef tenderloin crostini and grilled shrimp skewers, along with assorted mini desserts. A variety of fine wines and cocktails accompanied the delicious hors d’oeuvres. An exciting highpoint of the evening was a specially choreographed ballroom dance performance from the dancers at Arthur Murray in Beverly Hills.
Brooke Burke-Charvet of “Dancing with the Stars” was the evening’s host. In recognition of her work as Operation Smile Ambassador, LLadro flew all the way from Valencia, Spain to present Burke with an award—a signed, limited edition Elegant Foxtrot piece. Dr. William Magee III, son of Operation Smile’s co-founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, was also present while Burke received her award.
Lladro began in Valencia, Spain back in 1953 by brothers Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro. What started as little more than a small, family owned workshop has grown steadily over the years, developing into the massive conglomerate it is today. Currently Lladro has stores in over 120 countries all over the world. Lladro continues to be at the helm of contemporary porcelain design.
Operation Smile, which helps thousands of children each year by providing cleft surgery, was established in 1982. Since beginning thirty years ago, Operation Smile has helped over 3.5 million children as well as young adults with cleft lips, cleft palates and facial deformities, by providing them with free exams and evaluations. Even better, their volunteer surgeons have helped over 200,000 children by providing cleft surgery completely free of charge. In addition, they also help those suffering from burns. The Norfolk, Va. based charity has a presence in over 60 countries, with more than 5,000 medical volunteers world wide.
For information on how you can help visit Operation Smile.