Preview of Simply Smiles' 'Keep Hope Alive'

Three 'Keep Hope Alive' events will benefit Simply Smiles


"Keep Hope Alive" in Middlebury was a huge success. A total of over $48,000 was raised to fund four Simply Smiles projects. These include eradicating hook worm for 3,000 people in Oaxaca, Mexico, buying the land for a children's home in Oaxaca, growing healthy food on the reservation in South Dakota and preventing youth suicide on the reservation in La Plant South Dakota. I have uploaded some photos taken at the fundraiser.

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"Keep Hope Alive" is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Simply Smiles. If you live in the Connecticut area there is sure to be one near you! Join us at any of our three events and help Simply Smiles to provide bright futures for impoverished children in Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. The evenings feature free admittance, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, special music by singer/songwriter Kristen Graves, a presentation of Simply Smiles programs by founder Bryan Nurnberger (born and raised in Naugatuck,) and the opportunity to support children in need. Everyone is welcome.

Singer/songwriter, Kristen Graves, channels her passion for Simply Smiles into her music. Inspired by single mothers living in a garbage dump, by children living on an Indian Reservation, and by our supporters, she performs what she feels and experiences.

Kristen’s song, “Keep Hope Alive” inspired our event. And she will be with us at all three fundraisers this year to share with you a live performance. But if you can’t wait, you can listen to and download her song right here!

Free download of “Keep Hope Alive” by Kristen Graves:  Original Version |  Piano Version

Keep Hope Alive - Norwalk

March 22, 2013
7:00 pm
Stepping Stones Museum
Norwalk, CT

Keep Hope Alive - Ivoryton

April 5, 2013
The Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton, CT
7:00 pm

Keep Hope Alive - Middlebury

Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Shoppes at Whittemore Crossing
1365 Whittemore Road
Middlebury, CT

Featuring Scot Haney of WFSB TV as the MC!

RSVP & More Info

www.simplysmiles.org or 203 810-4041

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Rev. Laura Westby March 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
The First congregational Church of Bethel is a supporter of Simply Smiles. We made our first trip to South Dakota last summer and are currently planning our second service trip for this August. We'd love to have people from the Bethel Community join us in this incredible experience of serving and learning side by side with our Lakota friends. While we are involved in this because of our faith commitments, this NOT a religious trip. People of all faiths and spiritualities are welcome. Please contact Rev. Laura at 203.743.1877 for more information.
Nancy Sasso Janis April 02, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Coming this weekend: Keep Hope Alive is a series of exciting and unique fundraising events that benefit the programs of Simply Smiles - a charity organization dedicated to providing bright futures for impoverished children on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and in the poorest regions of Oaxaca, Mexico. And you're invited! Join us at 7:00 PM this Friday evening in Ivoryton, CT or this Saturday in Middlebury, CT.
Nancy Sasso Janis April 07, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Keep Hope Alive was an overwhelming success. Thank you to all who came out to support Simply Smiles.


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