Surgery Students Host 'SmileFest 2004' Rock Concert on April 30 Benefiting Kids with Cleft Lip, Palate

Surgery Students Host 'SmileFest 2004' Rock Concert Benefiting Kids with Cleft Lip, Palate

Surgery Students Host 'SmileFest 2004' Rock Concert on April 30 Benefiting Kids with Cleft Lip, Palate

EVENT: SmileFest 2004 charity rock concert

DATE/TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, April 30

PLACE: O'Malley's on Fourth, 247 N. Fourth Ave.

COST: $5 tickets


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The University of Arizona Surgery Club is sponsoring a charity rock concert Friday, April 30 to raise funds for The Smile Train, a non-profit organization that repairs cleft lip and palate in children in developing countries.
SmileFest 2004 begins at 7 p.m. April 30 at O'Malley's on Fourth, 247 N. Fourth Ave., with disc jockey J-Squared spinning hip-hop, rap, pop, and rock. SmileFest's four featured rock-n-roll bands get underway at 9 p.m. They are: 7 Days of May and Dolemite Jones of Tucson; The Craze of Los Angeles; and Scottsdale band Visceral.

The Smile Train is the chosen philanthropy of the UA Arizona Surgery Club, an organization of nursing and medical students at the University of Arizona who are interested in surgical medicine. Neurosurgeon Allan Hamilton, MD of the UA Department of Surgery is the organization's adviser.

Founded in 1999, The Smile Train provides free cleft surgery to more than 35,000 children each year in more than 50 countries. The organization has trained nearly 6,000 physicians in treating cleft lip and palate, which is the most common deformity in children and afflicts 500,000 newborns each year worldwide. The Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org) receives no government support and instead relies on the support of generous individuals and organizations.

Tickets to SmileFest 2004 cost $5 and are available at the UA College of Medicine, at the Graduate and Professional Student Council office in the UA Student Memorial Union, and at O'Malley's before the concert. For tickets or more information about the concert, call the UA Arizona Surgery Club's SmileTrain chairman, UA medical student Jason Johnson, at (520) 240-0917.