By raising funds for research, education and technology, The Smiles of Innocence Memorial Charity has touched many areas of SickKids.
Smiles of Innocence was inspired by Daniel Povegliano, who spent much of his four short years at SickKids. John and Anna Povegliano, Daniel’s parents, wanted to make a difference, and in 1998 founded Smiles of Innocence. Their fundraising efforts are in memory of Daniel who passed away from a rare dermatological disease.
Since then, their fundraising growth has been tremendous. In their first year they raised an amazing $45,000 from their gala which has become their annual fundraising event.
Over the past years, that fundraising total has grown to over two million dollars, with the addition of a number of other annual events being held to support Smiles of Innocence.
Anna and John say that the secret to their success has been the passion and dedication of their Smiles of Innocence committee members who generously give of their time for the cause.
At the fifteenth annual gala ion November 10th, 2012, Smiles of Innocence reached an incredible milestone of $2,500,000 raised for SickKids. Our own Dr. Luis was at the Gala and was happy to have RiteBite Orthodontics donate $1000 to this wonderful cause. It is his belief that everyone should "Live Life Smiling"!