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Canyons plans to host annual Operation Smile celebrity ski event

(Updated: March 7, 2014)

Actress Kate Walsh poses with her mascot friend at the 2013 Operation Smile celebrity ski event at Canyons Resort in Utah. The 2014 celebrity ski race will be held March 15.
Actress Kate Walsh poses with her mascot friend at the 2013 Operation Smile celebrity ski event at Canyons Resort in Utah. The 2014 celebrity ski race will be held March 15.
Operation Smile/Eric Schramm

The third-annual Celebrity Smile Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. The celebrity ski race raises money for Operation Smile, an international medical charity for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. For modern medicine, the corrective surgeries are relatively simple, but in regions without basic medical care, children may be forced to deal with a lifetime of health issues and social stigma.

Teams of celebrities, professional skiers and amateurs plan to compete in a head-to-head slalom race. Television host Billy Bush ("Access Hollywood") and actress Kate Walsh ("Grey's Anatomy") are among the event's chairs. Actor Zachary Levi ("Chuck") is involved through title sponsorship by his multimedia company, The Nerd Machine.

Individual tickets to the event's fundraising dinner may be purchased at the Operation Smile website for $250 each. General donations may also be made through the website.

Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., Operation Smile has a presence in more than 60 countries, mostly in the developing world, with more than 5,400 medical volunteers. Along with donating medical equipment and supplies, the charity also trains local doctors and medical professionals in the nations it serves.

Canyons Resort has more than 4,000 skiable acres. Along with Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley, Canyons is one of three major ski areas in the Park City area.

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