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Smiles from Mexico

Published
Feb 2014

Jason Davis visits rural mexico…You won’t want to miss the
heartwarming story of how Smile Network volunteers, doctors and nurses
changes the lives of impoverished children.

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Nicholas David – Lean on Me

Published
November 2013

Singer/songwriter Nicholas David is affectionately known as Smile Network’s “Ambassador of Love” having recently traveled on a mission with us to Mexico. Nicholas shared his music with the families of Mexico and experienced the mission firsthand by traveling with our medical team and serving as a volunteer.

MPLS St. Paul Magazine

Published
October 2013

Kim Valentini was honoroed in the volunteer Hall of Fame. As she approached a midlife crossroads, Kim Valentini did some soul-searching. “I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish in the next 50 years, and one of those was a five-hour-per-week project.” That little endeavor was Smile Network International. Those five hours quickly turned into 55, and in 2003 Valentini left her corporate job behind to work full-time running the nonprofit organization she created…read more

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Isabella

Published
April 2013

This song was written by singer and songwriter John Olson in honor of
all the children Smile Network International serves. John was an amazing
talent, friend and supporter of Smile Network and his loving heart lives on
in his music.

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Her Life

Published
Feb 2013

Kim Valentini has traveled the world and throughout her journeys, she
has accomplished the seeminly impossible, all while becoming globally
fluent in the language of compassion. Although she enjoyed a rewarding
and challenginng career for 25 years in public relatons…read more

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Business Magazine

Published
January 2013

About ten years ago Kim Valentini left the business world, where she had
been a sales manager in a number of sectors (including restaurants) and
tourism manager at the Mall of America. She then started the nonprofit
Smile Network International, a Minneapolis-based…read more

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Delta Sky Magazine

Published
January 2013

In 2003, Kim Valentini founded the Minnesota-based nonprofit Smile
Network International, which provides free reconstructive surgeries to
impoverished children and young adults born with birth defects such as
cleft lips and cleft palates. “What started as an idea…read more

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Reserve Magazine

Published
December 2012

Many successful executives and entrepreneurs have long dreamed of a
different life – launching their own consulting firm, opening a restaurant
or building houses in developing nation. If you’re considering a similar
move, you’re not alone. An estimated 9 million…read more

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Sergio

The short story of Sergio, a boy who took underwent a life-changing
surgery at a Smile Network surgical site.

Miracles from Minnesota

Published
April 2010

Jason Davis goes on an amazing mountain adventure to see how
Minnesotans are making miracles happen for others…You won’t want to
miss the heartwarming story of how volunteers, doctors and nurses fix
the faces of desperately poor children and their parents’ broken hearts.

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DeRusha Eats

Published
May 2008

Sit in on a lunch with Mpls St. Paul Magazines Jason DeRusha and Smile Network founder Kim Valentini…read more

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MARQ

Published
September 2008

Change your life while helping change others. Become an ambassador of Smile. This trek helps do that. It raises both funds and awareness, and you will become enriched with the feeling of old world charm. Visit one of the wonders of the world, and find what the conquistadors couldn’t…the “Lost City”…and maybe even a treasure worth more than gold…read more

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KARE-11

Published
April 2013

Julie Nelson sits down with Smile Network’s founder Kim Valentini during our 10 year anniversary and looks back on how Smile Network started and what’s happened in the first ten years.

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Rosealva

Published
September 2008

Meet Rosealva, a beautiful little girl abandoned at birth because o her left lift. Hear her amazing story.