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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association
FACES assists 75 to 135 families each year with travel away from home to specialized craniofacial medical centers for life-changing surgeries. In many cases, this is a lifelong journey for these families, as a child born with a severe craniofacial disorder often requires surgeries until young adulthood before their face and skull is completely rebuilt.

In addition to travel expenses and financial and moral support for surgery, FACES has helped over 25,000 individuals across the country with support networks, information and educational programs in the community.

Face Eqaulity International

FACES is proud to be a founding member of Face Equality International... Creating a world where everyone is treated fairly whatever their face looks like.

 


50 Years of FACES is Sponsored By:

Erlanger HealthBig 95.3Easy 106.9The Patten GroupRegal MoviesThe Print ShopGregory Cook PhotographyEagle Liquor and Wine

FACES Supporters:

Signal Energy

Chattanooga Allergy Clinic

Food Works

Marriott Courtyard

Webb Family Orthodontics

Pins & Needles
Quilt Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat. Drink. Play. Give.

Allow us to entertain you, educate you, feed you, and inspire you in a fun-filled evening of celebration!

Meet Our Special Guests
James Partridge | Rasheera Dopson
Gary Poole | Rena Rosen
Sora Sol | Roger Alan Wade

James PartridgeRasheera DopsonGary PooleRena RosenSora SolRoger Alan Wade

James Partridge
Special Guest James Partridge
Founder of Face Equality International and
Changing Faces, UK, and author of Changing Faces - The challenge of facial disfigurement

James Partridge is the Director of Face Equality International, an alliance of NGOs and charities around the world which work together to campaign for ‘face equality’ and challenge disfigurement prejudice and discrimination. Previously, he was the Founder of Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements. James launched the charity after the positive response to his book, passing on lessons from his experience of severe facial burns at 18, Changing Faces: The Challenge of Facial Disfigurement.

He writes and presents widely on disfigurement, disability, inclusion and social entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally — and achieved an international profile by becoming the first newsreader with a facial disfigurement on any TV news channel, Channel 5, in November 2009. He has won a number of national awards such as in 2010, the Third Sector award for Most Admired Charity Chief Executive and the Beacon Prize for Leadership. Married with three grown children and five grandchildren, James lives in London and Guernsey.

Twitter: @JRJPartridge and @FaceEqualityInt
Blog: www.jamespartridge.wordpress.com

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Rasheera Dopson
Rasheera Dopson
Founder of Beauty with a Twist

Rasheera is an advocate and motivational speaker. Her degree in English literature is the foundation of her writing featured in publications such as Upscale Magazine, The Children’s Craniofacial Blog, The Mighty, and many more. Serving as an ambassador and spokesperson for children with facial differences, she volunteers at Atlanta Children’s Hospital and other non-profits. Her mission is to bring awareness and support for families affected by chronic illnesses and disabilities. In her multi-media blog Beauty with a Twist she encourages young women and men to embrace their difference by building their self-esteem and confidence. In her spare time she enjoys blogging, watching movies, eating baked goods, and most importantly, spending time with her beloved family and friends. Atlanta, Georgia is her home.

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Gary Poole

Gary Poole
Gary Poole is the morning co-host on BIG 95.3, as well as the longtime editor of The Pulse, Chattanooga's alternative weekly newspaper. He's been in the media business for over three decades (and has the grey hair to prove it), and has always made it a point to support worthwhile causes with his time and energy. He recently published his second anthology of zombie-apocalypse stories ("Voices of the Fall", Baen Books), which debuted at #1 on the national Science Fiction sales chart, has been a longtime musician and stage performer, and in his spare time enjoys rescuing and adopting out a seemingly endless supply of kittens.

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Rena RosenRena Rosen,
Founder of Art of compassion, The Courage to Be Kind

Growing up I would often get stares and comments from children because I looked "Different." I was born with a cleft lip and palate along with other craniofacial related anomalies. Most children stared out of curiosity while others did so with the intention to make fun. I responded to each scenario with a smile and a wave hello.

For the past several years I have worked on creating my own organization platform Art of Compassion, I have gone to speak in schools, communities, and summer camps. As a teacher and as a human, I am passionate about expressing the importance of kindness and respect. I want to promote inclusion and acceptance of all people regardless of what they were born with or their circumstances but because we are all unique and valued. I coauthored and published a children's book titled "The Courage to be Kind", where we teach children and parents how to act and respond when they see someone who looks different.

I promise to continue working to make a difference and positively impact the way we interact and the way we treat others with kindness.

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Sora Sol
Sora Sol

Heather "Sora Sol” Iriye is the Co-Founder and Head Diva (CEO) of CirqOvation. Her experience has taken her all over the world from the Windsor Theatre Royal in the UK to Oriental Pearl Tower in China to performances in the Arctic Circle and Zambia. Iriye currently headlines on Disney Cruise Lines with her husband, Joshua Edelman and produces shows both locally and internationally.

Sora Sol's central life mission is to create a positive impact on humanity using performing arts as a means of widely promoting connection, love, respect, and laughter.


A note from Sora:

I cannot tell you how extremely excited and honored I am to be a part of the FACES 50th Anniversary Celebration! I reached out to Kim Fox late last year after a period of self-discernment. After 35 years, I approached a turning point where I wanted not only to stop ignoring my life with Lymphangioma and Hemangioma, but to start talking about it loudly with the intent of building bridges, creating resources for children with craniofacial differences, and advocating for a kinder, more compassionate world. Wouldn’t you know that one phone conversation later, I was scheduled to come out to Tennessee and share my experiences in September of 2019. I am eternally grateful to Kim for providing this opportunity and I look forward to a future of collaboration with FACES.

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Roger Alan Wade
Roger Alan Wade

Chattanooga's Own singer-songwriter

Roger Alan Wade is an American singer-songwriter from Chattanooga,Tennessee and currently host an hour-long weekly show, "Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee" on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel with his cousin Johnny Knoxville. Wade is a high caliber journeyman songwriter that has penned songs for country legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Hank Williams, Jr., and others. The work of this self-styled outlaw singer/songwriter embodies toughness and an edginess that is missing from most modern music. His songs are stories delivered with a palpable emotional conviction that unfolds with a poet’s wit and wisdom that leaves the audience wanting more. Whether he is rendering one of his many comedy tunes or his more serious works, Wade never fails to mesmerize with his lyrical genius.

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