Bernardsville philanthropist Eileen Quick was honored at the New Jersey Chapter of Operation Smile's 7th Smile Gala fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 12, at The Madison Hotel in Morristown.
To commemorate Operation Smile's 30th anniversary, the organization presented Quick with the John Connor Humanitarian Service Award. The global employees of ETHICON, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, received The Corporate Compassion Action Award. Tim Schmid, President, ETHICON, U.S., accepted the award on behalf of the global employees.
More than 250 guests from New Jersey and worldwide gathered to raise funds for Operation Smile, an international charity that provides free surgery for children around the world who are suffering from facial deformities, changing their lives forever.
Quick and her husband, Leslie C. Quick, III, are carrying on their family’s legacy of philanthropy and service dedication to education and healthcare. Eileen Quick became involved with Operation Smile after her son Ryan, a Delbarton student, volunteered for a surgical mission to Vietnam in 2003, according to an announcement from Operation Smile.
Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft, according to Norfolk, Va.-based Operation Smile. One in ten of those children will die before their first birthday. With the generous help of volunteers and supporters like Quick and the global employees of ETHICON, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children worldwide who were born with facial deformities including cleft lip and cleft palate, the announcement said.
Quick's daughter Maura, a student at the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, has also served as a student volunteer on a surgical mission, the announcement said. Since then, Eileen Quick has volunteered on surgical missions in Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Bolivia, Egypt and Mexico, as a Student Sponsor. On the medical missions, the students and their sponsors serve as valuable members of the team as they help calm patients before surgery, visit local schools and give presentations on basic healthcare, burn care and prevention, dental hygiene and nutrition to the local populations.
The Quicks have financially supported Operation Smile, and she has participated in seven of Operation Smile’s International Student Leadership Conferences. Eileen Quick joined the Student Sponsor Board last year, and loves working with students as they realize their potential to make positive changes in our world. Eileen has served as a member of Operation Smile’s New Jersey Chapter for more than six years to help raise funds and awareness, including helping to manage the Delbarton Operation Smile Golf Tournament.