Sips, Sweets & Smiles: A South Inc Nashville Philanthropy Event

It’s amazing what a group of people with a vision can do. Visions create massive corporations, they create products that revolutionize markets and they changes lives. Our vision here at South Inc Nashville? Do work that matters and share smiles.

3 years ago we heard about a medical non-profit named Operation Smile and if you’ve ever seen a video produced by this organization, you’re probably already tearing up. Marked by birth with cleft lip or palettes, some children in 3rd world countries begin their life malnourished, ostracized and shamed. They grow up hungry, lonely and smile-less. Operation Smile, founded in 1982, has for the last 30 years provided the funding and surgeries to change these children and young adults lives. In as little as an hour and $240 a major deformity can become a minor scar.

When this cause was brought to us by a mentor, we were floored. How were more people not involved? How could we know there were children starving because they were unable to feed properly as babies and not do anything about it as individuals and as a company?

If you know anything about us here at South Inc Nashville, you know we didn’t sit on our hands for long. We made a decision to do something about it and for the 3rd year in a row, we set a goal and made dang sure we met it! Partnering with one of THE most socially responsible businesses, we hosted a Sips, Sweets & Smiles event at the beautiful Kendra Scott Greenwood location. We thought, why not incorporate something easy to do – shopping, with something even easier to do – making someone smile.

In the most generous fashion, Kendra Scott let us take over their store for 2 hours and branded in our Operation Smile shirts, we raised over $500 for 2 children’s surgeries. Imagine champagne, cookies, beautiful jewelry and our South Inc Nashville team spreading the word about the cause! Everything was beautifully thought out (huge kudos to HR Manager, Emy Mangra) and executed with a smile! #seeasmilesendasmile

When you work with a team that’s willing to do what ours did – spend time outside of work raising money for children whom they’ll probably never meet in their lifetime -that’s when you know you’re working with the right people. Many thanks to everyone who came out to shop, everyone who donated and everyone who’s going to continue to help us raise money for this amazing charity. Stay tuned to see what we do the 2nd half of this year for Operation Smile here at South Inc Nashville, as there’s dozens more children we need to make smile!