Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Hosts 5th Annual Benefit to Raise Money for Domestic Violence Survivors

New York, NY, February 28, 2002 – On Thursday, May 2, 2002 the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is hosting PAINT THE TOWN 2002 , the fifth-annual fund-raiser to benefit FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project. The National Domestic Violence Project was developed to help repair both physical and psychological scars by providing complimentary consultation and surgery to domestic violence survivors who have suffered injuries to the face, head or neck. To date, over 1,250 women have been helped by the FACE TO FACE program, and over 275 facial plastic surgeons participate in the program.

More than 600 guests from New York and around the world, including celebrities, socialites and members of the medical community, are expected to attend this year’s event, which is being held at the newly renovated Boathouse in Central Park (E. 72nd St. and Central Park Dr. North, New York City). On the RSVP list to date are famous faces such as Olympia Dukakis , Academy Award Winner for her role in Moonstruck; Paul Borghese , who most recently played Yogi Berra in Billy Crystal’s HBO’s movie 61*; Malika Borghese who guest starred as Furio’s girlfriend in the third season of The Sopranos; Dara Torres , U.S. Olympic Gold Medallist; Joan Van Ark , best known as Valene Ewing beginning on Dallas and then on the spin-off series, Knots Landing; Sydney Biddle Barrows , well-known author of the best-selling book the “Mayflower Madam”; Kathleen Campion , Anchor – Bloomberg Money and Judith Jamison , artistic director for the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater.

On the Executive Committee are famous supporters such as Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar (The View), Donald J. Pliner (shoe designer), Mrs. Jerzy “Kiki” Kosinski (widow of the author Jerzy Kosinksi), Steve Augeri (lead vocalist – Journey), Jaid Barrymore (actress), Tina Louise (actress – Gilligan’s Island) and Paul Rudd (actor). PAINT THE TOWN is being co-chaired by AAFPRS member and fellow New Yorker, Dr. Thomas Romo along with his wife Diane Romo.

Attendees of the gala will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live band, and a silent auction of vacation trips, shopping excursions, luxurious skin care products, spa treatments, artwork and more. It will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and business attire is suggested. Tickets are $175 and available by calling 914-779-0066. All proceeds from PAINT THE TOWN go directly to FACE TO FACE.

FACE TO FACE, founded in 1992, is a humanitarian and educational surgical exchange program conducted under the sponsorship of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. FACE TO FACE Programs include FACE TO FACE: International and FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project. In the United States and abroad, AAFPRS surgeons provide complimentary care to those who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. The FACE TO FACE program offers individuals the opportunity to overcome the physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control — deformities at birth, domestic violence, and war. AAFPRS surgeons use their expertise to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck.

The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face, head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by calling 1-800-332-FACE or by visiting the AAFPRS Web site, www.FACEMD.org.