Socialites, Celebrities Paint the Town for a Charitable Cause

— Facial Plastic Surgery Organization Raises Money for Domestic Violence Survivors

New York, NY, November 17, 2000 – Over five million women a year are affected by domestic violence in the United States and over one million victims require medical attention. Understanding that this is a monumental problem that knows no boundaries, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) held a cocktail reception at New York’s famous Le Cirque 2000 on November 9th to raise funds for the FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project. The National Domestic Violence Project was developed in 1994 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.

Some 300 guests from New York and around the world, who attended this annual benefit, called Paint the Town, helped to raise approximately $65,000. The money was raised through ticket sales, a silent auction which included vacation trips, shopping excursions, luxurious skin care products, spa treatments, artwork and more, and a live auction for a seven-day Caribbean cruise that went for $6,700. This exclusive event was co-chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Romo, III. Attendees of the gala included Sydney Biddle Barrows , well-known author of the best-selling book the “Mayflower Madam”, Kathleen Campion , Anchor – Bloomberg Money, Jane Clayson , the host of The Early Show, Tina Louise , the sensual “movie star” of Gilligan’s Island, and Jade Barrymore , Drew Barrymore’s mother.

“We were thrilled by the support the event received this year,” says Diane Romo who spent several months planning the reception. “I, like many others, truly believe in the FACE TO FACE program and think that it is wonderful to see so many facial plastic surgeons willing to give back to the community in the best way that they know how.”

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 AAFPRS. 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. All proceeds from the benefit go directly to FACE TO FACE. To date over 1,250 women have been helped by FACE TO FACE , and more than 275 facial plastic surgeons participate in the program.

About the AAFPRS:
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.