HIGH POINT, N.C., March 13, 2015 – High Point University students Patrick Slane, Ryder Harmon and Lilyana Diaz recently donated $1,000 to Operation Smile when country music star Stephanie Quayle visited campus and asked the students to help. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.
The HPU students host their own YouTube channel and radio show called Stories of the Extraordinary. Each week, they interview a prestigious person on their show and hear about their story. When they received the opportunity to interview Quayle, who recently released her first music video on Country Music Television (CMT), she asked for their help to raise money for Operation Smile. The students did just that.
“When I saw the effort by the teams of professionals and volunteers at Operation Smile, I was blown away,” says Quayle. “Seeing the before and after pictures and hearing the stories of the impact the organization makes, I had to get involved. I couldn’t wait to contribute.”
After weeks of fundraising around HPU’s campus, the students presented Quayle with a $1,000 check. She was able to bring her production crew and will feature the experience on her YouTube channel.
“It was great to be able to give this check to Stephanie Quayle,” says Slane. “Operation Smile is doing amazing things for children all over the world. I am grateful that the HPU students were happy to give to this cause.”
You can tune into the students’ radio show every Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on HPUR The Sound.