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Put on Your Finest Hat and Gloves and Support Shriners Hospital Smiles for Tots and Teens




This fall, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston will be hosting its second annual fundraising event for the Cronin Brauer cleft lip and cleft palate clinic. Shriners Hospital Smiles for Tots and Teens will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston. With its garden party theme and hats-and-gloves dress, the afternoon fête will be a delight to attend.  

Planning the philanthropic occasion is a distinguished host committee chaired by Cheryl Byington and Sylvia Brauer. The latter is the widow of the clinic’s cofounder, Dr. Raymond Brauer. Dr. Ernest Cronin and Candy Cronin will be the honorary chairs.

Facial clefts are the most common birth defects treated by pediatric plastic surgeons. They occur in nearly one of 600 births in the United States and can cause feeding difficulties as well as challenges in speech development, oral hygiene, dental care, and social interaction. The Cronin and Brauer cleft lip and palate clinic at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston provides children with facial clefts with all the services they need at a single location regardless of their family’s ability to pay. This includes surgeries, speech therapy, hearing testing, dental and orthodontic care, genetic counseling, and psychiatry and psychology services. The goal is to ensure each child has the best possible outcomes in function and appearance.

The Shriners Hospital Smiles for Tots and Teens garden party has been created so that everyone has a chance to contribute to this worthy cause at whichever impact level they choose, because everyone’s involvement is critical to the clinic’s success.

Please go to, or call the hospital, to learn everything you need to know about tickets and sponsorships.

More information is available at 713-793-3931 or

About the Cronin Brauer cleft lip and cleft palate clinic

Shortly after World War II, Drs. Thomas D. Cronin and Raymond O. Brauer made significant contributions in the field of cleft lip and palate reconstruction, as well as other areas of plastic surgery. Together, with Ernest Cronin, they established the Cronin and Brauer cleft palate and facial reconstruction clinic in 1988, a ministry funded by the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare. Since 2010, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston has had an American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association-certified cleft lip and palate program, directed by Dr. Steven Blackwell, which provides patients with specialty care. The Cronin and Brauer cleft lip and cleft palate clinic became a part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston in 2014.

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