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Sweet Smiles Society's Valentines for Mexico Gala 2023

March 24, 2023 - Friday night @ The Prestige Vernon Lodge Contact Barrita Durward @ 778-212-2438 to Purchase your Gala tickets

  • Tables seat 10 people
  • Individual tickets available for $95 (Early Bird Price)

Images from previous Galas

Early Bird Balloon Purchases Are Now Live!!

Buy Early Bird Balloons for a chance to win Prizes! Draw will be during the March 24th Gala. (you do not need to be at the Gala for your Balloon to be drawn) Proceeds go to the purchase of mattresses for children of Ciudad de Angeles orphanage, a much-needed bathing chair for Declan Arthur and to support Candria Krywko who suffers from Ovarian Cancer.

Details below

Thank you for helping children live the lives all children should be living!

*Pick how many Balloons you would like to purchase then hit Add to Cart. Your Balloon Numbers for the draw will be emailed to you after purchase.*

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Early Bird Prizes

Our Sponsors

Brian & Rebecca from our 2021 Balloon Burst

Sweet Smiles Society is raising funds for Declan Arthur & Candria Krywko
On Sept. 29th, 2021 Declan was in a very bad ATV rollover. His parents are by his side 24/7 as he is still unable to communicate. Declan will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life, due to the injury he sustained in his accident and the financial stress is quickly adding up. Costly renovations and specialized medical safety equipment are needed to help Declan receive the personal care he needs at home.

Candria Krywko’s late-stage 4 Ovarian Cancer journey began in May of 2021 over Mother’s Day weekend when she was hospitalized for emergency chemo due to a grapefruit-sized tumor. After enduring fifteen months of chemotherapy, major surgery and extreme lifestyle changes, Candria’s cancer continues to surge. In July of this year, she was diagnosed with brain metastasis upon a scan revealing fourteen brain tumors. She was fortunate that they were caught early, however she is now living with the permanent side effects of whole-brain radiation.

With significantly reduced cognitive function, Candria struggles daily to even get out of bed. She has also had to accept that she may never return to practicing Optometry again. For anyone that knows Candria, they know she’s exceptionally passionate about eye care and the patients she cares for. This has not only been devastating for her emotionally but has put a great deal of financial strain on their family.

Having exhausted western medicine’s standard-of-care treatment options, Candria is now pursuing alternative treatment in hopes of a better outcome. While her early progress has been exciting and hopeful, her family is no longer able to keep up with the medical expenses at hand; her insurance company is refusing coverage and they’re receiving surprise medical bills weekly.

About the Sweet Smiles Society

Sweet Smiles Society is a collaboration of people who donate their time and skills to help children who are less fortunate.

Sweet Smiles Society currently aide’s three orphanages in Mexico and has created a building project in Huatulco, Mexico: Our Family Preservation-Orphanage Prevention Project.

The purposes of the Society are to operate in Canada or abroad:

  • To relieve poverty by providing basic necessities of life, including food, clean water, equipment, clothing, and/or shelter to abused or needy children.
  • To advance education by providing books, equipment, scholarships, and educational aids to orphanages and schools

Membership, Focus & Work Trips

Sweet Smiles Society focuses on relieving poverty and transforming the lives of children, by providing much needed home furnishings, bathroom/plumbing renovations, kitchen appliances (stoves, fridges), washing machines, dryers, sewing equipment, food, bedding, mattresses, bed frames, educational aides, books, school supplies, clothing, shoes, toiletries, personal hygiene products, bathroom sinks, bathroom taps and toilets.

When larger items are purchased for the orphanages (i.e. appliances, furnishings, mattresses), a member of Sweet Smiles Society is always present during the purchase & delivery of those items. Larger items are purchased in Mexico.

Membership is $69.00 a year and 100% of membership fees go towards replacing and purchasing mattresses for children in need.

Individuals/Members, who decide to join Sweet Smiles Society on Annual Construction Aide Trips (usually the 2nd or 3rd week of January), are responsible to pay for their airfare, food and accommodations.

While abroad, members of Sweet Smiles Society, also donate 100% of their time, labour and skill (construction, renovations, painting and welding) to help provide a safe functioning home for the children.

Join Us On A Trip

Annual Work Trips – One Week Long

“Ciudad de Angeles Orphanage”

Cozumel, Mexico

Accommodations: Hotel Mary Carmen

Please contact Barrita Durward, to join Sweet Smiles Society on a Construction Work Trip.



Family Preservation-Orphanage Prevention Project

Rebuilding Self-Worth & Value within Families

Through the Huatulco, Government Land Grant Act, indigenous individuals are entitled to land grants in this area of Mexico.

However, due to poverty for most of the residents, building a home on this land is not feasible & most families of this area live in small single rooms, sharing a bathroom with several other families.

With your support, Sweet Smiles Society is building homes for families in need. The family’s investment is sweat equity and they invest 800 hours into the build of their home.

When families own their own homes, they gain the financial independence & stability they need for a better future. This new project not only helps families in need, its building stronger communities and it helps to re-build self-worth, value and pride within the family.