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Our Story

Changing lives, one smile at a Time

After leading Washington Shoe Company to its 125th year anniversary, Rob Moehring and his two sons, Mark and Karl, wanted to make an impact to celebrate this milestone, so they launched the Wear A Big Smile Foundation. Spearheaded by the foundation's president, Mark Moehring, creating smiles is exactly what they do.

Together, they pursued a common passion of helping people with the goal of giving back to the community. They know a good pair of shoes can go a long way for someone in need.

MARK Moehring
Wear a big smile PRESIDENT

Mission Statement

Providing footwear and creating smiles
for people in need.

The organization is located in the city of Kent, just south of Seattle, Washington. The foundation was established in 2016.

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Awards

CORPORATE Citizenship Award 2021

Awarded by The Puget Sound Business Journal in the category of Health and Wellness.  The award honors companies that create and sustain a healthy community built on the strong pillars of the Arts, Basic Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Neighborhoods & Communities, and Global Giving.

Everyday hero award 2019

Presented by Meridian Kent Kiwanis Club and Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International. In recognition for rendering service beyond what is ordinary or expected and for doing so without regard for attention or receiving in return; but rather because it was the right thing to do and needed to be done.  

Spirit of the community award 2018

Presented by Washington State PTA in recognition of outstanding service to children and youth in the community

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"I've been forever changed by running this great foundation and have truly been blessed to meet such wonderful people," 


"I'll never forget one kindergarten student who showed up at school wearing a pair of duct tape sandals in October. I see the impact and joy that people feel when receiving a new pair of boots."

MARK Moehring
WABS PRESIDENT

Partnerships

OUR Growing list of partners