Major sponsors step up to support CDA Cares San Diego

Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are helping the CDA Foundation’s efforts to put on a successful CDA Cares program in San Diego next month.

On top of the high level of support from Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, which has backed the program since the first CDA Cares event in Modesto in May 2012, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex and Farmers Insurance are all providing significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“We are very excited to have such tremendous support from all of our sponsors. This program wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation.

The county of San Diego has donated $25,000 from its Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant, which “provides funds to county departments, public agencies and to non-profit community organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs.”

The grant was approved for use at CDA Cares after County Supervisor Dave Roberts pushed for its support among his fellow supervisors.

“Good dental hygiene is important, and so is preventive dentistry,” said Roberts, whose San Diego District 3 includes nearly 650,000 residents within portions of five incorporated cities. “I’m pleased to be able to support this program by directing county funding to where it’s really needed. I cannot stress it often enough to my own children to make sure that they brush and floss. So I want to urge the public to make certain that they attend this event.”

The county of San Diego also has its own dental health initiative called “Share the Care,” which is a public-private partnership intended to provide access to emergency dental care for children who qualify for the program and offer information and education to professionals, parents and children to foster ongoing preventive dental care.

Farmers Insurance has donated $15,000 to the CDA Foundation in support of CDA Cares San Diego.

“On behalf of the thousands of Farmers Insurance agents and employees locally and across California, we are proud to partner with and sponsor CDA Cares San Diego,” said Farmers Insurance CEO Jeff Dailey. “As title sponsor of the annual PGA TOUR event, the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, we are passionately committed to the Southern California region and the event's charitable recipients. Our partnership with CDA Cares San Diego deepens our overall commitment to help improve people’s lives.”

Farmers Insurance is a leading multi-lines insurer in California and across the U.S., insuring more than 10 million households.

Henry Schein Inc. has donated $10,000 worth of supplies for CDA Cares San Diego, including sterilization and infection control supplies. Schein also is sponsoring the sterilization area of the program.

Since 2003, Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program, has donated oral health care products through the CDA Foundation's Dental Materials and Supplies Grant. This grant has provided more than $3.5 million in supplies to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, such as the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Dental Clinic and Ravenswood Family Health Center.

"We are very proud of our close long-term partnership with CDA, and deeply appreciate the tremendous contributions that CDA makes to enhance access to oral health care for underserved communities.  We look forward to our continued partnership to ‘help health happen’ for those in need," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein Inc.

Schein provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternative care sites.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients in San Diego, the CDA Foundation is currently seeking additional sponsors, as well as dental and health volunteers to sign up for an entire day, rather than a shorter shift. Additionally, community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, interpreting and much more.

The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net, including a state dental director, who can develop programs to improve the oral health of Californians. To date, with the help of 4,559 volunteers, CDA Cares and its volunteers has provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.

For more information on volunteering, labor laws related to volunteering or to register at CDA Cares San Diego, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.