Key sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Fresno

To date, CDA Cares has provided $11.2 million in dental services to nearly 14,000 patients. This wouldn't have been possible without the donations of the program's major sponsors. CDA Cares Fresno is set to take place on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center and five key sponsors will help provide the necessary funding and resources needed for the dental professional volunteers to provide care.

CDA Foundation Chair Don Rollofson, DMD, is grateful for the donations being made by Del E. Webb Foundation, Carestream Dental, Western Dental, St. Agnes Medical Center and Henry Schein Dental.

"Without organizations like these extending their helping hand to provide us with funding and products, thousands of Californians would go without the necessary oral health care they so desperately need," Rollofson said.

The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and eliminate infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health. In addition to providing dental services and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates policymakers about the importance of an adequately funded dental safety net, which includes a well-functioning Denti-Cal program.

Carestream Dental is an industry-leading dental equipment company that focuses on imaging systems and practice management solutions for dental professionals across the world. The company has supported CDA Cares since 2012 and will be there again in Fresno in the form of volunteers and a $50,000 in-kind donation by providing all the digital panoramic radiographic equipment.

"We greatly admire the hard work and dedication of CDA Cares," John McCroskey, Northwest regional director, Carestream Dental, said. "Carestream Dental always looks forward to participating in CDA Cares clinics; the organization and volunteers are truly inspiring, and the events are two of the highlights of our year. We know our digital technology can change lives, but volunteering with CDA Cares and meeting the patients in person is a very rewarding experience."

The ability to change lives is the reason the Del E. Webb Foundation is donating to CDA Cares Fresno as well. The Del E. Webb Foundation provides direct support to qualified organizations for qualified charitable purposes in the areas of medical services, research and education.

"Being involved in the CDA Cares program has been a great experience. We have a vision of serving those in need to the best of our ability and these clinics allow us to fulfill that," said Larry Johnson, president of the Del E. Webb Foundation. "CDA Cares is a program that our founder, Del E. Webb, would have been thrilled to be a part of and we can't wait for Fresno."

The Webb Foundation is named after the late Del E. Webb, an American construction magnate, real estate developer and sports-team owner. Webb founded and developed the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona and was born in Fresno.

Henry Schein Dental, which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will contribute $50,000 in supplies to each of the next two CDA Cares events (Fresno and Ventura). Schein will be providing everything from infection control supplies such as gloves and barriers to restorative materials and anesthetics at CDA Cares through its $100,000 combined donation.

"California is our largest single dental market in the United States and I think it is important that we give back to this state and support the efforts that our customers are making to treat the underserved populations," said Glenn Showgren, California zone general manager for Henry Schein. "When I explained this to the Henry Schein Cares team and senior leadership, they fully supported these efforts and also saw the importance of our support."

Western Dental, which serves nearly one million patients annually in 220 affiliated clinics throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Colorado, has donated $50,000 in support of CDA Cares Fresno. Western Dental also donated $50,000 to the CDA Cares Pomona event last November and another $50,000 to the CDA Cares Sacramento event last March.

"Many of our sponsors continue to see the impact the CDA Foundation is having in communities and across California and we are very, very grateful that they continue to support our program," Rollofson said.

St. Agnes Medical Center saw the importance of CDA Cares as well. The 436-bed, state-of-the-art medical campus provides emergency, diagnostic and rehabilitative services to cardiac, cancer, neurological and orthopedic care in the Fresno area. The medical center will be donating $20,000 to CDA Cares Fresno.

"Dental health is critically important to our overall health and wellness. Sadly, there are far too many within our own community who go without proper dental care because they have little or no health insurance," said Eric Linville, director of community benefit and outreach. "St. Agnes Medical Center is proud to support the California Dental Association in meeting the needs of this vulnerable population by providing much-needed preventive dental care."

During the March CDA Cares event in Sacramento, dentists and dental professionals provided nearly 14,000 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. In addition, dentists worked with volunteer technicians in the clinic's dental lab area to provide 377 complete and partial dentures and repairs.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients in Fresno and Ventura (April 16-17, 2016), the CDA Foundation is currently seeking additional sponsors, as well as volunteer dental and health professionals 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.

For more information, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.

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