Major sponsors donate $160,000 to CDA Cares Solano

Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are stepping up to make sure CDA Cares Solano provides the most oral health care possible to patients in need.

CDA Cares Solano will be held at the Solano County Fairgrounds on April 25-26 with the help of hundreds of volunteer dental professionals and other community volunteers. On top of volunteers, the CDA Foundation relies heavily on the financial support of its sponsors. Solano County, First 5 Solano, the Del E. Webb Foundation and Kaiser Permanente in Napa and Solano counties all are donating and/or matching funds up to $20,000 or more, for a total of $160,000.

“All of these organizations are extremely important to the success of CDA Cares Solano and we are forever grateful,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation. “Because of their philanthropic commitments, we will be able serve the patients of this region that need oral health care the most.”

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. Recognizing the importance of this mission, Solano County has agreed to match the CDA Foundation’s fundraising for CDA Cares Solano up to $70,000, which is the largest individual monetary donation to the CDA Cares program since it began in 2012.     

Solano County Board Supervisor Linda Seifert was largely responsible for cultivating the donation. Seifert, who represents District 2, which includes Benicia, Cordelia, Green Valley and portions of Vallejo, served as the general counsel at CDA from 2000 to 2003. Seifert said the county has taken notice of the success the CDA Foundation has had around the state with CDA Cares and that is why the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the donation.  

"Solano County is honored to partner with the CDA Foundation to bring CDA Cares to Solano County. We knew of the success of the CDA Cares program in other parts of California and know that the substantial unmet need here in Solano County can be addressed — even if in a small part — through this outstanding program,” Seifert said.

After getting elected to supervisor, Seifert quickly became involved in her community, serving terms as a member and vice president of the Solano County Library Foundation, member of the Child Haven Board of Directors, member and president of the Green Valley Landowners Association Board of Directors and member of the Advocates for the Arts Board of Directors.

In addition to funds, the county has committed substantial resources to CDA Cares, including providing the site at a substantially reduced cost, security services through the Sheriff’s Department, equipment and personnel through the Health and Social Services Department and also anticipates providing hundreds of volunteers.

“We thank CDA and its members for their continued leadership in addressing the impacts of unmet dental needs and by raising community and political awareness of the importance of dental health in overall health,” Seifert said.

The First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission (First 5 Solano) is another sponsor that has agreed to match funds raised by the CDA Foundation up to $20,000. First 5 Solano is a branch of First 5 California, which was created by voters under Proposition 10 to recognize that children’s health and education is a top priority, especially in the early years of development.

First 5 Solano aims to be accessible to its communities and make an effort to incorporate community participation into policy and funding decisions.

“When we learned the CDA Foundation was interested in bringing CDA Cares to Solano County, we knew we had to step up to the plate because we recognize how important oral health care is in Solano County,” said Christine Shipman, health programs manager for First 5 Solano. “Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in children and that is why the Children’s and Families Commission of Solano County offered up the donation. CDA Cares can have a real impact and those are the types of initiatives the Commission helps fund.”

According to its website, First 5 “creates and fosters programs and partnerships with community entities to promote, support and improve the lives of young children, their families and their communities.”

Providing care to the whole family is something Shipman said First 5 found intriguing about CDA Cares.

“Another aspect of CDA Cares that we saw is the children and their entire family receive care and education at the clinics,” Shipman said.

The main mission of the Del E. Webb Foundation, another major donor, is to provide direct support to qualified organizations for qualified charitable purposes in the areas of medical services, research and education. The Webb Foundation felt CDA Cares aligns with that mission statement and that is why its board of directors decided to make a significant donation in the amount of $50,000 to CDA Cares Solano.

“The only things we do in this life that matter are the things we do for each other,” said Larry Johnson, president of the Del E. Webb Foundation. “CDA Cares fits perfectly with our vision of serving a large number of people with a small amount of money.”

The Webb Foundation is named after the late Delbert E. Webb, an American construction magnate, real estate developer and sports-team owner. Webb founded and developed the retirement community of Sun City, Ariz. Born in Fresno, Calif., Webb moved to Phoenix in 1928 and started a construction company that would eventually grow to the point where it received many military contracts during World War II.

Webb’s foundation carries on his name and tradition of being involved in local communities.

Another key sponsor is Kaiser Permanente in Napa and Solano counties, which serves more than 240,000 members, spanning an area stretching from the Carquinez Bridge north to Vacaville and Dixon, through the Napa Valley to Calistoga and over to Benicia.

Kaiser donated $20,000 to CDA Cares Solano.

“Dental health is important to overall health and that’s why we are pleased to partner with the Solano County Board of Supervisors and the California Dental Association to bring high-quality dental care to the residents of our county who need it most,” said Max Villalobos, area manager, Kaiser Permanente, Napa Solano Area.

In Kaiser’s four medical centers in the area, 400 physicians and nurse practitioners, representing every primary care area and every major medical subspecialty, provide a full range of services to its members. According to its website, Kaiser partners with its “patients and local communities, we work to promote good health and wellness throughout the region.”

The monetary donations made by these organizations are just a portion of the donations made by sponsors (including in-kind donations from major sponsors Benco Dental, Carestream Dental and Patterson Dental). throughout the region.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients in Solano County, the CDA Foundation is currently seeking additional CDA Cares 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 set up, data entry, escorting patients, interpreting and much more.

Since 2012, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program has provided $6 million in care to more than 8,000 patients.

For more information, make a donation or register to volunteer, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.