Major sponsors show generous support of CDA Cares

Thanks to several major sponsors who have made significant donations of equipment and resources, around 2,000 patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic coming to Modesto Oct. 26-27. Those sponsors include Henry Schein, GES, Planmeca USA and Western Dental.

Henry Schein
In keeping with its strong belief that it must give back to the communities it serves, Henry Schein continues as a longtime supporter of CDA Cares.

“It means a great deal to the Henry Schein family to help provide for the underserved communities; joining forces with the CDA truly enables this goal to become a reality,” said Burke Spielmann, Henry Schein zone general manager for Hawaii and California.

Henry Schein contributes to CDA Cares in multiple ways, including through generous financial commitments and donations of supplies. It also provides technical support at the events.

“We have technicians on-site to set up and repair any equipment should anything malfunction during the course of the event,” said Spielmann. “I especially enjoy spending time with our technicians over the course of the day, as they are a truly gifted group and absolutely love contributing. I have on many occasions witnessed the technicians come to the rescue to fix equipment to keep the patient flow going smoothly.”

Spielmann expressed his appreciation for the CDA Foundation and said Team Schein will be out in full force again at the Modesto clinic in October.

“More than anything, I would like to thank the Foundation for allowing us to partner with you at these events,” he said. “It is a chance to give back and have two truly great organizations join forces to realize a common goal. We look forward to continuing our tremendous partnership.”

As a global, full-service provider for live events, GES has been dedicated to a successful partnership with all CDA endeavors for more than 40 years and has stepped up as a major sponsor of CDA Cares.

“As CDA Cares has evolved, GES and its parent company have been proud to be a part of this growing service,” said Pam Pietrok, senior director of client relations for GES. “We have a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and are honored to be an integral part of CDA Cares.”

Many of GES’ staff and crew dedicate their time to support CDA Cares. Team members provide volunteer hours preparing for the events and the management team travels from locations throughout California to work on-site, with the Modesto clinic being their next destination.

“GES believes in supporting CDA in serving the dental industry and recognizes the value of these services to the communities in which the events are held,” Pietrok said. “We are proud to be part of this goodwill endeavor.”

Starting with the Anaheim clinic in April, Planmeca USA became a major sponsor of CDA Cares through a long-term commitment to the Foundation to provide three state-of-the-art Panorex X-ray machines for each event.

Planmeca started supporting and supplying imaging equipment to programs similar to CDA Cares about eight years ago to help provide dental services to those in need. “Better care through innovation is a core value that we demonstrate each time we provide the imaging to provide better care through these programs,” said Robin Gathman, tradeshow and special events manager for Planmeca USA.

Planmeca also provides a volunteer staff at the clinics to help run the machines and troubleshoot any problems that might arise, as well as helping out in other areas as needed.
Doug Gouger, Planmeca district sales manager, volunteered at CDA Cares for the first time in Anaheim.

“These events truly reveal how important it is to provide dental health care to all regardless of a patient’s means or disposition,” he said. “I am proud to have played a small role in the lives of the people who came to receive care and to have represented Planmeca at the same time.”

Western Dental
As a longtime supporter of CDA Cares, Western Dental is committed to the view that it shares with the CDA Foundation — that quality oral health care is core to total body health care. The company has contributed $50,000 for the events along with a volunteer workforce that numbers in the dozens at every clinic.

The Modesto clinic will be Western Dental’s 10th event, and it plans to build a team to volunteer there as well. “We know that far too many Californians are not getting sufficient access to the care they need,” said John Luther, DDS, chief dental officer of Western Dental. “For us, joining with CDA Cares is like a weekend turbo boost of the kind of outreach and care we offer in our dental offices every day. It inspires and energizes us every time.”

Preet Takkar, Western Dental’s chief information officer, volunteered at CDA Cares for the first time in April in Anaheim. One of more than 40 Western Dental volunteers who attended, Takkar said he was humbled and overwhelmed by the experience.

“There were so many patients I spoke to who were appreciative of the opportunity to be there and receive the care they needed,” he said. “It truly is a life-changing event for patients and volunteers and is such a worthy cause.”

SOTA Imaging
For over 30 years, SOTA Imaging has engineered imaging products in the scientific and medical communities, including producing optical components for NASA and Abbot Laboratories. Through the years, SOTA began implementing this experience in the dental field by creating intraoral cameras, digital X-ray sensors and imaging software and has worked with nonprofit organizations, like the CDA Foundation, throughout California.

This year, the company partnered with CDA Cares by offering a generously discounted purchase price of X-ray sensors for use at the clinics.

“To be a part of this huge, amazing service to the community is an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Sean McGee, technical advisor for SOTA. “To be able to see the people whose lives you’re directly affecting is absolutely fulfilling.”

Since 2012, CDA Cares has provided $20.75 million in care to more than 25,000 people thanks to the generosity of more than 22,000 volunteers. CDA Cares provides fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures, anterior root canals, oral health education and resources for dental care in the community. In addition to providing care to nearly 2,000 people at each event, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net, including a Denti-Cal program that works. 

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