Presenting sponsors dedicated to helping underserved

The 15th CDA Cares is around the corner and several major sponsors have stepped up to make the clinic another success. The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental event is March 8-9 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, and about 1,950 people will receive oral health care at no cost thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Solano County, Henry Schein, Western Dental, Planmeca and The Dentists Insurance Company.

CDA Cares is held in high-need communities throughout the state. The event provides fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures, anterior root canals and oral health education. Since 2012, CDA Cares has provided $22.35 million in dental services to more than 27,000 people who experience barriers to care.

Here’s how the sponsors will support the CDA Cares mission at the upcoming clinic.

Solano County

Solano County is collaborating with the Foundation once again to bring care to its community members. The county hosted CDA Cares previously, in 2014, to address and alleviate the barriers to oral health care that many local families face.

“It’s an honor that CDA Cares is coming back to Solano County for a second time. We’re more than happy to lend our support,” said John Vasquez, supervisor for Solano County District 4. “CDA Cares is changing lives and it’s remarkable to see the amount of care this clinic is able to provide in two days.”

In addition to the monetary donation, Solano County has played an instrumental role in connecting the Foundation with other local sponsors and volunteer groups.

Henry Schein

Henry Schein is stepping in again to honor its values of serving the community.

“We are grateful that the CDA Cares Foundation continues to thrive in serving our underserved communities in such a big way and that we are able to be a part of this great effort,” said Burke Spielmann, Henry Schein zone general manager for Hawaii and California.

Henry Schein is an innovative-solutions company dedicated to helping its customers succeed by offering the products and services needed to deliver high-quality health care.

Whether they are donating supplies, technical support or time and skills, the Henry Schein team is on-site to help CDA Cares volunteers treat as many patients as possible during the two-day event.

 “We donate a substantial amount of supplies to help make the treatment possible for so many underserved patients in need,” said Spielmann. “While donating needed supplies is essential and we are proud of this contribution, it is our team members who volunteer that we are most proud of.”

Western Dental

Returning for its 11th CDA Cares, Western Dental continues to practice its mission of providing access to affordable, high-quality care.

With nearly 200 offices located throughout California, Western Dental is the largest provider of the Medi-Cal Dental Program. Familiar with the challenges patients face in finding care, it teams up with the Foundation each year to provide dental services that help improve individuals’ lives. For the Solano event, Western Dental provided a significant monetary donation and will have a strong contingent of volunteer staff on-site.

“With each CDA Cares event, I see the patients treated with great respect,” said Zhi Meng, DDS, clinical and operations leader for specialty care at Western Dental. “They leave with a visible sense of happiness and joy about the care they received.”


Dedicated to serving those in need, Planmeca has signed on again as a major sponsor for its third CDA Cares event.

“CDA Foundation is well-known for the work they do to help the underserved, and we knew joining their efforts would help us mutually achieve our goal of providing access to care,” said Robin Gathman, Planmeca’s tradeshow and special events manager.

Planmeca is the largest privately held company in the field of dental equipment. Since becoming a major sponsor in 2018, the company has honored its long-term commitment to the Foundation to provide three state-of-the-art Panorex X-ray machines for each event.

The company’s team members will be on-site to help run the machines and troubleshoot any problems that might arise.


The Foundation still seeks volunteer dentists and dental professionals for CDA Cares Solano March 8-9. Oral surgeons, lab technicians, pediatric dentists and nurses and physicians for medical triage are especially needed.

Online registration for volunteers will close at 11:59 p.m. on March 3, but walk-in volunteers will be welcome both days of the clinic.

For more information about volunteering, CDA Cares and the Foundation, visit cdafoundation.org/cares.

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