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ADA News Convention Daily

ADA Foundation presents Smile Champion awards

October 21, 2017

By Matt Carey


Smile champion: Julie Charlestein, head of Premier Dental Products Company, accepts the 2017 Steven W. Kess Corporate Volunteer Award from Mr. Kess, left, and Dr. William Calnon, president of the ADA Foundation board.
A Thursday night reception hosted by the ADA Foundation honored the two recipients of its annual Smile Champions Awards, which recognize outstanding volunteer and corporate efforts that strengthen and expand the Give Kids A Smile program.

Dr. Scott Morita, president of the Hawaii Dental Association's Young Dentist Group, received the 2017 Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. GKAS Volunteer Award and Julie Charlestein, head of Premier Dental Products Company, received the 2017 Steven W. Kess GKAS Corporate Volunteer Award.

Dr. Morita earned his doctorate in dental surgery at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California. He also has a master's degree in craniofacial biology and a certificate in orthodontics.

Dr. Morita organized the first Give Kids A Smile Hawaii event in 2014. Since then, the program has developed into a yearly education program at public elementary schools that reach more than 3,000 children. The program also hosts a large event day at Makahiki Dental Clinic in Honolulu, where 350 children receive free cleanings, exams and fluoride treatments. Dr. Morita was also instrumental in the establishment of the Hawaii Dental Association Foundation. The non-profit 501(c)3 foundation will encompass GKAS Hawaii.


Smiling for smiles: Dr. Scott Morita, president of the Hawaii Dental Association's Young Dentist Group, accepted the Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award from Dr. Dalin.
"We have worked on raising public awareness by arranging for proclamations to be signed by the governor of Hawaii and the mayor of Honolulu, and the Senate, recognizing February as Give Kids A Smile Hawaii Month," said Dr. Morita.

Ms. Charlestein is the president and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, a business started by her great grandfather in 1913. Ms. Charlestein also serves on the board of overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the dean's advisory council at Temple University Dental School.

"GKAS is a program of the utmost importance whose mission Premier fully supports," said Ms. Charlestein. "We are so fortunate to be able to develop meaningful innovations that deliver better oral health to the children that GKAS touches. Ingrained in Premier's culture is the importance of community involvement and the recognition that all are deserving."

Since 2012, the ADA Foundation's Smile Champion Awards for Give Kids A Smile have recognized outstanding volunteer and corporate efforts to strengthen and expand the Give Kids A Smile program. See a list of prior Smile Champion Award recipients at adafoundation.org.

The ADA Foundation is located in Booth 1919 on the Exhibit Hall floor. To learn more about this and other ADA Foundation programs visit adafoundation.org.