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Great-West Financial invests in ADA charitable program

MOM program to serve hundreds in San Antonio during ADA 2014; volunteers sought

July 09, 2014

San Antonio—Great-West Financial has donated $25,000 in corporate funding to support the ADA Mission of Mercy charitable dental clinic planned for Oct. 12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

The free one-day dental clinic, hosted by the ADA in cooperation with the ADA Foundation, the Texas Dental Association and the San Antonio District Dental Society, will serve up to 1,000 patients in need with comprehensive dental care services, from cleanings and exams to surgical and restorative treatments.

“August 2014 will mark the 80th anniversary of the business relationship between Great-West Financial and the ADA,” said Jim Biesterfelt, vice president, Great-West Financial. “Having an opportunity to support a program as impactful and meaningful as the Mission of Mercy clinic seems like the perfect way to commemorate this extraordinary milestone. We wish the ADA continued success with its Mission of Mercy program.”

The ADA and Great-West relationship dates back to 1934, when the ADA-sponsored Term Life Insurance Plan was first introduced as a benefit of ADA membership. Over the last 80 years the ADA member portfolio was expanded to include four additional plans and today the ADA Members Insurance Plans protect the lives and dental practices of nearly 147,200 dental student and dentist members and their families.

Several other companies and organizations to date have also committed to contribute funding, in-kind products, or both for the San Antonio MOM, including CareCredit, Church & Dwight, DEXIS/Kavo Kerr, Freeman, Henry Schein Cares, Lands’ End, Premier Dental Products, P&G, the RK Group, The Greehey Family Foundation, San Antonio District Dental Society and Wells Fargo.

For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Christa Martin at martinc@ada.org.

At the inaugural ADA MOM event in New Orleans in 2013, volunteers provided more than $387,000 in free dental care to 755 patients in need. A total of 1,119 volunteers from 42 states were able to donate 2,835 procedures, including exams, X-rays, surgical procedures, restorations, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, denture fabrication and repair, endodontic services and emergency care.

ADA MOM sponsors and donors cover the entire cost of the event, from transport and set-up of equipment; to materials, supplies and prescription medications; to meals and snacks for volunteers during the 12-hour clinic. No government funding is used for MOM events. A typical event costs nearly $120,000 and organizing dental associations must raise the entire amount through donations and sponsorships in their communities.

“We want to thank Great-West Financial and all the other organizations that have already committed to making the ADA MOM in San Antonio a reality, said Dr. John P. Schmitz, an oral surgeon in Shavano Park, Texas, and local chair for the event. “And we encourage other organizations to become sponsors for this very worthy cause.”

Organizers are also seeking volunteers for the event. MOM volunteers serve many roles during a typical event, with dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants generally providing triage services, diagnostics and treatment, including restorative and specialty care. Other volunteers, including students, laboratory technicians and office specialists, provide support to help the MOM clinics run smoothly. Spouses and family members older than 18 are also welcome to help with event registration, set-up/tear-down and other logistics.

“We encourage dental professionals and their families and friends coming to ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting to spend a few hours volunteering at the MOM,” Dr. Schmitz said. “Those who have already volunteered at a MOM event know that they receive far more than they give. It’s a great experience that allows participants to give back to the community that has welcomed us for the meeting.”

At this time, the ADA asks that MOM volunteers keep event details private so attendance can be managed through local promotional efforts. MOM participants do not need to be registered for the ADA 2014—America’s Dental Meeting to volunteer. To learn more, including information for obtaining an out-of-state temporary charitable dental license, visit ADA.org/MOM. Completed paperwork for the temporary license must be submitted no later than Aug. 1.