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Grassroots award winners announced at Lobby Day

April 07, 2017

Grassroots winner: Dr. Charles McGinty receives the Jack Wilson award during the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day. From left are Dr. James Russell Dumas, Dr. McGinty, Donna McGinty and Dr. Bob Butler. Photo by Dr. Mark Bauman
Washington — Dr. Richard Andolina, ADPAC committee chair, presented grassroots advocate awards March 28 during the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day.

Dr. Charles McGinty received the Jack Wilson award, which honors the founder of the ADA Political Action Committee.

"It's a labor of love and a pleasure to do this but you all are the real heroes," said Dr. McGinty, a former ADPAC chair.

Other ADPAC membership awards included:
  • Single state district with highest participation: Illinois.
  • Multistate district with highest participation: District 16: Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Single state district with highest total receipts: New York.
  • Multistate district with highest total receipts: District 12: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Nebraska.
The American Student Dental Association honored Andrew Larkin, a second-year dental student at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, with National Legislative Liaison of the Year.

Other ASDA awardees were Michelle Callahan, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Legislative Liaison for Districts 1-3; Jim Hollingsworth, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Legislative Liaison for Districts 4-5; Emma Roy, Marquette University School of Dentistry, Legislative Liaison for Districts 6-7; and Avanika Khanna, Texas A&M College of Dentistry, Legislative Liaison for Districts 8-9.