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GKAS Gala offers a capital view, ambitious vision

Washington—The fourth American Dental Association Foundation Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala was a night of celebration May 10 with a rooftop view of landmarks in the nation’s capital beneath a blue expanse of evening sky in honor of many smile benefactors.

Image: ADA President Raymond F. Gist
Welcome: ADA President Raymond F. Gist starts off the American Dental Association Foundation Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala May 10 with a smile—and the Lincoln Memorial highlighted by the setting sun. Photo by www.greggibson.com.

Some 165 guests among the volunteers, benefactors, sponsors and supporters of GKAS activities were invited to share “a very ambitious vision for Give Kids A Smile, elimination of caries in U.S. five-year-olds by 2020” offered by Steve Kess, the Henry Schein Dental vice president who chairs the GKAS National Advisory Board. “We’re hopeful that GKAS will be seen as a positive prevention issue and not necessarily an oral health access issue.”

“Little did we know when we started down this road in 2003 that this program would reach millions of children and involve hundreds of thousands of volunteers,” ADA President Raymond F. Gist said in welcoming gala guests. “But with your help it has.”

Suffused with a blush of spring night air and a tone-ambient trio of musicians, gala guests dined on a rooftop offered by the American Pharmacists Association at their Constitution Ave. headquarters hard by the U.S. State Department and a temple of science, the National Academy of Sciences building, which is closed for restoration until 2012.

Image: ADA Foundation President David A. Whiston and Steve Kess, Henry Schein Dental vice president
Working together: ADA Foundation President David A. Whiston (right) and Steve Kess, the Henry Schein Dental vice president who chairs the GKAS National Advisory Board join in the proceedings. Photo by www.greggibson.com.