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Take me out to the ballgame, GKAS

California dental society treats volunteers to a baseball game as thanks

June 04, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

Riverside, Calif.—The Tri-County Dental Society is enhancing its nine-year-strong Give Kids A Smile program by showing its volunteers how much their efforts are appreciated.

In April, volunteers from 19 participating offices and clinics were treated to a minor league baseball game event to honor their dedicated service.

“We offered our volunteers a ticket to an Inland Empire 66ers game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, including an all-you-can eat barbecue,” said Monica Chavez, GKAS/Community Outreach Coordinator.

“One of our Tri-County staff even threw the ceremonial first pitch, and we had awards for participating clinics and individuals,” she said.

“We want to continue to build momentum in our program by recognizing our volunteers. They are the ones who make it all possible.”

The minor league ballpark is also the site of an annual summer GKAS fundraiser.

Ms. Chavez said the dental society also rewarded volunteer offices and clinics that reported their GKAS statistics within seven days of their event with a $100 pizza party.

“I was lucky enough to participate in the Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute in 2011 and I learned some interesting ways to make our event even better,” said Ms. Chavez.

“We are implementing strategies to offer more recognition for our volunteers as well as more ways to make the GKAS experience more fun for participating kids, like offering entertainment, goody bags and visits from the tooth fairy.”

To learn more about the Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute visit GKAS or email the GKAS program at