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ADA Foundation’s premier philanthropic effort recognized

September 18, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

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The ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile Program was recognized in August with a 2017 “Power of A” Silver Award from the American Society of Association Executives.

The award recognizes associations that “leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kickstart innovation and improve world conditions,” according to the ASAE’s website.

Through the Give Kids A Smile Program, launched nationally in 2003, thousands of dentists and dental team volunteers provide free oral health services and education to hundreds of thousands of underserved children across the U.S. each year.

“We’re truly honored that Give Kids A Smile has received this award from ASAE,” said Dr. Bill Calnon, president of the ADA Foundation. “During its 15-year history, Give Kids A Smile has engaged more than 500,000 members of the dental community to provide free oral health services to more than 5.5 million kids in need — services including education, screenings, preventive care and treatment. It’s a powerful example of the societal change an association can make when it rallies its community to work toward a goal. In our case, that goal is ensuring that every child has a healthy smile.”

For more information about Give Kids A Smile or how to get involved, visit