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Some Enchanted Evening opens annual meeting with brilliance

November 05, 2018

By David Burger

Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus
Enchantment: Top photo, the Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus performs Oct. 18 at Some Enchanted Evening: A Welcome Celebration.
Photos by EZ Event Photography
Honolulu — A surprise onstage appearance by the Hawaiian youth baseball team that won the 2018 Little League World Series epitomized the collaborative excellence on display at the ADA’s Some Enchanted Evening: A Welcome Celebration Oct. 18.

Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves
Golden: Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves speaks after receiving the ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research. 
Slyly orchestrated by ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole, the baseball team walked onstage to ADA immediate past president and noted baseball fan Dr. Joseph P. Crowley’s delight, presenting him with a jersey that read “We > Me,” a motto that the team embraced during its historic run.

Sponsored by Laurel Road, the event under the stars at the Waikiki Shell served multiple purposes: to celebrate the achievements of Drs. William Calnon, T. Bob Davis and Ken Hargreaves (the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, Humanitarian Award and Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research, respectively) as well to welcome visitors to ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting with a Hawaiian-music themed concert of stage stars including Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles.

Dr. William R. Calnon
Service: Dr. William R. Calnon accepts the 2018 ADA Distinguished Service Award.
“We’re not in Ohio, are we?” quipped Dr. Crowley when he opened the evening, which was kissed by a slight tropical breeze that cooled the heat.

He talked about the different paths that led men and women to their dental professions, marveling at the large crowd in attendance. “What an amazing gift tonight to be surrounded by thousands of people who are walking this road together,” Dr. Crowley told the audience, many of whom relaxed on the amphitheater’s grassy lawn. “I want to thank you for traveling to celebrate with us — and I want to recognize you for setting out on this journey — however long ago or recently it began.”

Dr. Crowley then quoted e. e. cummings: “it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

Next, Dr. Crowley presented the first award of the evening, recognizing Dr. Hargreaves with the Gold Medal award, cosponsored by Church & Dwight.

“I accept this award not for me, but for my mentors, who guided my development and served as role models; for my colleagues, who keep me focused and informed; for my students, who inspire me with their energy and motivation; and most importantly, for our patients, who we all serve,” Dr. Hargreaves said.

Dr. T. Bob DavisHumanitarian: Dr. T. Bob Davis gives a speech after receiving the ADA Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Crowley presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Calnon, former ADA president and current president of the ADA Foundation.

Dr. Calnon told the crowd, “Forty years ago, I was so fortunate to have many attendings in my general practice residency to take an active interest in me,” he said. “I remember the sage advice of one in particular. He quoted Mark Twain and told me to ‘never let my schooling interfere with my education.’ He went on to say that ‘you will be a great clinician, but there is so much more to do. Now, you have to develop your own style of being a professional and give back.’”

Dr. Cole then took the stage to present the Humanitarian Award to Dr. T. Bob Davis, whom he introduced as “an old friend of mine [and] one of the first people I met in organized dentistry.”

Dr. Davis, in his acceptance speech, said, “Why do we do what we do in volunteering? Because we are called to serve. Others are too. They join us to make the journey a lifestyle with pure joy along the way. It’s a lot about leadership and mentoring.”

He continued: “We must now pass that on, tap into the motivators that turn on the light switch in the hearts and minds of our younger generation — altruism, youthful adventurism, inherent personal character traits, untainted love for fellow human beings.”

The concert that followed could be characterized as nothing short of an extravaganza, with a succession of performers backed by a band that of course included a slack-key guitarist. The singers sang selections from “Moana,” “Lilo & Stitch,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Allegiance,” “Aladdin” and “Miss Saigon,” among others.

The finale was the definition of a grand finale, with Ms. Miles and Ms. O’Hara sublimely dueting on a medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.”

With that, the night ended, but only to kick off the annual meeting in earnest, and with mirth.