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Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, Centrix feted for contributions to Give Kids A Smile

September 27, 2019

By David Burger

 Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, Centrix feted for contributions to Give Kids A Smile

Corporate Volunteer Award: Bill Dragan, president of Centrix, receives the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco. From left, Michele Penrose, the chair of the Give Kids A Smile Committee and director of global professional relations of Henry Schein; Steve Kess, vice president of global professional relations of Henry Schein; Mr. Dragan; and Dr. Jeffrey Dalin, Give Kids A Smile founder. Photo by EZ Event Photography.

San Francisco — In recognition of their extraordinary commitment to Give Kids A Smile, Dr. Jeffrey Dalin presented the Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award to Dr. Deborah Weisfuse and the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award to Bill Dragan, president of Centrix, during the ADA FDI World Dental Congress.

Dr. Weisfuse has been involved with GKAS for the last 12 years with the New York State Dental Foundation and the New York County Dental Society, including being chair of the program since 2015. In 2019, her program screened, treated and educated 1,392 children in nine schools in East Harlem, West Harlem and the Lower East Side. This year, she implemented parent workshops with translators to ensure the message of good oral hygiene was implemented by all family members. Fifty-three dentists, three hygienists, 43 dental students and 30 general volunteers were involved in her event.

“The New York County Dental Society Give Kids A Smile program has greatly influenced oral health care with the policymakers in our area,” Dr. Weisfuse said. “In addition, we raised the profile of organized dentistry both for the public, our own component as well as nearby dental schools and other collaborators. Providing a great volunteer opportunity for component members is very important. It is a vehicle for leadership development as well as a great way for members to make a difference.”

Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, Centrix feted for contributions to Give Kids A Smile
Centrix was recognized because of the company’s long-time product donations to the GKAS program since 2006. In 2019 alone, its product donation to GKAS was worth nearly $180,000. Dr. William Dragan founded the company in 1970 and his son, Bill Dragan, currently serves as president.

“I was surprised and honored to be awarded the Steven W. Kess Give Kids A Smile Corporate Volunteer Award at the ADA meeting in San Francisco,” said Mr. Dragan. “Centrix has supported Give Kids A Smile for the last 13 years with hundreds of thousands of FluoroDose fluoride varnish treatments for children in underserved areas who may have never seen a dentist or had dental care. The dental industry has been good to us and we believe that it is important to give back, especially to help the underserved. By raising awareness of proper oral health care at a young age, across all economic groups, we hope that we can raise the next generation with the highest level of oral health ever.”

 Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, Centrix feted for contributions to Give Kids A Smile

Volunteer Award: Dr. Deborah Weisfuse receives the Jeffrey Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award from Dr. Dalin at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco. Photo by EZ Event Photography.

The Smile Champion Awards began in 2012 in recognition of Dr. Dalin for his volunteerism and co-founding of the GKAS St. Louis program and Mr. Kess of Henry Schein for his established corporate support. Mr. Kess, who received honorary ADA membership at the 2019 congress, had the corporate award named after him on behalf of Henry Schein’s  collaborative work with the ADA and the ADA Foundation on GKAS,  which has provided more than 6 million underserved children with free oral health services since its national launch in 2003.

For more information about Give Kids A Smile go to: ADAFoundation.org/GKAS.