Last year, the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor presented Keep A Breast Foundation with a check for $24,516.
How is Keep A Breast making a difference?
They’ve created the Check Your Self app, free, with over 67,000 downloads and counting.
According to their website, here’s what you can expect:
Step-by-step self-check instructions including animated gifs (artwork by Sandi Calisto)
Schedule an automatic monthly reminder
Breast health information
In-app sharing tools
Available in 6 languages (more to come!)
Early detection is the key and knowing what is “normal” for your body is an integral part of that. We developed our Check Yourself! App to do just that: help young women all over the world to develop a healthy life-long relationship with their bodies. By checking yourself once a month, you are able to detect abnormalities at the first sign of change.
We wanted to create something to support women all over their world and assist in their access to healthcare, literally putting lifesaving information in the palm of their hand: give them a step-by-step guide, tips, information, and automatic scheduling in order to make it as simple and accessible as possible. That way, people would be most likely to really carry out a self-check routine.
During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a number of brands join in this effort to raise funds and awareness. Keep A Breast features a gift guide almost 40 products ranging from surf fins to nursing pads. Visit their site to view apparel, beauty products and so many unique items that support Keep A Breast with your purchase.
Check out the Keep A Breast Gift Guide: click here.
The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.
The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.
Talk about competitive spirit
Truckloads of donations in the IT department
The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.
To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.
By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.
“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”
Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns
What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?
Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.
The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.
The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.
Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings
Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.
That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.
The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.
They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.
Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.
How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?
The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.
The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.
Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.
Who’s getting a pie in the face?
As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.
All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.
Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.
Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community
No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that
the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in
On March 23, children and families visiting Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston received free chair-side dental screenings and oral health education. For the second year, the Benco Family Foundation has supported the ADA Give Kids A Smile Day event hosted at Tufts by providing toothbrushes, flossers and two-minute timers.
“Providing children with the dental supplies they need to practice good oral health care at home is part of the Benco Family Foundation mission to educate children on the importance flossing and brushing. We are dedicated to improving dental health in our local communities and proud to partner with Tufts at Give Kids A Smile Day,” said Rebecca Binder, Benco Family Foundation Executive Director.
The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Day, created in 2003 by the ADA Foundation treats more than 5.5 million children per year, many with inadequate access to care. Cavities are the most common chronic disease of children in the United States: 80 percent of tooth decay is found in 20 to 25 percent of children, many of whom live in low-income households and do not have routine access to dental care. The faculty, staff, and students at Tufts, under the guidance of Dr. Martha Forero, provide a fun and educational environment for the oral health care of children at the Give Kids A Smile day, especially for those children without a dental home.
Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has assisted people worldwide through PRO-SYS® toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program, and in that time has donated more than 1.1 million toothbrushes. For every PRO-SYS adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased from Benco Dental, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need.
The Benco Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world. Established in 2005, the foundation supports oral health solutions and community organizations that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”
Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas.
Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.
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