Who better to generate support for America’s kids than America’s ToothFairy?

School-based sealant programs, oral care product distributions, dental services for homeless children, these and other projects will receive a needed boost.

Grants totalling $100,000 will support children across the U.S., courtesy of America’s ToothFairy fundraising efforts, according to DentistryToday.com 

“Funding for the grants was donated by sponsors of the Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction, an annual fundraiser, and was awarded in the names of the donating individuals or companies. The recipients will use the funds to improve oral health outcomes for children through school-based sealant programs, oral care product distributions, dental services for homeless children, and other projects.”

Among them, a Benco Family Foundation ToothFairy Grant of $5,000 will support the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Alabama

For a complete list of this year’s recipients and sponsors, see the full story at : http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1774-america-s-toothfairy-awards-100-000-in-grants: 

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Q: How can a ‘canine’ tooth help children?

A. When it’s decorated like Slinky Dog (shown above) as part of the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition.

Now through February 10-12, 2017 -– National Children’s Dental Health Month  —  you can enter a juried art competition, the brainchild of Dr. William Demray, founder of Preservation Dental in Northville, Michigan, and support the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program.

When you donate $20 to decorate a tooth and enter the contest, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program efforts to educate parents and children about good oral hygiene. Donations also will support the program’s  Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic , which reaches out to children who cannot get to the dentist.

How can you participate?

  1. Donate $20 to get your own Michigan-made molar. Click here to participate: http://toothfairyoverstock.com/getyourowntooth/
    Then create your Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece and enter it in the juried art competition that will take place – in Northville, MI. (You do not need to be in or from Michigan to enter.)
    Prizes: The grand prize for the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” winning tooth-artist 12
    years of age-and-under is $371.00. The prize for the winning tooth-artist 13 years of age or older is $1,111.00.
  2. Not artistic? You can support the effort to bring the mobile dental unit to a school in need, by simply making a donation – and still get your own tooth. Join the troupe of traveling teeth.  Supporters are invited to take the tooth around their hometown – snap a few #toothies at a landmark (aka selfies) and post/tweet them on Instagram or Twitter @toothfall – then pass it on to someone else you think will “play along”.

Last week, the Benco Family Foundation participated by donating to the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition and inviting Benco Dental associates at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, in Pittston, Pennsylvania to “Decorate a Tooth & Make A Difference.”

At Benco Dental, contest entries that received the most associate votes (shown above, and below) earned prizes sponsored by the company, and will be entered into the national contest through Preservation Dental and displayed at the Northville Square Mall in February 2017 for National Children’s Dental Health Month.

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Clockwise, from top left: A blank slate, Benco Dental associate entries receiving the most associate votes: 2nd Place, “Iron Tooth,” created by Benco Dental’s Tech Support team, 3rd Place, a Harry Potter – inspired display, by Christina Hernandez & Lauren Rusen, and 1st Place, “Tooth Story” by Dane Bower.

For complete details on the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” contest, visit Toothfairyoverstock.com.

Read more about the project: http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/tumbling-teethhttp://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/tumbling-teeth

 

Benco Dental supports C.A.S.U.A.L. Day

 

Thirteen years ago, Michael Moran and Maura Staback, came to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to create an initiative in memory of their mother, Helen Phillips, who passed from colon cancer in the summer of 2002. Helen didn’t have a colonoscopy and her family felt strongly that if she had, that she would still be with us. Together they created C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day in March 2003. This campaign focuses on early detection and screening for colorectal cancer.

From those early days, Benco Dental has shown support, and in recent years the national dental distributor’s associates and its Benco Family Foundation continue to find new ways to champion this annual outreach, which receives support from individuals and corporate sponsors across the seven counties it serves.

“Unfortunately, almost everyone in these companies has someone very close to them with colon cancer. This is very personal. This event was begun in memory of Helen Phillips and (her name) remains on our logo. Her family came to the Cancer Institute after she passed … she didn’t have a colonoscopy and they felt strongly that if she had that she would still be with us,” said Karen Saunders, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute President.

“Our incidence and mortality rates here are much higher than the national average. People die too often, and too young, because of colon cancer. That is why the awareness created by this event is so important: the message is reminding people to get screened.”

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Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano volunteered as the company’s Team Captain for C.A.S.U.A.L. Day 2016.

Benco Dental associate Florence Marchesano reaffirmed this message.

“My mom passed away from colon cancer at 53. That’s actually why I suggested it to Benco,” said the Talent Specialist, who led the company’s efforts as a Team Captain.

Thirty-two Benco Dental associates purchased C.A.S.U.A.L. Day pins and T-shirts, which raised $685.00, and another initiative at the home office raised $175.00, according to Marchesano.

“We also raised money by hosting a Jeans Day at the home office in Pittston; associates pay $1 to wear jeans to work on March 31. The Benco Family Foundation graciously matched all the funds raised for a total donation to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in the amount of $1,720.00,” she said. Marchesano referenced the Benco Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in our communities, locally and globally.

“We couldn’t do it without the team captains,” said Saunders. “They are the heart and soul of the organization; one person at each company and over 300 team captains in the region. They do a lot.”

Additionally, the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute would like to thank their sponsors for their support of C.A.S.U.A.L. Day.

Though C.A.S.U.A.L. Day has passed for 2016, the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute offers several opportunities through which people can support its mission, according to Amanda Marchegiani, the organization’s Community Relations Coordinator.

“This is one of four major events we host throughout the year. The Judi H Rock On event, a musical tribute created by the family of a local woman who died from breast cancer, is happening in October. Our Spirit of Hope celebration in November, organized by a board of 50 ambassadors, including local businesspeople, will recognize the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 25th anniversary,” said Marchegiani.

Cancer Survivors Day in September, at Kirby Park in Kingston and McDade Park in Scranton, provides intimate gatherings for cancer survivors, caregivers or anyone affected by cancer.”

For additional information regarding C.A.S.U.A.L. Day and how to support the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, visit: CancerNepa.org.

 

‘Moosic’ to our ears

 

A 5th grader’s reaction to a holiday surprise warms the hearts and inspires the spirit.

Recently, a Special Education Teacher at Riverside Elementary East in Moosic, Pennsylvania, shared the profound effect small kindnesses, and even a simple toothbrush, can have on a child’s life.

In support of a holiday outreach, the Benco Family Foundation provided a local elementary school with a donation of toothbrushes and dental supplies. The outreach organizers, who “adopted” the  5th grade classroom for the holiday, included these items in larger gift packages that were delivered during a pizza party for the 10-12-year-old students.

The response by the children was overwhelming, according to their teacher, and she illustrated it in her correspondence with the party’s organizers. As each child in her class excitedly opened a package bearing his or her name, one young boy just sat quietly. When she asked why he hadn’t opened his gift, this was his response:

“This is the best day of my life and I don’t want it to be over, so I am going to take my bag home and share the presents with my little brother, and then we will both have a Happy Christmas.”

In her note, this educator stated it best:

“You all made a difference in this little boy’s life today and he will never forget it.  You made a difference in my life.  The joy you brought to all of my students, from the toothbrushes, to the beautiful knitted scarves, were above and beyond my expectations.  We felt the love that went into this and I just wanted you to know your kindness will never be forgotten … today, they are on top of the world.”

If a toothbrush and some love could create “the best day” in a young boy’s life, what wonderful possibilities await in 2016?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each child had a bag with their name on it and as they tore through it, we heard cries of “Oh my God, a watch,” “I got my very own blanket,” but the most heartfelt comment was when a student just sat staring at his bag.  As I walked over to him and asked why he hadn’t opened anything, he said, ” this is the best day of my life and I don’t want it to be over, so I am going to take my bag home and share the presents with my little brother and then we will both have a Happy Christmas.”  I lost it.  My eyes well up now as I write this.  You all made a difference in this little boy’s life today and he will never forget it.  You made a difference in my life.  The joy you brought to all of my students from the tooth brushes to the beautiful knitted scarves were above and beyond my expectations.  We felt the love that went into this and I just wanted you to know your kindness will never be forgotten.   As one of students said, ” look Mrs. Grace, all of Santa’s elves signed a card for us.”  I responded, they’re not elves Nick, they are God’s angels.

I applaud you all for taking the time to reach out to our Riverside family, wrap presents and donate you time and hard earned money, for sharing your love with these young girls and boys and organizing all of this is time for Christmas, especially when you didn’t have to.  I am glad you did!    These kids are usually the last, bottom of the barrel kids, but today, they are on top of the world.

Patients, families say ‘gracias’

Two hundred sixty-four lives changed for the better: 237 dental patients treated and 27 more in need of cleft lip repair, revision and reconstruction received new smiles.

Global Smile Foundation team in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala arrived with the mission to change lives. From October 23 through November 1, dental and medical professionals cared for and educated patients and families and provided first rate treatment.

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Debinson, a young patient, received successful treatment during the Global Smile Foundation mission to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. 

With a special emphasis on cleft lips and palates, the goal of Global Smile Foundation is to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities.

How is this possible?

With the help of Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986, creating awareness among her 1 million followers on social media, and mission sponsors, including the Benco Family Foundation, supporting the efforts, the changes are within reach.

Mission sponsors included: The Silverstein Family in Honor of Jon Silverstein, Tess Unlimited, Amercian Airlines, Benco Family Foundation, AmeriCares, +map International, Coast2Coast Medical, Brother’s Brother Foundation, Gebauer Company, Covidien, Real Intercontinental Guatemala and numerous corporate and individual donors.

For more information on how to help, visit: http://www.gsmile.org/