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On February 24, Oral Health America held its 20th annual Gala at Chicago's Union Station during the Midwinter Dental Meeting. While offering a networking opportunity for dental professionals, the event raised more than $400,000 for the non-profit organization's dental health programs.
Proceeds from the live and silent auctions went to support Smiles Across America (SAA), an initiative that directs oral health prevention programs in schools throughout the country. Through 2009, SAA has provided $1.5 million in funding and services to approximately 250,000 children who were unable to obtain preventative and restorative dental care due to various limitations.
"Oral Health America is privileged to work to improve the oral health of Americans of all ages particularly those who are most vulnerable," said Beth Truett, president and CEO of Oral Health America. "Our gala shined a special spotlight on our work with children in school-based and school-linked settings across the country."
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