CHICAGO, February 27 — Oral Health America (OHA) is proud to announce more than $550,000 in funds were raised at its 23rd Annual Gala and Benefit on Wednesday, February 20, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. More than 800 guests dined on gourmet dishes, danced and mingled with dental industry thought leaders, and helped OHA raise more than a half-million through sponsorships and the live and silent auction.
Founded in 1955, the Chicago-based non-profit organization connects communities with resources to increase access to dental care and oral health education for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. This year marks the second consecutive year that more than half a million dollars was raised to support OHA’s programs and campaigns.
"We couldn't be more appreciative of our guests and sponsors who made this event possible," said OHA's Board Chair Margaret (Peggy) Cottrell. "Your support ensures that OHA will be able to connect even more communities to the resources they need to increase access to care for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable."
At the top of the evening, through the generosity of GC International and GC America, OHA recognized Donald "Mac" McKenzie with the Gala Tribute Award for his years of guidance and stewardship over the organization. Mac’s legend has fundamentally changed the way this nation’s children view the dangers of smokeless tobacco though his involvement with OHA’s NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Program). A commemorative tribute booklet was compiled, known as the “Macbook”, and is available online at https://oralhealthamerica.org/participate/gala. OHA also premiered history boards at the event to highlight the organization’s milestones, leading up to the 60th anniversary in 2015.
The gala would not have been possible without the support of many generous sponsors. Thank you Technology Sponsors: Ivoclar Vivadent and Patterson Dental, Diamond Sponsors: Colgate-Palmolive Co., DENTSPLY International, DentaQuest, GC America, Henry Schein Dental, Philips Sonicare, SciCan, and Septodont, Platinum Sponsors: Chicago Dental Society, DentalEZ Group, and Midmark, Raffle Sponsor: Aspen Dental and Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Precious Metal Refining, Bisco, Burkhart Dental Supply, Karwoski & Courage Public Relations, Planmeca, and Unilever.