Grinning for Golf: Kid Smiles Celebrates Five Years of Fundraising for Oral Healthcare for Children

Posted on July 27, 2017

Philadelphia, PA – On October 2nd, philanthropic golfers and guests will gain exclusive access to a premier member’s only club during Kids Smiles’ “Open Wide” Golf Classic and Cocktail Party. Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the event, Kids Smiles invites guests to a day on the links at Huntington Valley Country Club, voted by Golf Digest as one of Pennsylvania’s top private golf courses. After the outing, golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to celebrate their charitable efforts with food, drink, and a silent auction during the Cocktail Party sponsored by BDO. All proceeds from the event will directly support Kids Smiles’ mission to provide oral health care and health education for Philadelphia’s children in need.

Last year, generous support from sponsors and guests of the “Open Wide” Golf Classic & Cocktail Party helped raise $90,000 for the organization. The funds raised enabled Kids Smiles to provide preventive and restorative dental treatment to more than 18,000 Philadelphia children in need, while reaching an additional 20,000 children and parents with health literacy programming in the community.

“We are so grateful to everyone who supports this event, as it’s our only fundraising event of the year”, said Cheryl Janssen, Kids Smiles CEO, “This year, funds from the outing will impact our Sweet Sixteen Capacity Building Campaign. Through this campaign, Kids Smiles will be enabled to meet the growing demand for our services through education program expansion, and crucial upgrades to our facilities and technology, which will allow us to reach 3,400 more children.”

This year, Kids Smiles has enhanced the player experience by partnering with Golf Genius to provide live scoring during the golf tournament. The organization is grateful for the generous support from the following top sponsors: BDO, DentalEZ, Highpoint Dental, Jenkintown Dental, Smilestone Dental, Ballard Spahr, BB&T, Cheryl and Paul Janssen, Healthcare Management Solutions Inc., Keller Williams: Pugliese Davis Team, Keystone Property Group, Navigate, and St. Clair CPA Solutions. For information on how to sponsor or attend the event please visit, www.kidssmilesgolf.golfgenius.com



About Kids Smiles

Kids Smiles is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dental care organization with centers in Southwest and West Philadelphia, PA. It provides preventive and restorative dental care to children in underserved communities, and offers health empowerment education programs focusing on the prevention of dental disease and the development of positive, personal health behaviors. Kids Smiles treated 19,300 patients in 2016, with an 86% patient return rate, and has been serving children and their families since 2001. For more information, visit www.kidssmiles.org.


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