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TOPIC: MOMOM

Sep

29

MOMOM IV is Officially Announced

Posted by Paul on 9/29/2014 10:01:00 AM


What a joy to blow the trumpet and rally the troops once again for MOMOM IV. Mark your calendars for July 31 - August 1, 2015 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia, MO
 
The MDA Foundation approved the date and location last Friday at their board meeting. Dr. Lori Henderson, a pediatric dentist from Columbia, will lead the Central Dental Society team that will serve as host for the event. It was a long search trying to identify the best facility with the best dates for the MDA and the available dates for the American Dentists Care Foundation but we persevered and we are ready to crank up the MOMOM machine with the goal of serving the dire dental needs of the under served in central Missouri and beyond.
 
Efforts are underway to round out the leadership team, contact donors, negotiate contracts, update promotional pieces, and much more. At the heart of MOMOM is a broad based and generous group of dental professionals and community members who wish to help those in need. We will need all hands on deck again so make plans to serve a shift or two. Volunteer Registration will open in April 2015. Watch www.momom.org for updates.


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May

05

MOMOM - The Summary

Posted by Paul on 5/5/2014 2:56:00 PM


For those who like numbers, here are some from the recent MOMOM in St Louis. To view the official video (thanks Dan Reed Productions) or to view other photos and stay in the loop for the next MOMOM, click here.
  • 1,616 patients
  • $914,995.80 in free care provided
  • 1,018 volunteers
  • 208 dentists
  • 103 dental hygienists
  • 151 dental assistants or students
  • 102 dental or hygiene students
  • 1 physician
  • 34 service techs
  • 12 nurses
  • 8 translators
  • 1,446,248 people exposed to MOMOM through print, broadcast, and online publicity

Numbers are impressive but behind each one is a person that was helped. Thanks!


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May

05

MOMOM - The Thank You's

Posted by Paul on 5/5/2014 11:54:00 AM


 
Enormous undertakings like MOMOM require enormous help from multiple sources. On behalf of the MDA Foundation who oversees MOMOM,  I can't say thank you enough to all involved. It's always tricky to thank specific people because you risk leaving someone out. Call me crazy for trying. I will attempt my list in terms of leadership, money, service, and support.
 
Leadership Team: Dr Stu Waite, Dr Jeff Davidson, and Lisa Woodfin formed a formidable trio at the helm of MOMOM. They worked tirelessly to put together a team and execute the game plan. Thank you for your leadership. You had a good team of committed leads both locally and from previous MOMOMs. The clinic ran smoothly thanks to solid leadership. I salute you all!
 
Donors: These adventures are not cheap but we have some spectacular donors who keep the ship afloat. Regardless of the amount they give because they care. Some are companies. Some are individuals. Many donate "in-kind" to see the project succeed. Thank you for your generosity. You can check out the full list here.
 
Service: This is a tip of the hat to all the volunteers. Did you know they came from 10 different states? There's just something about working together to help others that is inspirational. I see it on the faces of dentists and hygienists but also on all the community volunteers who did essential jobs from parking cars to making copies to serving food to escorting patients and on and on. MOMOM would never succeed without a strong core of caring people. Pat yourself on the back.
 
Support: There are a lot of behind the scenes players who make MOMOM work. To name a few, we have America's Dentist Care Foundation who provides the chairs and "guts" of the clinic. Their expertise and experience are invaluable. There is Chaifetz Arena and Saint Louis University Dental Specialties who provided a great facility and parking at an affordable price. They met our many requests and changes with professional excellence. Then there's all the folks I call the dental community. From the labs and the vendors to the professional organizations and schools to the hotels and service vendors-  everyone loves their profession and pitches in to make MOMOM the best it can be. Thank you!
 
I wish I could scroll through 1100 plus names and cover everyone but I know they all do it from their heart so I hope they receive this big thank you straight to their heart as well!
 


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May

05

MOMOM - The Headlines

Posted by Paul on 5/5/2014 11:33:00 AM


 
You can't argue with the headlines! Here's proof that MOMOM was a big hit in St Louis. Our third edition of the free, two day dental clinic was the first to be held in a major metro area. Each location offers different challenges and advantages but one thing remains the same, the strong volunteer spirit.
 
Kudos to everyone that sacrificed time, talent, and energy to pull off a successful clinic. All the advance work is worth it when you see so many smiling faces giving their all to help people in need. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
 
Now about that crowd. The final tally shows that we treated 1,616 patients and delivered $916,000 in free care. That's amazing.  If you could read all the comment cards from patients, you would know why so many enjoy volunteering at MOMOM. The gratitude and praise just pours forth.
 
You did it, MOMOMers. Celebrate the success!
 


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Mar

18

MOMOM Video Superstar!

Posted by Paul on 3/18/2014 9:36:00 AM


 
My vanity deceives me! But a guy can dream, right? Today was another odd part of my role with MOMOM. In an effort to more speedily and succinctly provide orientation to all the MOMOM volunteers, we are attempting to create a set of videos that can be used over multiple years. That led me to a studio in Brentwood where a professional team arranged the back drop, lighting, sound, etc. I even got to read from a teleprompter! I don't think the local news team will be after me anytime soon but I did my best to record the information. Don't worry, I have asked that my big chrome dome be on screen as little as possible in favor of showing graphics or clips. We will see what the final product looks like soon enough. Now, I can return to the desk where I belong.
 
PS - Signing up to volunteer at MOMOM is a sure way to see the video!!   www.momom.org.


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Feb

14

The Value of Training

Posted by Paul on 2/14/2014 3:21:00 PM


 
An event as large as MOMOM held smack in the middle of St Louis is bound to attract media attention. That can be a wonderful opportunity for educating a variety of audiences that might not know or understand the complexity of issues surrounding the delivery of dental care in modern America. The attention can also be negative if innocent remarks are misconstrued. That's the risk of dealing with media. So what do you do? You train!
 
Today, the MDA's public relations firm, Fleischman and Hillard (FH), hosted a media training event for MOMOM. I attended as an event coordinator but the real stars were Dr Stu Waite and Lisa Woodfin, co-chairs for MOMOM 2014, and Dr Vince Rapini, St Louis trustee for the MDA Board. They worked on talking points, watched some clever videos about pitfalls, and did some role play under scrutiny.
 
Amy Bollinger (above) and Brandy Barker from FH are a great resource to help us frame our message and handle curveball questions. Their experience with media and especially media local to St Louis is invaluable as we prepare to host MOMOM in 10 weeks. It's wonderful to have good partners!
 
I spared the participants from painful role play photos but rest assured they were doing the heavy lifting and embracing this aspect of their volunteer leadership. Kudos to them and maybe you will see their smiling face on TV in May!


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Jan

13

MOMOM Registration is OPEN!

Posted by moda on 1/13/2014 5:35:00 PM


So what are you waiting for? Sign up now at WWW.MOMOM.Org
 
 
It's simple, fun, rewarding, and we need you!
 


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Sep

26

MOMOM 3 gets real!

Posted by Paul on 9/26/2013 1:28:00 PM


 
I love being part of something bigger than myself. To me, MOMOM is the perfect example of "bigger than me" and really bigger than any one person. You certainly see this once the clinic doors open and there are close to 1,000 volunteers from all over the place working insane hours to serve patients and help their fellow man.
 
But you also see the "bigger" element in the planning. The details for hosting a clinic are endless and it takes a well balanced team to pull them all together. That's what is happening. Today, several of us took about a 2 hour site visit at the Chaifetz Arena to envision the set up and execution of MOMOM 3 to be held May 2-3, 2014. I love hearing the questions everyone asks because they bring needed balance to all perspectives - patient, dentist, lay volunteer, engineer, etc. We all see MOMOM through different analytical filters.
 
For example, that's JR in the photo above. He is operations staff at Chaifetz and he's pointing out some unique feature to our group on the concourse. We plan to use the expansive concourse area for patient registration, triage, routing, and radiography. When patients finally enter the floor, it will all be about patient treatment.
 
The site visit and the leadership meeting held two days ago (that's us in the beautiful St John's Hospital Board Room) both reflected significant progress in MOMOM 3 preparations. It's neat to see some great additions to the hospitality team and other key areas.  You can sense the momentum growing which is good because time is flying by. Just mark your calendars now and plan to sign up when registration opens in January 2014.


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Sep

05

8 months until MOMOM 3!

Posted by Paul on 9/5/2013 9:43:00 AM


Clear your calendars, set your alarms, rally the troops, rest your feet! Yes, it's MOMOM time again. MOMOM 3 will be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St Louis University in midtown St Louis.
 
What's so special about MOMOM you ask? If you've been a part of one, you know the answer. If you haven't, no words or even video will accurately capture the spirit of this charitable outreach. The volume of volunteers needed and the level of coordination required to pull off a free dental clinic in metro St Louis is astonishing. But the reward of helping close to 2,000 people in chronic pain or woeful neglect is priceless. We can all do more together than we can ever do alone. So take the plunge and give this unique event a shot. You won't regret it.
 
Official online registration does not open until January 2014 but you can keep abreast of the news, watch the video, donate to the clinic, and more all by visiting www.momom.org.
 


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Jul

10

MOMOM: Stuff Galore!

Posted by Paul on 7/10/2013 10:26:00 AM


 
Do you ever wonder what happens to all the "stuff" after you finish your shift at MOMOM and walk away in bliss? Let me tell you.
 
The host team has a crew ready to disassemble and pack up all the major equipment that belongs to America's Dentists Care Foundation. They take it back to Wichita to be cleaned and prepped while another freshly loaded truck heads off to the next MOM event in another state.
 
But that is not all the stuff. There are still plenty of valuable, donated dental supplies left over. There are still plenty of auxiliary items like paper towels and signs and wastebaskets. It's all important stuff that can be reused at the next MOMOM. This is key to keeping our costs down and to being good stewards of the generous gifts from others.
 
Yesterday, Denise Lehman and I drove to Cape Girardeau to wrap up some loose ends with MOMOM. We rented a Uhaul and loaded all the inventoried supplies and brought it back to the MDA office for storage until the next MOMOM in St Louis in May 2014. As you can see from the photo, it shifted some in transport but no harm was done.
 
Today, Stacey Kloeppel and I unloaded the truck and organized the files and the containers and the boxes and on and on. It was a sweaty chore but an important one. With a good inventory of what we have and what we used, we can better solicit donations and spend wisely from event to event.
 
I can't wait until we get to reload it and drive it to St Louis! It will be here before you know it!
 


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May

06

MOMOM - A Final Word

Posted by Paul on 5/6/2013 10:26:00 AM


 
As we wrap up our second successful MOMOM, I would be remiss not to thank those brave and dedicated souls in Cape Girardeau who stepped up to the plate to bring this clinic to their community. They eagerly signed up for duty and then dutifully involved their whole community from fundraising to volunteer service. Visit the sponsor page at www.momom.org and you will see individuals, companies, and churches who all chipped in.
 
Of particular note was the fantastic way that Southeast Missouri State University chose to partner with us. Dr Dobbins and his whole staff embraced the opportunity to serve the region. From the facility team to public relations to every imaginable option, SEMO was a generous and like minded partner.
 
The photo above is most of the main leads who worked for more than a year to pull this baby together. I salute you all. And of course, we were all rudderless without our enthusiastic and hard working leader, Dr. Janet Ruopp. We could never quantify the sacrifice of time and energy made by her, her family, and her dental practice. She loves her community and loves to serve and we all tip our hat to you, Dr. Ruopp. Thank you for leading the way.
 
The preliminary results of our collective effort are very positive. They include serving over 1,775 patients while delivering more than $950,000 in free dental care. That is impressive!
 
Lastly, I'll leave you with a quote I heard yesterday at a high school awards ceremony. I think it gives us perspective.
 
"There are things you can count that don't mean anything. And there are things that you can't count that mean an awful lot."


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May

05

MOMOM - The Volunteers

Posted by Paul on 5/5/2013 10:07:00 AM


 
Riddle: How do you provide dentistry to over 1700 people in 2 days in a temporary setting? Answer: It takes an army of dedicated volunteers who love people and who love dentistry and who don't mind working hard.
 
I have nothing but praise and gratitude for the more than 1000 volunteers who worked behind, in front or on the scene at MOMOM. They registered patients, they parked cars, they hung signs, they emptied trash, they served food, they entered data, they restocked supplies, they escorted patients, they monitored doors, they passed out good bags, they unloaded and loaded massive amounts of equipment, they problem solved on the fly, they calmed the nervous and laughed with the merry, and if they were a dental professional, they gave of their time and skill to provide critical care and first rate treatment. All of them of course did it with a smile!
 
Saying thank you seems to fall short but based on the comments below that I personally received, I would say once you are a MOMOM volunteer, you are hooked. Thank you all and see you at the next one!
·         “I was overwhelmed by how appreciative all of the patients were” 

·         She was BESIDES herself with tears of JOY!THIS is what makes these events great!”

·         “Everything about it, from check in, to the administrators, to those who escorted the patients, was a pleasure”

·         “Volunteering in such a setting ALWAYS reminds me how blessed I am to have such a skill to offer. It renews my love of dentistry.”

·         “I feel so proud of our state and grateful to be a part of its dental community”

·         I would have loved to have been in every section just to see what everyone else experiences.  Thanks to everyone for your perseverance and dedication.  I know there were a lot of appreciative people.”
 


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May

04

MOMOM - The Payoff

Posted by Paul on 5/4/2013 9:58:00 AM


 
Helping another person is the simplest form of human kindness. When you can help them out of pain and boost their spirits by giving of your time and skills, it's even more rewarding. Hearing "thank you" is reward enough. Reading the heartfelt gratitude of patients as expressed in a mountain of feedback cards is overwhelming and will make your spirit soar to the point that you forget how tired you are or how early you got up or how less than ideal the conditions may be. I sure hope all the volunteers took time to read these cards that were posted in the volunteer refreshment area. If you did, you know you'll be back at the next MOMOM.


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May

03

MOMOM - The Clinic in Action

Posted by Paul on 5/3/2013 9:32:00 AM


 
How does MOMOM work once the doors are opened? There is a method to the madness. Patients are numbered and given a clipboard where they fill out some basic information. This clipboard travels with them throughout the day. Once their number is called, a patient visits medical triage to make sure they are healthy enough to receive treatment. From there they go to dental triage where a dentist evaluates their needs and agrees with the patient on the top priority for treatment. Then the patient is routed to the appropriate waiting area (there's lots of waiting). Their experience may include an x-ray, a visit to the numbing area, or some lab work. When it's their turn, the patient goes to the appropriate treatment area (extractions, fillings, cleanings) and gets their free work done by a smiling and talented team of professionals. Once they are done, they go to patient exit to get any necessary prescriptions and to finish off the paperwork. All patients leave with a goody bag of personal hygiene products. They also leave with a big smile and a heart of gratitude. That makes all the madness worth it!


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May

02

MOMOM - The Set Up

Posted by Paul on 5/2/2013 9:16:00 AM


 
For those who are logistically inclined, watching an arena transform into a MOMOM clinic is fascinating. It takes coordination, many hands, and lots of flexibility. The America's Dentist Care Foundation brings all the fundamental equipment needed to operate a 100 chair temporary clinic. Big crates are unloaded, dental chairs are unfolded, sterilized, and set up. Water and power are set up for suction and lighting. An entire area is set up with sterilization equipment so tools can be cleaned and turned over in a timely fashion. LOTS of chairs are set up in a variety of waiting areas. All sorts of directional and informational signs are put out. Preparations are made to check in hundreds of volunteers and thousands of patients. It's no small feat but it's exciting to see many hands hard at work and then look up to see a clinic that's ready to go. The take down process is similar but by that time you're exhausted and it doesn't feel as glamorous - just satisfying knowing how many people were helped.


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May

02

MOMOM - How Long Would You Wait?

Posted by Paul on 5/2/2013 8:56:00 AM


 
The value of something can often be measured in how long you will wait for it. A frequent phrase you hear at MOMOM is "It was worth the wait." Just how long kind that wait be? I arrived at the Show Me Center for set up at about 9 am on Thursday. The first patients were already in line just outside the door. By mid afternoon the first tent  was in place. When I left about 6 pm that night, the rain had started to fall but spirits remained elevated. At 3:45 am the next morning, I was in disbelief as I walked the line in the chilly rain and found people sleeping on the ground or huddled in groups. Not a single one spoke a discouraging word. In fact, when I said the doors would open soon, they cheered.
 
The value of hard work can often be measured in the satisfaction of a plan realized. I found it very satisfying after months of planning and coordinating with a host of highly committed volunteers to walk outside and see the reason we do this. There are so many fellow humans who are in dire pain and have no other alternatives for care. Waiting 20 hours or more in the rain just to get inside only to wait several more hours is a mild inconvenience. It's humbling and inspiring to think we get to work together to help them.


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Jan

08

MOMOM Registration is Open!

Posted by moda on 1/8/2013 3:04:00 PM


Next year is finally here! MOMOM 2013 is officially just around the corner. It is May 3-4, 2013 at the Show Me Center on the campus of SE Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, MO.
 
WE NEED YOU! This great charity event is so rewarding as we join hands to do together what we could never do alone - serve more than 2,000 patients with critical oral health needs. Money is raised, leaders have stepped up, supplies are donated, facilities are secured. The only thing missing is patients and doctors. I know the patients will turn out from all across the Bootheel and surrounding areas. The most critical need is for the dental team to turnout and volunteer so we can help our fellow man.
 
Registration is easy and available and open at www.momom.org. Bring your whole office for a shift or two and experience this awesome event first hand. You can find answers to common questions under the volunteer FAQ section but don't hesitate to call me at the MDA office if you want to learn more.
 
MOMOM is a growing strategy for the MDA Foundation. Jump on board now and be a part of the excitement.
 


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Dec

07

Staying on Message

Posted by Paul on 12/7/2012 12:27:00 PM


 
I think one of the best positive stories we have to tell as an association is MOMOM. It has so many uplifting angles from the large number of grateful people who get much needed and free dental care to the wide-ranging involvement and generosity of caring people who make the event possible to the unforgettable satisfaction of working long hours together to serve your fellow man. So when I went to a media training today as part of MOMOM 2 preparation, I was surprised to learn how many more stories we have to tell and why it's important to stay on message.
 
The training, conducted by our public relations consultant Fleishman-Hillard, helped the participants understand key messages for our profession and how to communicate those within the context of MOMOM. It was eye-opening to think about all the different audiences we speak to (patients, general public, business community, legislators, dental partners, etc.) I saw the value in knowing and staying on message - plus the pitfalls of getting off track. It all seemed easy enough until it was time to open our mouth. On camera. With a tough reporter. And a team of critics.
 
Actually, the practice was the best part. Amy Bollinger and Brandy Barker at FH did a great job teaching us and then testing us. They played the reporter part well reminding us that we don't control anything but the words that come out of our mouth. And that can be scary without practice and under pressure. The group was helpful to encourage and critique each other and we all did much better our second time around. Thankfully, we have more months to practice before MOMOM press coverage picks up. This is a great reminder for all of us to think about our core messages as it applies to both your own practice setting where we live and to our greater professional setting that influences all of us.
 
The pictures above show Brandy Barker ( FH rep with back to camera), Patrick Baker (MDA legislative director), Dr. Nathan Seyer (MOMOM Facilities lead), Cheryl Mothes (MOMOM Hospitality chair),  Dr. Jan Ruopp (MOMOM chair) and  Amy Bollinger (FH rep). We were watching videos of how not to do a press interview. In the second shot, you see Dr. Ruopp in her mock interview.


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Jul

11

More Walmart Fun

Posted by Paul on 7/11/2012 10:59:00 AM


 
The check presentation event was fun for several reasons. First, how often do you get a chance to speak to Walmart shoppers during rush hour? I tried to seize the moment but I fear the audience was just noticing that Koolaid was .70 cents cheaper. A neat part of the event came when several Walmart Associates led a cheer. This enthusiasm is part of every Walmart meeting. Finally, we all had a good laugh that the refreshment table had a lovely  arrangement of sugary cupcakes at a dental event. I noticed that almost everyone including myself was thrilled to partake. No one seem to miss the veggie tray! All in all it was great hospitality and fun!


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Jul

11

Checking In - MOMOM Style

Posted by Paul on 7/11/2012 10:28:00 AM


 
Yesterday was a big day for the MDA Foundation and MOMOM. I had the privilege of representing the MDAF at an in store press conference at the Cape Girardeau Walmart. The big occasion was to receive a $45,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support MOMOM 2013 to be held at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, May 3-4, 2013. This is a huge boost to the MOMOM fundraising efforts and a great moment for the community. As such, we had several guests join us (and the many 5 pm Walmart shoppers). I'll introduce you to some of our guests.
 
The first photo with the big check includes Drs. Pat and Jan Ruopp, MOMOM chair for 2013,  with many of their local board members. The next photo is Gary Elders, local store manager and emcee for the event, listening to Dr. Jan Ruopp explain MOMOM to the crowd while recruiting volunteers. She's got a lot of energy and makes a perfect chairperson.
 
We were honored to have three local MO State Representatives join us as well. All three have been very supportive of MDA issues and are thrilled to see MOMOM come to SE Missouri. In the left photo, in the foreground, is Rep. Donna Lichetenegger (R-157) from Jackson. Behind her in the yellow shirt is Rep. Wayne Wallingford (R-158) from Cape Girardeau. In the right photo, wearing red, is Rep. Ellen Brandom (R-160) from Sikeston. The final photo with the big check  (left to right) is Gary Elders, Rep. Ellen Brandom, yours truly, Dr. Jan Ruopp, Rep. Donna Lichetenegger, and Rep. Wayne Wallingford.
 
On behalf of the MDA Foundation, I want to thank the Walmart Foundation for their generous support of MOMOM and their commitment to help their local communities. I want to thank Laurna Godwin from Vector Communications and local store manager Gary Elders for arranging such a nice moment for the check presentation. And thanks again to all the state representatives, local board members, and other supporters who joined us for this milestone moment.  


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Apr

19

Plan Your Pilgrimmage Now

Posted by Paul on 4/19/2012 3:30:00 PM


 
Commit this site to memory. Put it in your GPS. Mapquest it. Circle the date, May 3-4, 2013. The Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau is where the dental family will gather for MOMOM 2 just about a year from now.
 
I was here today to meet with Dr. Jan Ruopp, local chairperson for MOMOM2, and the SMC staff. We were reviewing the set up needs, layout plan, and contract details. Southeast Missouri State University has really stepped up beyond being a facility site to being a true partner in this event. Students will be volunteering in a wide variety of roles from set up to patient escorts and just about everywhere in between.
 
My enthusiasm for MOMOM 2 grew even more over dinner tonight as I met with the assembled leadership team. They are on point with, volunteer recruitment and a host of other details. It's a good team and you can sense their commitment to their community. Make plans to join the party next May because it takes 150+ dentists to volunteer if we are to reach our goals.


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