New Smiles for All Program Delivers Treatment to Veterans, People who Live with Special Needs
Launched in the summer of 2021, the NYSDF Smiles for All Awards Program will raise money to help programs seeking to improve access to dental care and improved treatment outcomes for veterans and/or people who live with disabilities.
Smiles for All was created to honor the legacy of the late Dr. Mark Bauman, a beloved dentist and Foundation Board member whose commitment to the profession went above and beyond in every possible way. In particular, Mark was a tireless advocate for our veterans and for the disabled. In addition, he had a unique ability to connect with younger generations, men and women whose entry to the profession was made easier by their ability to discuss practice and life concerns with this generous mentor.
A special aspect of Smiles for All will be an annual contribution of up to $1,000 to a NYS ASDA chapter to support efforts to educate and raise oral health awareness to veterans, the disabled and their families and caretakers.
To coincide with Veterans Day (11 November) and Giving Tuesday (30 November), the Foundation is promoting the Smiles for All program. All proceeds raised as part of this annual nationwide effort will be earmarked to support dental treatment programs for the targeted populations. Our military men and women are selflessly putting their lives on the line to fight for our freedoms. Ensuring they can be successful when they return home is the very least we can do.
It is said that a life is measured in memories. Mark Bauman left behind countless joyful memories cherished by many, but his legacy is also one of looking forward, of hope and unbridled optimism, all of which we hope to honor with the NYS Dental Foundation Smiles for All Program.
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