What a week it has been for all of us in Chicago! From everyone at Oral Health America, we’d like to send a big THANK YOU to the over 800 of you who were part of our 22nd Annual Gala and Benefit on Wednesday evening at Chicago’s Navy Pier. This year’s theme was “Impacting America’s Smiles,” and it’s safe to say we’re all striving to do that every day!

Thanks to the generous companies, organizations and individuals who gave of their time or money to make the event a success. Together, we raised over $500,000 in one night to support Oral Health America’s programs that impact the oral and overall health of millions of Americans throughout the journey of life.

In 2012, we’ll be able to do even more for the health of the public because of what you’ve done for us. Our Smiles Across America® program will reach out to over 400,000 children to provide preventive care and education in school-based and school-linked settings; our Wisdom Tooth Project® for older adults will connect national and local communities and spark the change we need to care for the mouths of our nation’s fastest growing age group. And your commitment to our mission will help us launch communications campaigns that reach hundreds of millions of Americans this year.

A special Gala shout-out goes to Patterson Dental and Kim McQueen. Year after year, Patterson provides pro bono design and printing services for our Gala materials in addition to cash donations and auction items (like this year’s “Dinner with Paul Guggenheim”), and for that we are truly grateful.

Another successful OHA Gala has come and gone – but don’t be a stranger to OHA the rest of the year! Catch us at our booth at the CDS Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting today and tomorrow, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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