$1.25 Million Gift to Support Preventive Dental Care in Arkansas

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The Yates and Hubbard family have given $1.25 million to the Arkansas Children’s Dental Sealant program to expand access to preventive oral healthcare for 17,000 children in the southwest region of the state as well as preventive dental services and oral health education to children in the south and southwest regions.

“Thanks to the support of the Yates and Hubbard family, children who have not had dental services in the southern and southwest corner of the state will have access to dental sealant services and preventative oral healthcare,” said Marcy Doderer, president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “This historic gift helps us deliver on the promise of a healthier tomorrow for the children in Arkansas.”

Since 2009, Arkansas Children’s Dental Outreach program has provided 12,500 dental exams through four mobile clinics, screened 31,400 children, and provided fluoride applications and applied 73,000 dental sealants.

“The Yates and Hubbard family has always been focused on helping others. Our family business was built on that principle,” said Sonja Yates Hubbard. “To invest in child health in the southern region of Arkansas is an honor for our family to uphold. My father would be proud to know that we are continuing the family legacy of supporting the community.”

The gift, which is the family’s largest to date, was made in honor of the late Jim Yates, patriarch of the Yates family and cofounder along with his wife FaEllen Yates of E-Z Mart Stores. It was made by FaEllen and the Yates Foundation, which includes her daughters Stacy Yates and Sonja Yates Hubbard, Sonja’s husband Bon, and three grandchildren.

Arkansas Children’s is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to Arkansas’ 710,000 children, according to the organization. Its Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow seeks to raise $250 million to support the promise of unprecedented child health.

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