The ADA Foundation saluted Julie Charlestein, president and CEO of Premier Dental, with its 2017 Steven W. Kess Give Kids a Smile Corporate Volunteer Award in recognition of the company’s support of the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program. Charlestein received the award during a presentation at ADA 2017 in Atlanta last week.
“Premier Dental is honored to support the mission of the GKAS program, providing high-quality, innovative dental supplies to help meet the oral health needs of children across the country,” said Charlestein. “Thank you to the ADA Foundation for this kind recognition and for providing Premier Dental with the opportunity to share its products to support communities in need.”
The annual award recognizes one individual, company, or organization that has provided exceptional volunteer and/or financial support for GKAS by leveraging the resources of that company or organization. Nominees must have a proven history of supporting innovative and effective GKAS programs by using their professional resources to help achieve GKAS’s goals, including at least five years of commitment to the program.
“On behalf of the 5.5 million children who have received free oral health services through Give Kids a Smile over the program’s 15 years, we extend our thanks to Ms. Charlestein and the entire Premier Dental team for their ongoing support,” said Bill Calnon, DDS, president of the ADA Foundation.
Since the inception of GKAS in 2003, Premier Dental has provided more than $2.5 million in financial contributions and in-kind product donations. These supplies are used by volunteers to help deliver free dental care to underserved children across the United States.
Each year, GKAS supports 10,000 dentists, 30,000 dental team members, and other community volunteers in providing free oral healthcare to more than 350,000 children from low-income families. Services include exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns, and extractions.