You are cordially invited to the second annual Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction, now open through November 16. Bidders can compete for a host of glamorous items ranging from innovative dental equipment to relaxing vacations, with 100% of proceeds benefitting oral health education and treatment programs for children in need.
“The Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction is an excellent opportunity for dental practices to access great deals on top dental equipment and products while also supporting vital oral health education and services for children,” said Fern Ingber, president and CEO of America’s ToothFairy, the organizer of the event.
Practitioners looking to update their office while helping a good cause can bid on a Schick Dental System from Sirona; an M11 UltraClave automatic sterilizer from Midmark; an IRIS intraoral camera from Digital Doc; a Pioneer Elite Laser, an NC350 Electric Lab Engine, and an LED Plus Curing Light from Patterson Dental; and much more.
Or, practitioners looking to leave the office behind can bid on a 6-day trip to a private villa in Costa Rica; a weekend in Sonoma’s wine country; a pair of seats at the 2016 ESPY Awards; hot air balloon rides; tickets to see the Minnesota Wild and the Arkansas Travelers; and more. NFL linebacker Luke Kuechly and NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. have signed memorabilia for the auction, too.
Thanks to the more than $200,000 in funds raised last year, for example, the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine expanded its Healthy Teeth/Healthy Body project. Also, high school students in Seattle hosted educational activities for elementary school students in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry.
“Just Kids Dental provides oral health education and preventive dental services to rural underserved children throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin who truly face severely limited access to dental care,” said executive director Stacey Anderson of Just Kids Dental, another beneficiary of last year’s event.
“The funding for our Community Outreach Education Boxes provided dental resources to better teach each child the importance of proper oral hygiene. The education they received has increased their dental knowledge,” said Heather Johnson, RDH, MEd, of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, which also received an award.
Many companies also are participating by sponsoring virtual “tables” at the ball. Each of these sponsorships will fund a $5,000 ToothFairy Grant awarded in the sponsor’s name to a member of the America’s ToothFairy Affiliate Network, a collaborative alliance of nonprofit clinics and community programs that serve vulnerable children.
“We invite dental practices, the broader dental industry, and the general public to participate so that every child has the tools they need for a lifetime of good health,” said Ingber.
Bidding on all items ends at 11:45 p.m. on Monday, November 16.