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Thanks for supporting DAD

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

On behalf of the South Carolina Dental Association and the local Dental Access Days (DAD) Committee, we wish to express our profound appreciation to the community volunteers, businesses, and organizations who contributed their time, supplies, food, and talents to make the DAD free adult dental clinic on Aug. 25-27 such a successful endeavor. A record number of 1,636 patients were treated over two days for a value of $1,056,814.50 in charitable dental treatment.

We especially owe our sincere thanks to the 200 South Carolina dentists, their staff, MUSC College of Dental Medicine students, residents, and faculty in providing their professional expertise. Florence-Darlington Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, FMU School of Nursing, and Virginia College students and faculty also volunteered to care for the patients at DAD. Delta Dental Insurance Company is to be applauded for its sizeable grant to help underwrite the overhead costs of this event.

Scherrie Cogdill, Diane Davis and their staff at Hope Health were instrumental in coordinating community volunteers. The outstanding efforts of the staff at the Florence Civic Center were most notable. The Florence community can really be proud of that facility. A big thank-you goes to the South Florence High School principal, Ms. Carol Hill, and the SFHS Navy ROTC cadets who supplied amazing assistance with the Thursday equipment set-up and the Saturday tear-down.

Fifteen dental supply companies donated all the dental supplies, instruments, and x-ray equipment. Eleven local businesses contributed necessary supplies and food for the volunteers. Florence Baptist Temple, Calvary Baptist, Central Methodist, Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian, and NewSpring Church provided many lay volunteers to assist in the logistical and management process required to allow DAD to run so smoothly. This local health mission was a product of collaborative efforts by many caring people in Florence and around our state who were committed to come to the aid of our fellow citizens in need. Blessings to all. J. David Moss, DMD Chair, 2016 Dental Access Days

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