The Delta Dental Foundation presented a donation of $50,000 to the Indiana Dental Association Foundation for Dental Health (IFDH) to support the IndianaMOM Mission of Mercy charitable dental event. This is the second sponsorship the Delta Dental Foundation has provided to IndianaMOM, having been the Signature Sponsor to the inaugural event held in 2015.
“Delta Dental’s generous support will once again help us provide free dental care to 2,000 Hoosiers who cannot afford treatment,” says IndianaMOM Committee Chairman Dr. Todd Briscoe of Fort Wayne, IN. “Unmet dental needs can lead to additional health concerns, like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more. But it also impacts overall wellbeing by causing extreme pain, difficulty eating, difficulty sleeping – even difficulty finding sustainable employment.”
The IndianaMOM event is being organized with the help of America’s Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF) which coordinates Mission of Mercy events across the nation. This will be the second MOM event in Indiana. During the 2015 IndianaMOM event, 6,860 procedures were provided to 1,211 patients, totaling $896,000 in charitable dentistry.
“The mission of the Delta Dental Foundation is to improve oral health, and the Mission of Mercy is a great opportunity for us to do just that,” said Teri Battaglieri, Director of Communications, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy at Delta Dental. “We are very proud to be the Signature Sponsor of this event for the second time.”
IndianaMOM will be held Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. More than 1,000 volunteers, both dental professionals and community members, are expected to serve the needs of approximately 2,000 patients.
“Being able to provide dental treatment to 2,000 patients over a two-day period requires an enormous amount of equipment, supplies, medicine and infrastructure,” says Dr. Briscoe. He says Delta Dental’s donation will have a huge impact on the ability to restore the smiles of so many underserved Hoosiers.
Patients interested in obtaining dental care at the IndianaMOM event are encouraged to visit www.IndianaMOM.org or call 800-562-5646 for additional information.
About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public and to advancing dental science through education and research. For more information, visit www.deltadentalin.com.
IndianaMOM is a charitable outreach program of the Indiana Dental Association Foundation for Dental Health, Inc. (IFDH) a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. IFDH and the IndianaMOM Committee have set a lofty goal of free dental care for 2,000 patients over two days. For more information, contact Karen Scharf at the Indiana Dental Association, 800-562-5646 or visit www.IndianaMOM.org.