Past Foundation Events
Hundreds of bottles of wine were pulled from the Wall of Wine display. Debra Wong, pictured on the left with DFO staff member, Judy Edgerly, pulled the 1985 Chateau Gruaud-Larose Saint Julien, donated by Dr. Anthony Hoffman and valued at over $200.

Pictured at left, Steve Bauman and Tim Kitch, ADI, enjoy the Wall of Wine.

Our sincere thanks to all of the people and organizations who donated to the Wall of Wine and the Willamette Valley Wine Country Getaway packages.

Willamette Valley Wine Country Getaway Donors

We thank the following generous sponsors for their donations to our Willamette Valley Wine Country Getaway Package.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at this year's Oregon Dental Conference: Jose Ayala, Patrice Ayala, Steven Doane, Susan Finke, Martha Fitts, Sarah Hahn from Equestrian Wine Tours, Natasia Lester, Laurie Matsuzaki, Robin Murto from Murto Vineyards, Jake Price from Equestrian Wine Tours, Arwen Rhodes from Beckenridge Vineyard, Linda Spencer, Cherie Tomlin, Janae Werner, Ashley Williams, and Karen Utz from The Black Walnut Inn.

DFO Board Members
Dr. Rick Asai, Amy Benson, RDH, Dr. Ken Berg, Dr. Weston Heringer, Jr., C. J. McLeod, Steve McNannay and Dr. Bill Ten Pas.

DFO Recognizes Dental Volunteers and Friends

The Dental Foundation of Oregon was pleased to recognize a number of individuals and one organization for their outstanding volunteerism and support of children's oral health at the Oregon Dental Conference.

•  Dr. Kurt Ferre and Erica Soto represented the Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic which received a special Dental Champion award for their volunteers and board members who helped save the clinic from closing
•  Elisa Shofield, RDH was recognized as a Dental Champion for her volunteerism at the Salem Boys & Girls Club dental clinic.
•  Dr. James Goertz, DMD and his wife Elaine were recognized as Friends of the Foundation for their outstanding volunteerism on the Tooth Taxi during the past year.

The awards were presented by DFO board president, Dr. Rick Asai, at the general session of the Oregon Dental Conference on Friday, April 13th. Congratulations award winners and thank you for all you do to help those less fortunate.

BnK Helps Raise $5,140 for DFO
Company sponsors Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament

Bill Ludwig, President of BnK Construction, along with his wife Sherry and extended family hosted a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at their home in Boring on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Over thirty players joined in the fun and helped raise $5,140 for DFO programs like the Tooth Taxi.

"It was a fantastic evening," said Charlie LaTourette, DFO's executive director. "We are very grateful to the Ludwig family and BnK Construction, and all of the sponsors who contributed prizes."

Heather (Ludwig) Hippenstiel provided super support for the tournament designing fliers, posters and promotional materials and her husband, Darren managed the details of the tournament.

Top Winners List

1st Place: Dr. Jason Bajuscak
2nd Place: Tim Warren
3rd Place: Joel Foust
4th Place: Dr. Brad Sievert
5th Place: Darren Hippenstiel
6th Place: Dan Hutton
7th Place: Xavier Ramero
8th Place: Dr. Steve Beadnell

Numerous sponsors contributed over $3,000.00 in prizes that were distributed among participants and the final table.

Sponsors included: Schein Dental, Burkhart Dental, O'Brien Dental, Patterson Dental, DFF Dental Lab, Pacific Continental Bank, Bank of America, Key Bank, Spectra Contract Flooring, Gunderson Construction Cabinetry, Steel Stud Choppers, R&B Innovations Cabinetry, Ashland Concrete Cutting, Baxter & Flaming, Five Star Electric, Cascade Plumbing, Oregon Heating, Massage Envy, Dominos Pizza, Group Mackenzie, and Ironstone Bank!

All in all, it was great night of fun, food and friendship helping to raise funds to support DFO's mission of improving oral health for Oregon's children. Our sincere thanks to the Ludwig Family, BnK Construction, and all of the sponsors and player who made the evening possible.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Supports the Tooth Taxi

The DFO recently received a generous grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oregon and Southwest Washington (RMHC®) in the amount of $10,000 to provide free oral healthcare to children of low-income families in Oregon. RMHC partners with nonprofit programs in the community to support efforts to improve children's health with proper oral healthcare. These grants are made possible by a portion of proceeds from donation boxes at McDonald's restaurants in our region, and matching funds from RMHC Global. Our sincere thanks to RMHC for their outstanding support of the Tooth Taxi. Read the full press release HERE.

Monte Carlo Night Raises $3,260

Nearly 100 gamblers and friends attended the Monte Carlo Night sponsored by the Clackamas County Dental Society on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 to try their luck at games of chance and raise funds for the Tooth Taxi.

Thanks to the hard work of many people from the Clackamas County Dental Society including Dr. Fred Bremner, executive director and Dr. Robert Russell, CCDS President, as well as Heather Hippenstiel from BnK Construction, Monte Carlo Night was a huge hit raising over $3,260 for The Dental Foundation of Oregon's Tooth Taxi.

Photo of Dr. Fred Bremner, CCDS executive director, Charlie LaTourette, DFO executive director, Heather Hippenstiel, committee member, Dr. Robert Russell, CCDS President

"We are very grateful to the Clackamas County Dental Society for making this event so successful," said Charlie LaTourette, DFO's executive director. "Dentists already do a huge amount of charity work in their offices, and they know supporting DFO and programs like the Tooth Taxi allows them to help thousands of underserved children every year."

Individual gaming tables were sponsored by a number of companies including Artisan Dental Lab, Assured Dental Lab, BnK Construction, Carestream Dental, DBIC, DFF Dental Lab, O'Brien Dental Lab, Pacific Continental Bank and Shikosha Dental Lab. The delicious hors d'oeuvres were sponsored by Aribex.

The Tooth Taxi Texas Hold'em Poker Tournaments were won by Dr. James Barless and Dr. Donald Nimz , and numerous prizes were handed out to the players including the overall winner, Tara Asai, who although a novice gambler won the iPad 2 for her devastating performance at the Black Jack table.

Prizes were generously donated by both companies and individuals including: Advantage Consulting Services, Bomber Catering, Fluence, HELP Appraisals & Sales, Henry Schein Dental, Lil' Cooperstown Bar & Grill, Patterson Dental, WEO Media, Dr. Fred Bremner, Dr. Aaron Haskett, Dr. Terry Isom, Dr. Tracy Ouyang, Dr. Robert Russell, Dr. Aaron Welk, and Dr. Dana Yip.

Special thanks to Clackamas County Dental Society, the Monte Carlo Night committee members, the generous sponsors, and all those who attended the event to benefit the children of Oregon in desperate need of oral healthcare.

DFO Community Grants Support Statewide Dental Care

The Dental Foundation of Oregon Board of Directors has announced eight 2011 Community Grant Awards to support nonprofit dental programs across Oregon that provide a range of services from direct care to oral health education.

2011 Grantees include the Assistance League of Eugene ($5,000) to support the Children's Dental Center; Beaverton Rotary Foundation, Inc. ($5,000) to support the Beaverton Dental Check/Dental Aid program; Dental Health Solutions for Children Salem-Keizer Public Schools ($5,000) to oral health education and dental screenings for students and parents in 46 elementary schools; Deschutes County Healthy Beginnings ($4,500) to support free screenings and dental education; Multnomah Dental Society ($2,000) to support their annual Children's Health Fair; Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center ($2,500) to support the OB Baby Dental Program; A grant was given to Upstream Public Health($10,000) to promote improvements in children's oral health, and Oregon Mission of Mercy ($10,000) to support the two-day free dental clinic at the Oregon Convention Center to help uninsured families get free dental care and education.

"We are very happy to be able to support these outstanding organizations," said Dr. Steve Simmons, DFO board member and chair of the DFO Grant Committee. "These grants will help provide critical direct care, oral health education and advocacy for thousands of underserved children."

Other News and Events

The Tooth Taxi greeted hundreds of visitors during the dental conference to introduce the mobile dental van program and to encourage more dental professionals to volunteer their time.

Here Tooth Taxi Dentist, Dr. Jennifer McLeod, and Tooth Taxi Program Manager, Mary Daly pose outside the van.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help out at the Oregon Dental Conference this year, and to everyone who purchase a ticket to our raffle or Wall of Wine to support DFO programs like the Tooth Taxi. We greatly appreciate your support!




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