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|2014 Motor Mouth Raffle
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang
Get your tickets now for your chance to win a 2014 Ford Mustang in the DFO Motor Mouth Car raffle. Help support DFO programs like the Tooth Taxi. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and our friends at Gresham Ford have given us a super sweet deal on this exciting car so we can make more money for the Foundation to serve Oregon's kids. It's an amazing car with a powerful V-6 engine.
Tickets are only $100 (only selling 1,000) and if you purchase before 2/14/14 you are entered into a drawing for $500 cash. And, even if you win the cash, your ticket goes back into the drum for the car drawing.
The drawing will be held at the Oregon Dental Conference (need not be present to win) on Sat., April 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm.
Don't miss this fun opportunity to win a piece of automotive history and help improve the oral health for Oregon children.
Purchase your tickets online here
Print Raffle Form
Hole in One Highlights Chip! for Teeth
Tournament Raises Over $57,000
Kristi Harris took a long look down the fairway at
Hole #6 before she hit her tee shot during the Chip! for Teeth Golf Tournament on June 21st at Langdon Farms Golf Club. She hit a long, high shot that landed gently on the green and began rolling toward the pin.
"I held my breath," said Kristi. "And watched it roll slowly into the cup."
Kristi, who works for Fluence, an accounting and consulting firm with a long history of supporting the dental community and the DFO, had just won the secondary Hole in One and Closest to the Pin prizes on the same hole, collecting a $500 Pro Shop Gift Certificate and a $250 Amazon gift card.
"It was a highlight of a fantastic tournament," said Charlie LaTourette, DFO Executive Director. "It was a beautiful day, and we are very thankful for the outstanding support of our sponsors and players who help make this our most important fundraising event of the year."
31 teams of players helped fill the field of golfers who enjoyed breakfast sponsored again by Willamette Dental Group. Golfers warmed up at the Columbia Community Bank Driving Range, and enjoyed beverages throughout the day from the Patterson Dental Beverage Carts. For a complete list of sponsors see this list (HERE).
Michelle Weisenbach, Vice President of Marketing for US Bank, pictured here with colleagues Matt Rast (l) and Steve Isaak (r) welcomed golfers to the US Bank Awards Ceremony and Luncheon following play. The awards ceremony and luncheon was generously sponsored by US Bank.
Congratulations to the Low Gross Winning team of Steven Hval, Gary Tucker and Eric Fenton who each received $100 and will have their names included on the highly coveted Chip! for Teeth Tournament Trophy.
The Low Net Winning team members who also received $100 each, and their name on the trophy, included Michael Murphy, Tracie Murphy, Dr. Pat Nearing and Dr. Dennis Reed.
Winner of the KP $1,000 prize was dental student, Nate Risley, shown here receiving his award from Joe Consani of Consani Associates. Consani Associates has sponsored this very generous prize for the tournament for nine years.
Men's Long Drive champion was Charles Rider, and Women's Long Drive was won by Abigail Heringer.
For a complete list of tournament and prize sponsors and golf teams and players see the Chip! for Teeth Program (HERE) and enjoy all the team photos in our photo gallery (HERE).
Thanks again to all our sponsors and players for making the tournament a great success!
And save the date for next year's Chip! for Teeth which will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 again at Langdon Farms.
Dr. John Chirgwin Wins 2013 Motor Mouth Car Raffle
Dr. John Chirgwin, from Portland, sits in his new 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid awarded on Saturday, April 6th at the Oregon Dental Conference during the Motor Mouth Raffle. 505 raffle tickets were purchased before and during the dental conference helping to raise $50,500 for DFO programs like the Tooth Taxi.
"Our congratulations to Dr. Chirgwin," said Charlie LaTourette, executive director of The Dental Foundation of Oregon. "We are happy for him, and very grateful to everyone who purchased a ticket. The Motor Mouth Car Raffle has become an annual event at the dental conference and an important part of our fundraising program that helps us serve so many low-income children across Oregon."
The annual DFO Wall of Wine raised nearly $6,000 for the foundation! Dr. Fred Bremner, pictured below, picks a bottle of wine from the Wall assisted by Judy Edgerly and Charlie LaTourette from the DFO. Participants paid $20 for the chance to select a pre-wrapped bottle of wine, with values ranging from ten to over a hundred dollars.
THANK YOU WINE DONORS!
Our sincere thanks to our wine donors including these wineries and vineyards: Bradley Vineyards, Brandborg Winery & Vineyard, Cameron Winery, Casa Bruno, LLC, Henry Estate Winery, Oregon Dental Association, River's Edge Winery, Rocky Knoll Winery, Wild Rose Winery, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and these individuals:
Dr. Rick and Betsy Asai, Dr. Ken and Susan Berg, Diane Bower, Patrick Braatz, Don Bretthauer, Judy Edgerly, Dr. Mike and Suzann Goger, Maurice and Ginny Hicks, Dr. Anthony Hoffman, Lisa Horton, Rebecca Lanxon, Keith and Linda Lovett, Lora Mattsen, Steve and Dawn McNannay, Dr. Patrick Nearing, Don Oman, John Paul, Dr. Tom Pollard, Dr. Alanson Randol, Lindsey Rooks, Dr. Daniel Saucy, Dr. Steve Simmons, Holly Spruance, Dr. William Ten Pas and William and Patricia Zepp
Poker Tournament Sets Record
Raises $11,250 for DFO
A crowd of over 70 people, including players and volunteers, filled the second floor at Group Mackenzie offices on Saturday, February 2, 2013 for the DFO Charity Poker Tournament, sponsored by Bnk Construction and Group Mackenzie. The fifth annual Texas Hold'em tournament raised over $11,250 to support DFO programs like the Tooth Taxi.
The crowd enjoyed pizza dinner and adult beverages, while several "rookies" learned how to play the game at the BnK practice table where taking chances was encouraged and laughter was the soundtrack. At 5:00 p.m. the game got underway, with eight tables of players, each trying to outlast their opponents in hopes of winning prizes that included an Ipad, golf games and lessons, a Kindle Fire, and gift certificates to a variety of local stores.
Jason Bajuscak outsmarted all comers and won first place for the 2nd year in a row. This puts a large target on his back for next year. Runners up in order were: 2 Steve Close, 3 Adam Solomonson, 4 Joel Dietzman, 5 John Hobson, 6 Norm Duffett, 7 Bob Liddell, 8 Allen Rahrich and 9 Michael Matsuda.
"It was a fantastic evening," said Charlie LaTourette, DFO's Executive Director. "And everyone knew it was all for a really great cause – helping to provide free dental care to low-income children."
The tournament was started five years-ago by Bill Ludwig, President of BnK Construction, who hosted the tournament at his home for a number of customers and friends. Bill's company is known for its work building and remodeling professional offices for dentists and physicians, and retailers.
"It is a great pleasure to be able to support the DFO and Tooth Taxi," said Bill Ludwig, President of BnK Construction and Co-Sponsor of the tournament. "Our greatest accomplishment with the Poker Tournament is to make people, both individuals and companies, outside of the dental community aware of the great service that DFO provides. The overwhelming comments we receive are "What a fun event" and "Count me in for next year. So, planning has already begun for next year's event."
As the tournament grew over the years, it became clear we needed a larger place to hold it. Enter Dennis Woods with Group Mackenzie a regular tournament player and friend of Bill Ludwig. Group Mackenzie is one of the Northwest's leading design and engineering firms and their large Portland office is conveniently located downtown near OMSI. Dennis offered to host the tournament this year at his offices, and work tirelessly to make it happen.
"Group Mackenzie was thrilled this year to join BnK Construction in sponsoring the DFO's annual Charity Poker Tournament," said Dennis Woods, Partner with Group Mackenzie. "We embrace the organization's mission to help underserved children in our communities through its Tooth Taxi program. It was great to see the level of enthusiasm and support from all attendees. We had a fantastic time, and look forward to future opportunities to get involved."
A Tournament Committee included Bill Ludwig, Dennis Woods, Heather and Darren Hippenstiel, Susan Higbee, Judy Edgerly and LaTourette. But many others volunteered to help including several Bnk employees and friends.
"We couldn't do the poker tournament on our own," said LaTourette. "BnK Construction and Group Mackenzie, along with many volunteers make it happen. It is a real labor of love by people who care deeply about helping underserved children."
Prizes and contributors to the event included: Henry Schein, Oregon Heating, Five Star Electric, Don Rhyne Painting, Pacific Continental Bank, Sam Agnew, Ashland Concrete Cutting, Stuart Smart Golf Pro, The Reserve Golf Course, Burkhart Dental Supply, Steel Stud Choppers, Gunderson Construction, Spectra Flooring, First Citizens Bank, Keith Linn, DFF Dental Lab, Mt. View golf, Cascade Plumbing, Dynalectric, R&B Innovations, Massage Envy, Bank of America, Scott Hodson, O'Brien Dental Lab, and Langdon Farms Golf Course.
Plans are underway for next year's DFO Poker Tournament so watch for the Save The Date announcement soon. It's never too early to start practice counting your cards.
(See a wide range of photos from the tournament on the DFO Facebook page. And don't forget to "like" us.)
DFO Helping Children Statewide
Since its inception, the Foundation has helped provide over one million dollars to nonprofit dental clinics serving over 200,000 Oregonians. For a small foundation, our impact is tremendous helping thousands of low-income children across Oregon through programs like the Tooth Taxi and the DFO Community Grants Program.
The Foundation recently awarded $56,000 in small grants to seven worthy organizations. 2013 grantees include:
||Assistance League of Eugene, Eugene ($5,000) to provide free dental care to K-12 public school children in Lane County
||Dental Health Solutions for Children, Salem ($5,000) to provide oral education, sealants, screenings and treatment referrals to students
||Deschutes County Healthy Beginnings, Bend ($2,000) to provide support and access to dental services and oral health education through community outreach
||Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, Portland ($22,500) support for oral health education outreach efforts to increase awareness of the need for community water fluoridation in the greater Portland area
||Kemple Memorial Children's Clinic, Bend ($4,000) Support to expand prevention and oral health education outreach efforts
||North Clackamas Dental Health Solutions, Clackamas ($2,500) Operating funds for the Dental Health Solutions Program which addresses oral health problems with education, prevention and access to urgent dental care
||Oregon Mission of Mercy IV, Portland ($15,000) support for the two-day free dental clinic at the Oregon Convention Center Nov. 25th & 26th for low-income Oregonians.
Our congratulations to these grantees, and our heartfelt thanks to them for all they do to improve the oral health of Oregon children. And thank you to all our donors whose continued support allows us to improve the oral health of Oregon children.