News Notes May-June 2013

News Notes May-June 2013

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Delta Dental Foundation Donates $150,000 to Minnesota Mission of Mercy

At the Minnesota Dental Association’s Star of the North Meeting in April, the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation made a $150,000 donation to the Minnesota Dental Foundation (MDF) to help fund Minnesota’s Mission Mercy (MnMOM) event. This is the second year that this significant monetary contribution makes Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation the Signature Sponsor  of the MnMOM event.  

Minnesota will host its second Mission of Mercy event June 14-15, 2013, at The Sanford Center in Bemidji. MOM events, which have been held in 24 states, have a goal of providing free  dental care to patients who face insurmountable barriers to care. A large, temporary dental clinic is erected to provide treatment over a two-day period in areas of the state where  individuals are not able to easily access oral health care. It provides dental treatment to children and adults in need, regardless of their ability to pay.  

“This is both an exciting moment for the Mission of Mercy project and a wonderful collaborative effort between our Foundation and the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation,” said Dr.  Steve Litton, MDF president. “We truly look forward to continuing this collaboration, which resulted in more than 2,000 patient visits for essential dental services during last year’s event.”  

“We are committed to improving the health of Minnesotans today while we solve our barriers to care problems for the future,” stated Rod Young, CEO, Delta Dental of Minnesota, and  Chair, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation,“and we have seen that this is an important opportunity for many Minnesotans to receive immediate and urgent dental care.”