MINNEAPOLIS, MN — At the Minnesota Dental Association’s Star of the North meeting last week, the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation made a $150,000 donation to the Minnesota Dental Foundation (MDF) to help fund Minnesota’s Mission of 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 on 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 over 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 access 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.”

The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing practicing dentists. It is committed to the highest standards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans. You can learn more at www.mndental.org.