SOURCE: Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County

February 17, 2009 11:00 ET

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County Hosts Third-Annual "Your Smile Matters: An Evening Honoring Leaders in Oral Health" Event

The Feb. 24 Event at the Historic Anaheim White House Will Benefit the USC/CHOC/Healthy Smiles Advanced Pediatric Dental Residency Program and Feature Keynote Speaker Hugh McCutcheon, Olympic Volleyball Coach

GARDEN GROVE, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - In celebration of community leaders who lend support for children's oral health, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County will present "Your Smile Matters: An Evening Honoring Leaders in Oral Health," with generous funding by Diamond Level sponsor Wanda Claro, DDS, of Irvine Orthodontics. An anticipated 200 community leaders will hear the Fullerton College Student Jazz Quartet perform while dining at the Anaheim White House, a historic national landmark celebrating its 100th anniversary.

"February is designated as National Children's Dental Health month, and our event will raise awareness about the oral health crisis affecting Orange County children," said Marla Merhab Robinson, chair of the 2009 Leaders in Oral Health event and founding partner of Merhab Robinson & Jackson, APC. "We are fortunate to be supported by some incredible community leaders, who take action every day to improve children's oral health."

Hugh McCutcheon, former men's Olympic volleyball coach, will deliver the keynote address at the event. McCutcheon and his team brought home the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics despite inconceivable hardships. During the Olympics, his family was attacked; his father-in-law was killed and his mother-in-law was seriously injured. He will share his experiences in leadership and overcoming adversity.

Among those being recognized will be Dr. Richard Udin, associate professor of clinical dentistry at the USC School of Dentistry and director of Healthy Smiles' Residency Program, who will receive this year's Richard P. Mungo DDS Leadership in Children's Oral Health Award. Also honored: the National Children's Oral Health Foundation and Dr. Cherilyn Sheets. The foundation and Dr. Sheets are resource providers for not-for-profit pediatric oral health facilities and have contributed to eliminating pediatric oral disease and promoting the health of disadvantaged youth.

Funds raised from "Your Smile Matters" will benefit the USC/CHOC/Healthy Smiles Advanced Pediatric Dental Residency Program. Additional sponsors include Dr. and Mrs. John Aschieris; the Richard and Kirsten Mungo family; Merhab Robinson & Jackson; Northern Trust; Gary Van Arnam; Dottie and Frank Andrews; Elizabeth Dunne; Kevin Hszieh, DDS; The Lam Family; Mark and Donna Merhab; Jack Shaw and Ellen K. Shockro, Ph.D; St. Joseph Hospital; Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Ronnie Lott Award; Angels Baseball Foundation; 3M ESPE; Eric & Tapan Feldhaus and SafeGuard Dental & Vision, a MetLife Company.

"Your Smile Matters" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. Tickets are $75 each and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact 714-537-0700, ext. 7930, or giving@HealthySmilesOC.org.

About Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County

Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving the oral health of children in Orange County through collaborations directed at prevention, education, treatment and advocacy. With the support of the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, and in collaboration with the USC School of Dentistry & CHOC, Healthy Smiles helped establish the first-ever Pediatric Dental Residency Program in Orange County in 2006. Through its Seals on Wheels school-based prevention program, family outreach and healthcare-provider education programs, Healthy Smiles also collaborates extensively with other community-based providers to decrease the staggering disparities in oral health among Orange County's children. Learn more at www.HealthySmilesOC.org.

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