Student fundraiser contributes $25,000 to Dentistry for All

(Edmonton) Dentistry and dental hygiene students who hosted the first Dentistry Students’ Association Ball Jan. 22 have set the bar at an impressive level, raising $25,500 for a Canadian-based volunteer organization Dentistry for All.

The Dentistry Students’ Association put on the ball to leave a legacy behind when they move on from their posts with the association. Money was raised through sponsorship and ticket sales for the event which included a dinner, dance and fashion show. 

“We were simply blown away by the amount of support for the event and the organization,” said Dave Leoni, a second-year dental student who is on the organizing committee. “Not only did we sell out the seats (about 230 people), but also we raised five times the amount of money that we had originally projected as deeming the event a success.”

The group had originally hoped to raise around $5,000.

Dentistry for All was started by a dentist out of Calgary. The organization provides free dental care to patients, who do not have access to dentists, in impoverished countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala and the Philippines.

“Dentistry for all provides them with dental treatment and dental education,” said Leoni. ”Otherwise these patients are pulling their own teeth.”

The hope is that this charity ball will become an annual event.

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