OHA to Honor Dr. Michael Alfano at 26th Gala & Benefit

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CHICAGO, December 29 – Today, Oral Health America (OHA) announces that Dr. Michael Alfano will be recognized with the Tribute Award at its 26th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 24, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Dr. Michael Alfano, DMD, PhD serves as Professor, Dean and Executive Vice President Emeritus at New York University.

Each year, OHA honors an individual whose career significantly impacts oral health on a regional or national level; has been innovative, creative and pioneering; demonstrated positive, measurable change over a sustained period; and, achieved success in overcoming barriers to oral health access, education and advocacy.

“Dr. Alfano more than exemplifies each of these criteria for this award in the most profound ways imaginable,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO for Oral Health America. “His loyalty to Oral Health America’s mission and work, his belief in health equity and the need for change in prioritizing oral health for all Americans lives has been demonstrated throughout his career and continues as he chairs the Santa Fe Group and is involved with the 2016 Global Oral Cancer Forum and the Harvard Project.”

The Tribute Award is presented during the dinner at OHA’s annual gala which is recognized as the premier charity event kicking off the Chicago Midwinter Meeting. It will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, as well as a silent auction. The theme, Mardi Gras Redux, heralds Oral Health America’s return to one of Chicago’s spectacular landmarks during its centennial year.
Tickets for OHA’s gala are currently on sale. All proceeds underwrite OHA’s mission to connect communities with resources to improve access to care, increase health literacy and raise awareness about the importance of oral health’s impact on overall health. OHA’s programs serving children and older adults are active in 47 states and one US territory as a result of support received from this annual event. Please join Oral Health America at Mardi Gras Redux and commit to making a difference in the oral health of all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

The gala is generously sponsored by Presenting Sponsor Kavo Kerr Group; Technology Sponsors Ivoclar Vivadent and Patterson Dental; Entertainment Sponsor Henry Schein Dental; Diamond Sponsors, DENTSPLY International, Colgate Palmolive, DentaQuest, SciCan, Septodont and Philips Sonicare; Platinum Sponsors Midmark and Darby Dental and Gold Sponsor Planmeca USA, Inc.

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CONTACT: Brittany Wright, (312) 836-9900
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OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 460,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritize oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit oralhealthamerica.org