Oral Health America's 27th Annual Gala & Benefit


Oral Health Leaders Celebrate at Oral Health America’s 27th Annual Gala & Benefit

Annual Event Raises Funds for Vulnerable Americans

CHICAGO, April 5, 2017 – Oral Health America (OHA) announced that its 27th Annual Gala & Benefit raised more than $563,000 for OHA’s programs and campaigns that support oral health for all Americans.

OHA hosted over 700 people at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier on February 22, 2017. Guests from the dental industry enjoyed dinner, dancing, networking, and helping to raise critically needed funds to support programming.

“This year’s Gala theme, ‘Broadway: Oral Health Takes Centerstage,’ helped shine a spotlight on the work OHA does for Americans across the lifespan,” stated Beth Truett, President and CEO for Oral Health America. “The funds raised will allow OHA to continue its mission of improving access to care, educating the public about oral health issues and advocating for oral health legislation.”

The Annual Gala & Benefit provides crucial and principal support which drives oral health programs that increase access to care, internship and fellowship opportunities as well as advocacy for vulnerable populations of all ages.

During the event, OHA recognized Ms. Milly Goldstein for her dedication to the dental industry. She changed the landscape of the dental industry serving as a woman president of a dental organization, the Harry J. Bosworth Company. She also had the honor of serving as the first woman Chair of the American Dental Trade Association (ADTA). Ms. Goldstein was presented with the Gala Tribute Award during the ceremony and a tribute booklet was given to attendees with heartwarming comments from many of her friends in her honor.

The 27th Annual Gala & Benefit was generously supported by Presenting Sponsor – KaVo Kerr; Technology Sponsors – Ivoclar Vivadent and Patterson Dental; Entertainment Sponsor – Henry Schein Dental; Plantinum Sponsors – A-dec Inc., Colgate Palmolive Company, Dentsply Sirona, Philips Oral Healthcare and Septodont; Bid Card Sponsor – SciCan; Raffle Sponsor – Darby Dental Supply; Dessert Sponsor – Midmark Corporation; Diamond Sponsors – Chicago Dental Society and DentaQuest; Quick Raffle Sponsor – Aspen Dental; Wine Draw Sponsor – DentalEZ Integrated Solutions; and Gold Sponsors – Aurelia Gloves, BISCO, Inc., Burkhart Dental and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan.


Cyndi Schu
Oral Health America
(312) 836-9900
[email protected]

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 501,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritizes 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.

For years, Oral Health America’s (OHA) Annual Gala & Benefit has heralded the arrival of the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting as the premier networking event of the year. Our Gala & Benefit is celebrated with more than 1,000 dental and industry professionals, representing as many as 300 companies, private practices and organizations from many disciplines. The Gala is one of our largest fundraisers throughout the year, and helps OHA support the efforts that raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Our programs have grown tremendously since OHA was founded in 1955, in large part because of generous donors and through funds raised at the Gala. Oral Health America invites you to attend our Annual Gala & Benefit to learn more about our innovative programs and communications efforts that promote oral health across the lifespan!

® Smiles Across America and Wisdom Tooth Project are both registered trademarks of Oral Health America