Oral Health America to Honor Dr. Jack Dillenberg at 28th Annual Gala & Benefit

Chicago Non-profit Fundraiser Supports Programming and Offers Premier Networking Ahead of Midwinter

CHICAGO, December 18, 2017 – Oral Health America (OHA) announces that Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, will be recognized with the Gala Tribute Award at its 28th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 21, 2018 at the new Marriott Marquis Chicago (at McCormick Place). Dr. Dillenberg is Dean Emeritus of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and President of Dillenberg & Friends, Inc. which provides a full scope of health services consulting.

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. Dillenberg exemplifies each of these criteria for this award in numerous ways, including his work with public health programs in the California Department of Health Services,” said Beth Truett, President & CEO for Oral Health America. “His leadership as founding Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health has laid the groundwork for professional community externships, serving the same people who are at the center of OHA’s mission and work. The honors and awards he has received, including the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Service Award, are reflections of what Dr. Dillenberg has done for the dental industry. We are grateful for his dedication to the profession and his previous service as Vice President of OHA.”

The Gala 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 and raffles.

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 U.S. territory as a result of support received from this annual event. Please join Oral Health America and commit to making a difference in the oral health of all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

The gala is generously supported by: Cocktail Reception Sponsor – Ivoclar Vivadent; Technology Sponsor – Patterson Dental; Entertainment Sponsor – Henry Schein Dental; Platinum Sponsors – Colgate Palmolive Company, Dentsply Sirona, Philips Oral Healthcare, Septodont; Bid Card Sponsor – SciCan; Grand Raffle Sponsor – Darby Dental Supply; Dessert Sponsor – Midmark Corporation; Diamond Sponsors – Chicago Dental Society, DentaQuest; Wine Sponsor – DentalEZ Integrated Solutions; and Gold Sponsors – BISCO, INC., Burkhart Dental Supply, PLANMECA.


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

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