While smaller in attendance than previous years, this years event provided almost 1.1 million dollars of care in 2 days at the Phil Long Event Center in Colorado Springs. We are so proud of our staff members who attended and gave tirelessly of their talents and time to the underserved population of our state. We treated patients from all walks of life who had traveled from as far as Leadville for this opportunity.
Dr. Prendergast and his Staff are proud to give back to the community through several dental charitable programs:
Dr. Prendergast serves as both a care provider, and vice president of this very important charity. The Foundation is a wholly charitable organization that was born of the local dental society, the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society.
Through the course of the year, the Foundation solicits funds from many philanthropic organizations. We also hold charity events for Dentists, their families, and staffs. All of the money supports the primary function of this group…THE SMILE AGAIN PROGRAM.
This program is targeted to help the survivors of domestic abuse. Often, people who are the victims of domestic abuse have broken, damaged, or missing teeth. Additionally, these people often don’t have the resources to seek normal dental care. The Smile Again Program uses many social agencies to identify those people who have taken a new direction with their lives. As they re-enter or return to the job market, a healthy, restored smile is essential. These individuals are matched with over 200 volunteer dentists from the Denver metropolitan area who will provide these needed dental services at no cost.
All money realized by the Foundation is used to pay the laboratory bills that may be charged to fabricate the crowns, dentures or partial dentures these people so desperately need.
Our office truly believes in the work of this Foundation. We feel such relief efforts are most efficient when the desire to help comes from the hearts of the caregivers, not from the mandates of a social program. There is great opportunity for volunteer help with this Foundation, if you are interested, please contact our office.
The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot afford dental care. A 100-chair dental clinic for adults and children. COMOM travels around the state annually to help those who need it most. You don’t have to be a dental professional to volunteer for this program.
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For several years, we have cheerfully provided dental care to graduates of the Stout Street Rehabilitation Program. This program helps individuals who have slipped between the cracks of society, teaching them the skills necessary to maintain their personal integrity and live successfully in society. When individuals complete the rigorous program, each is given the opportunity to have dental work completed at no charge as an additional benefit prior to reentering the work force.
A day of free dental treatment and education for kids without dental insurance or the means to afford dental care. This event occurs on the first Friday of February each year in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Dr. Prendergast is proud to have participated in this most valuable program continually since 1982. This program matches disabled individuals with dental offices around the community which are willing to restore these patients to health at no charge to the patient. The Colorado program has been adopted as the model for similar programs around the country. This is just another reason why we are so proud of Colorado dentists and their generous work.