Climb for a Cause dental charity plans 12th annual expedition

January 9, 2009 CHICAGO, Illinois–Climb for a Cause, a nonprofit dental charity dedicated to providing donated dental services, volunteer dentistry, oral health education, and supporting dental missions for economically disadvantaged citizens worldwide, has announced that its 12th annual fundraising event will take place Sept. 6, 2009 at California’s scenic Yosemite Valley. Dental professionals including clinicians, office staff, dental manufacturers and consultants, and media from across the nation will assemble a to pledge their support for volunteer dentistry by attempting a one-day ascent/descent of the famous Half Dome, via the Cable Route. While not a technically difficult climb, the 16-mile round trip makes it a challenge. Funds raised from this year’s hike will support the CFAC Dental Education and Treatment Projects in Guatemala and Cambodia, as well as other domestic oral health causes. Part of CFAC’s proceeds may also be allocated to oral cancer research. “Our goal for 2009 is to adequately enlist and equip local and visiting dental professionals and volunteers to provide preventive and restorative dental care and education to the underserved citizens of Guatemala, Cambodia, and, of course, the United States,” said Daniel Bobrow, executive director for Climb for a Cause. “To meet this challenge, our goal is to raise $100,000.” Bobrow continued, “Because this is a hike, not a climb, no prior experience is required and we’d like to encourage all people, regardless of age or experience, to participate in this rewarding experience, which is philanthropic dentistry at its most exciting.” CFAC is seeking participation and sponsorship from dental practices, consultants, manufacturers, and other members of the profession. Participants in this year’s CFAC event will receive:...

Touring the halls of the 2009 IDS

Joe Blaes May 26, 2009 I have just returned from a two-week trip that included stops in Cologne, Germany; Bienne, Switzerland; Hot Springs, Ark.; and Omaha, Neb. I was in Cologne to attend the International Dental Show (IDS). This meeting is the largest dental show in the world and is held every other year….I [also] was recently [reminded] of a very interesting non-profit organization called “Climb for a Cause.” [D.E. helped launch CFAC’s first publicity campaign in 1998]. In essence, CFAC helps dental practices follow Ben Franklin’s sage advice to “do well by doing good.” Each year, CFAC organizes an event that involves dental practitioners and other industry members trekking through a spectacular mountainous area and raising money to provide needed dental care in the process. This year’s event will take place during Labor Day weekend at the world-famous Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. There are many ways to participate. To learn more, visit www.climbforacause.org, or stay tuned to future issues of Dental Economics®. Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor — e-mail: joeb@pennwell.com Toll-free phone number: (866)...

PracticeWorks Supports CFAC Organization with Sponsorship

April 14, 2008 ATLANTA–PracticeWorks, Inc. has announced it will sponsor Climb for a Cause, a nonprofit foundation that raises money through annual climbing events to provide dental care for children in third world countries. The 2008 event will be a “nontechnical” climb of Mt. Marcy, near Lake Placid, N.Y. “We have joined with other companies to sponsor this worthwhile organization and its important work in providing dental care to children that would otherwise have none,” said Paul Tucker, PracticeWorks’ director of marketing and a member of the organization’s advisory board. “We recommend that dentists across the nation join us in supporting this worthy cause.” In July of 2007, the organization’s annual climbing event was held at Mt. Hood, Ore. Through this event, the organization raised nearly $75,000, enough to fund dental education and treatment projects in Cambodia and Guatemala for two years. Daniel Bobrow, executive director of Climb for a Cause and president of American Dental Marketing Company, added, “We’re thrilled to have one of the industry’s leading companies supporting our efforts. We’ve already received great benefit in terms of creating both awareness and participation among the dental community, and so feel the association is off to a great start.” The organization offers a variety of donor, hiker, and sponsorship opportunities. Dentists and staff can support the organization by participating in the annual climbs or by donating funds, equipment or supplies, and many companies sponsor events and make donations to the...

Experience is Everything…

by Alan Slootsky, Boca Raton, FL 1999 DCFAC participant What does it take to climb the toughest endurance mountain in the continental United States with 23 other dentists in order to raise money for charity? This past summer I was about to find out. A picture in a dental newsletter of dentists on top of a mountain piqued my curiosity. What were they doing there? My wife, Jill and I have taken our last three summer vacations revolving around hiking mountains-Telluride, Colorado, Lake Louise and Jasper Canada, and I even promised her we could hike in Switzerland prior to vacationing in Italy. My wife is in excellent condition and we really caught the hiking bug since we yearn for the mountains having lived in Florida for the past 20 years. It is a wonderful morning workout with awesome views that allows us to appreciate nature and smell the roses. With these thoughts in mind, I called the number in the article and spoke to Danny Bobrow of the American Dental Company who organized the three climbs to Mount Whitney in 1998. His love for climbing mountains and connection to dentistry and fund raising led him to start a tax-exempt company called Dentists Climb for a Cause. His goal was to tie together climbing, dental teamwork and fundraising for their sponsor charity Operation Smile. Immediately, Danny was interested in qualifying me for their next climb in Seattle Washington at Mount Rainier. How much do you weigh? What is your normal exercise routine? Do you lift weights? Have you every climbed before? All I did was ask about the article and...

DCFAC XIV – San Jacinto Peak (2011)

Success!!! On Sunday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m. the CFAC Summit Team stood atop the 10,834 foot summit of San Jacinto Peak just outside Palm Springs, CA. The Summit Team – 2011 “The weather gods were kind to us” says Daniel A. ‘Danny’ Bobrow, CFAC’s executive director. “We were prepared for scorching heat, but never got it. Had we climbed two days later, we’d have hit the snow line halfway up the peak, which would have made for a, shall we say, rather different experience.” This year’s Event marked the single greatest one day elevation gain (10,300 feet) in the history of Climb For A Cause, and took the “Cactus To Clouds” Team 11 hours to accomplish. Before Our Ascent….. We had fun at Joshua Tree! Image Gallery – DCFAC-XIV (2011) [Show slideshow] 12► SEE MORE IMAGES AT: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150399093946458.411988.210481… &...
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