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:
- A customized training schedule and “one-on-one” coaching
- Cause-related event marketing support, compliments of American Dental Marketing
- Special gifts
- CFAC sponsor-donated prizes worth thousands of dollars to dental practices raising the most funds
- A sense of gratification that only comes from selflessly supporting a higher purpose
“This is a singular opportunity to get (back) into the best shape of your life while delivering critically needed care and education to underserved citizens of Cambodia and Guatemala, and just as importantly, support domestic oral health initiatives,” added Bobrow.