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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, or stay tuned to future issues of Dental Economics®. Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor — e-mail: Toll-free phone number: (866)... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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