Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation gives thanks to local organizations for helping Illinois children

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What: The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation recently launched a new community grants program to help Illinois children get access to dental care and education. During a "Grants & Gratitude" event, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will award $74,912 in grants to 10 Illinois organizations to help improve the oral health of children in the state.

At the event, the organizations will be honored for their hard work and dedication to helping underserved Illinois children receive the oral health care they desperately need. The organizations being recognized and supported include (more information about the grants below):

  • Adams County Health Department, Quincy, Ill. - $7,750 to purchase a pediatric X-ray sensor for patients ages 6 and under.
  • The Children's Place Association, Chicago, Ill. - $5,000 to provide dental health services for low-income preschool children, confronted by HIV/AIDS, enrolled in the agency's Early Learning Center.
  • Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola, Ill. - $6,000 to provide education, exams, cleanings and referrals to children in the Amish and Mennonite schools in Douglas and Moultrie Counties.
  • Hancock County Health and Wellness Coalition, Carthage, Ill. - $8,662 to purchase children's dental equipment for the Hancock County Dental Center.
  • Howard Area Community Center, Chicago, Ill. - $10,000 to support outreach and education efforts, as well as deliver screenings and develop treatment plans to children living below the poverty level.
  • Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society – The Children's Clinic, Oak Park, Ill. - $5,000 to support The Children's Clinic's Portable Dentistry Program to provide preventive dental care to 1,000 elementary school students without access to care.
  • Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill. - $7,000 to purchase a pediatric X-ray sensor and other equipment to more effectively serve approximately 255 children who visit the clinic for their oral health needs.
  • Little City Foundation, Palatine, Ill. - $6,500 to purchase sensory materials and equipment necessary for the treatment of children with disabilities.
  • McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic, Woodstock, Ill. - $9,000 to support the Children's Bi-lingual Oral Health Education and Prevention Program, which aims to increase oral health literacy and participation in dental preventive services programs.
  • Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, Inc., Alton, Ill. - $10,000 to provide access to oral health services for more than 1,000 low-income infants, toddlers, preschoolers and expectant parents through child development programs that promote school readiness.

Who: Speakers include Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy & community relations, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation; Bernie Glossy, president and chief executive officer, Delta Dental of Illinois; Dr. Frank Maggio, DDS, chair of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors.

The speakers, along with community grant recipients will be available for interviews and photos.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (The speakers and grant recipients are available for interviews and photos from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Where: Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Headquarters, 111 Shuman Boulevard, Naperville, Illinois

Background: Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the United States, and in Illinois, more than half of third graders have experienced cavities. In October 2012, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation (DDILF), the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois (DDIL), launched a new community grants program to provide funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of children in Illinois.

The Foundation is awarding the program's first set of grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide oral health education and/or access to oral health resources to Illinois children. For more information about the new grants program, please visithttp://www.deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation.

DDILF works to support and improve the oral health of people in Illinois. In the past decade, combined efforts of DDIL and DDILF have provided more than $2 million to programs and organizations that provide oral health education and expand access to oral health care for Illinois residents.

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