1,100 volunteers from 187 Wisconsin communities to provide $1 million in free dental care at fifth WDA Mission of Mercy

WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 17, 2013 – More than 1,100 volunteers from 187 Wisconsin communities will be in Walworth County on June 28 – 29 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the fifth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.

Cleanings, fillings, extractions, partial dentures and basic oral health and dietary instruction will be provided by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, Marquette University School of Dentistry students and community helpers. Volunteer Spanish, Hmong and American Sign Language translators will also be available.

The doors to Badger High School, 220 E. South St. in Lake Geneva, Wis. will open at 5:30 a.m. both days. Early arrival is encouraged, because available patient slots are typically filled by 8 a.m.

Some 1,000 patients will be seen each day on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments.

Individuals of all ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is no photo identification, Social Security number or other personal documentation required. However, medically-compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure or severe disabilities may prohibit an individual from receiving care.

For the third year, 50 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes will be among WDA Mission of Mercy patients. The WDA is the only state dental association nationwide providing care to Special Olympics athletes at its MOM events.

Major financial and in-kind support is provided by Delta Dental of Wisconsin Charitable Fund, Henry Schein Dental, Walmart Foundation and Walworth County. Delta Dental and Henry Schein have supported all five WDA MOM programs.

More than 60 organizations and individuals have made tax-deductible financial and in-kind donations to help cover $190,000 in costs for equipment and facility rental, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food for this major charitable dental care event which includes one day each for setup and cleanup.

WDA dentists and other MOM volunteers donate $6 – $8 in care for every dollar received. More than 9,000 children and adults have received $4.6 million in care at WDA Missions of Mercy since 2009.