On February 12, 2012, more than 70 South Coast residents met at the Bandon Harbortown Event Center to celebrate the success of the Ready to Smile program of The Oregon Community Foundation. Children in Coos and Curry counties receive dental screenings and prevention services through this school-based program launched in 2010 by OCF's South Coast Leadership Council.
Event organizers John Sweet, Elizabeth Day and Dale Thomas acknowledged support from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which donated four rounds of golf for the door prize.
“Through the Ready to Smile program, I have seen the community come together to help kids get the education and treatment they need to have healthy teeth. Parents are so appreciative for the support,” said Sweet.
Ready to Smile has support from The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, the Mildred E. and Harvey S. Mudd Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington and the Coquille Tribal Community Fund. Volunteers help the three-person team of dental professionals work with students at the schools.
Last year, individuals and local organizations — including the Gold Beach, Bandon-by-the-Sea, Myrtle Point, Coquille, Port Orford and Brookings-Harbor Rotary Clubs; Curry Health Foundation; Coos Bay Lions Club and Soroptimist International — made donations to help Ready to Smile receive a $40,000 matching grant from the Mudd Foundation. This year, the Mudd Foundation has offered an additional $30,000 matching grant. The Mudd Foundation will accept in-kind and financial contributions toward the match.
Speakers are available to talk to organizations about the Ready to Smile program. For more information, please contact: