GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 17, 2017) — Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, proudly announces a $1 million gift to the St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic helping to ensure both preventive and emergency oral health care for underserved children and adults for the next 10 years. The historic gift, presented this morning at the annual St. Vincent de Paul Community Fundraising breakfast, exemplifies Delta Dental of Arizona’s mission to improve the lives of Arizonans by promoting optimal oral health.
“We trust, and know, St. Vincent de Paul will execute our vision to provide improved oral health for Arizonans and are pleased to be able to participate in the delivery of additional quality dental care to more patients in need,” said Delta Dental of Arizona President and CEO Allan Allford. “A gift of this magnitude is unprecedented in our 45-year history – it’s a first for us and the right thing for us to do.”
Last year, SVdP embarked on a capital campaign to double the size of the dental clinic to better serve the needs of their clients. By 2019, the dental clinic will expand to 18 chairs and provide dental services to over 10,000 patients a year. The $1 million gift will be used to help sustain the operations of the dental clinic through 2027, and the clinic will be renamed the Delta Dental Oral Health Center.
“Thanks to the generosity of Delta Dental of Arizona, St. Vincent de Paul will be able to continue to deliver state-of-the-art care at our dental clinic to Arizonans who have nowhere else to turn for help,” said St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Steve Zabilski. “This donation is much more than just helping fix our patient’s smile; it’s life-changing as they can now attend school or work pain-free and we see their self-esteem soar making the difference between them landing a new job or promotion.”
About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Arizona, the dental benefits company. Its mission is to improve oral health, particularly for underserved and uninsured groups and communities. Since 2006, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has provided more than $11 million in community benefit support for oral health promotion and dental disease prevention programs across the state. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.
About St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have no where else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion. SVdP has been serving our community throughout central and northern Arizona since 1946. Programs include: services for the homeless; medical and dental care for the working poor; charity dining rooms that serve thousands each day; food boxes for hungry families; thrift stores throughout the region; a bridge housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net