CHICAGO -- During its 32nd Annual Review of Dentistry held in Sandestin, Fla., the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry generated $25,000 in profits and recently donated all proceeds to the AGD Foundation be used in relief efforts for the members of the dental community affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Many dentists lost their homes, practices and even staff members as office
workers relocated in the face of the storms. They now need equipment and
operatories in which to practice.
To aid in the recovery, the AGD Foundation has now raised more than $66,000, thanks to AGD members, constituents and AGD partners and their efforts.
"As we extend our hopes and prayers to everyone whose lives and livelihoods were touched by this tragedy, the AGD Foundation will continue to collect and direct donations to humanitarian efforts, the affected dental schools, and the ADA Foundation's Charitable Assistance Program (in the AGDF name) to assist dentists with emergency needs," said AGDF President Julie Ann Barna, DMD, MAGD.
Donated funds have gone towards helping dentists such as AGD member Frank Conaway, DMD, FAGD, whose dental office in Bay Saint Louis, Miss. was destroyed. "I am grateful for the assistance that organized dentistry will
provide to help me rebuild my practice," said Conaway.
"Our dental community has truly joined together and their kindness and
generosity has demonstrated the power we have to help others in need," said ALAGD Secretary Gary L. Myers, DMD, MAGD.
How to Request Grant Funds
Dentists affected by the hurricanes can apply to receive funds by connecting
with their Mississippi or Louisiana constituent and submit an application.
Access the grant application online by visiting www.agd.org/foundation or
call 888.AGD.DENT (888.243.3368), ext. 4329.
AGD Dues Waiver for Hurricane Victims
Since many members have been affected by the devastation of Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the AGD is also offering a waiver of 2006 AGD
membership and AGD Constituent dues to members who reside within the
affected counties as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). "A significant number of members have already applied for 2006 dues waivers," said Dr. Barna.
A full or partial waiver will be available to any AGD member in good standing who lives or practices within these affected areas and who has suffered severe financial hardship, including temporary or permanent disability and property damage. For more information, contact the AGD Member Services Center at (888) AGD-DENT (243-3368).
How to Donate Funds to the AGD Foundation
Donations can be made using AGD's secure online form or by downloading a
form to mail or fax. Visit www.agd.org/foundation/hurricane.pdf.