MELVILLE, New York--The Virginia Dental Association has honored Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein, with the organization's first Corporate Partner Award at the 2011 American Dental Association Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nev. The Virginia Dental Association, a professional association representing nearly 3,000 dental professionals throughout the state of Virginia, presented the award in honor of the organization's decade-long partnership with Henry Schein Cares in providing free oral health care to underserved communities through the Mission of Mercy program.In accepting the Virginia Dental Association's Corporate Partner Award, Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and chief executive officer of Henry Schein, Inc. said, "It is a humbling distinction for Henry Schein Cares to be recognized by the members of the Virginia Dental Association as the very first Corporate Partner Award winner. We are proud of the fruitful collaboration that we have enjoyed with the Virginia Dental Association over the years to advance access to care, education, and prevention across the state, and we look forward to many more years of working together to help the dentists of Virginia provide the best possible care for their patients and to advance many worthy community-based oral health care programs."Henry Schein program helps sustain support for cancer awarenessIn the past decade, Henry Schein Cares has donated oral health care products and equipment to the Virginia Dental Association's Mission of Mercy program valued at more than $250,000. Since the program began 12 years ago, the Virginia Dental Association's Mission of Mercy program has provided free oral health care to more than 41,000 patients in underserved communities and mobilized the energies of more than 12,500 volunteers across the state."We simply could not have left our mark on the underserved communities of Virginia without the support of Henry Schein Cares," said Terry D. Dickinson, DDS, executive director, Virginia Dental Association. "Henry Schein has so ably demonstrated that 'doing good' is always part of being successful and 'doing well' as a company. I commend Mr. Bergman and Henry Schein for setting the bar for others to emulate and follow."For more information, go to www.vadental.org. To comment on this topic, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.