Patterson Dental and the Patterson Foundation have been honored with awards for significant contributions to Donated Dental Services, a program of Dental Lifeline Network. Patterson Companies President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Anderson and Patterson Dental President Paul Guggenheim accepted the awards at a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of DDS during the 2010 American Dental Association Annual Session in Orlando, Fla.Guggenheim said, “We are humbled to be a longtime supporter of this organization and of the dentists whose heroic acts make such a great impact on people in need.”Dental Lifeline Network, formerly known as the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, is a charitable affiliate of the ADA. Presenting the awards were Founder and Chief Executive Officer Larry Coffee and President Fred Leviton. Through DDS and other programs, the organization provides comprehensive dental care to people who are disabled, elderly, or medically at-risk. It has a nationwide volunteer network of 15,000 dentists and 3,000 laboratories. “Without the outstanding support of Patterson Dental and the Patterson Foundation, DDS could never have reached today’s milestone of providing dental therapies valued at $181 million to 100,000 people in 50 states,” Leviton noted. “Year after year, Patterson has aggressively supported and funded our national DDS program and helped us build new state programs. Patterson has been the leading supporter of DentaCheques--our major source of funds. Serving as a major DDS ally, the company has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on its own and by marshalling support from others in the dental industry. In addition to its national support, many Patterson managers participate in the leadership of their state affiliate programs. We are profoundly grateful to Patterson for its partnership.”In addition to serving individuals who are disabled or elderly, Dental Lifeline Network has seen a rapidly increasing need for dental services among people who are medically at-risk. “Patterson’s contributions provide the resources to help address an increasing need for dental care among vulnerable people with medical conditions and dental disease,” Coffee said.Visit www.pattersondental.com and www.pattersonfoundation.net for more information.To read more about Patterson Dental, go to Patterson Dental.To comment on this topic, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.