Oral Health America (OHA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving oral health for Americans, raised more than $170,000 through its annual gala dinner and auction on February 22.

The funds will be used to support educational and service programs to improve oral health.

“Eighteen years ago we began the Gala on a hope and $30,000 from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co,” says Robert Klaus, president and CEO of OHA.  “Today, that hope has produced dozens of new sponsors and pushed our net somewhere north of $170,000.  Equally important, that hope translates directly into programs and services that will reach hundreds of thousands of Americans. The OHA Gala is truly a story of hope.” 

The gala, held each year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, is a networking event, which includes dinner, dancing, a cash prize raffle, and a silent auction.

[www.oralhealthamerica.org, March 7, 2007]