Dental foundation and VCU honor Harvest Foundation

September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

The Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation and the Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry on Tuesday presented The Harvest Foundation with the “Platinum Award for Exceptional Leadership in Improving Oral Health.” 

The Harvest Foundation has committed more than $1 million in grants to the dental health foundation in nine years.

“The Harvest Foundation has supported us from the beginning, and the Community Dental Clinic would not be in existence today without the generosity of The Harvest Foundation,” said Dr. Mark Crabtree, president of the dental health foundation. 

The award was presented jointly by the dental health foundation and the VCU School of Dentistry at the dental foundation’s annual leadership recognition reception at the New College Institute.

The dental foundation also recognized Dr. and Mrs. Mervyn King and Debra Green with Dental Health Hero awards. The Kings are financial supporters of the foundation. Green joined the Community Dental Clinic as coordinator in 2006 and teaches dental assisting and trains interns. 

Both Henry County and the city of Martinsville recognized the Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry and its dean, Dr. David Sarrett, for their commitment to the oral health of the community. Henry County presented a resolution honoring the dental school, and the city gave him a key to the city.

Fourth-year students from the School of Dentistry come to Martinsville to provide dental care to patients at the clinic. They are supervised by the clinic dentist and dentists in the Martinsville community who volunteer their time. Dental students stay in housing provided by the dental foundation with furnishings donated by community businesses. 

Crabtree also recognized the county and city for their financial contributions to the dental foundation.

“Our local governments understand that the foundation is contributing to the oral health of the entire community,” he said. 

“The foundation relies on financial support from the community,” said Dr. Edward Snyder, vice president of the dental health foundation. “Approximately half of our expenses are reimbursed, so we must have continuing support from the Harvest Foundation, governments, businesses and individuals to operate the clinic.” 


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