Ah, as you’d guess, this was a fun one to film. As a staff member of the Arizona Dental Association, I’ve participated in several of these dental charity events throughout my career. Each year they seem to raise the bar and get more organized. Special thanks to all of the dentists who volunteer their skill and time to help these kids maintain bright, healthy smiles. I can’t forget to thank the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), Mesa, AZ, and the dental students down there—they put on an incredibly fun event. I’ve never seen kids so excited to see a dentist. The creative direction was to put together something together that was upbeat and fun—something that showcased the spectacle/event as a whole rather than just the clinical portion of it.
(See photo below) Congrats to the Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF) for receiving a charitable grant from Phoenix Suns’ Charities In October 2019. ADF submitted this Give Kids a Smile video I filmed at ASDOH, Mesa, AZ. The video submission won them the grant. I am honored the video helped ADF out, but I was hoping to see the Suns’ Gorilla mascot when they dropped off the check. Dang it!
Through the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.