VINA Community Dental Center has announced the dates for its three major community events/fundraisers for 2019.
VINA will hold its annual Spring Gala at Lakeland’s Golf & Country Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. The eve. Saturday, March 23, at Lakeland Golf & Country Club. The evening will include dinner, live music, dancing, some special raffles, prizes, and more. Tickets will be available online shortly through the VINA website.
Monday, June 24, is the date of the annual VINA Golf Classic. This event will be held at the beautiful and challenging private Lakeland Golf and Country Club. Shotgun start is set for 10 a.m., and the event concludes with dinner and awards.
Finally, the 11th annual UM/MSU Tailgate Party will be held at Crystal Gardens on Thursday, Nov. 14. This annual battle between the Green and White and the Maize and Blue will have some new and exciting games, prizes, raffle items, and celebrity guests.
VINA’s mission is to provide quality, affordable dental care to Livingston County residents with limited finances and little to no access to dental care while upholding the professional standards of dentistry in a concerned and compassionate way.
VINA, which stands for Vision, Integrity, Need, Action, serves as a “dental home” to over 2,000 people in our community. By providing dental education materials, oral cancer screenings, and promoting balanced nutrition and healthy food selections, VINA can impact patients’ oral health and in turn, their overall systemic health.
Many of the patients seen at VINA have not had dental care in 10, 20, even 30 years, have suffered repeated infections, and/or have had to deal with the incredible pain of a toothache because they cannot afford the cost of routine dental care.
VINA accepts 15-20 new patients per month. Professional volunteers provide nearly half of the 150-200 one-hour dental appointments each month. VINA currently employs part-time dentists and dental assistants to augment the volunteers. VINA patients pay an affordable, nominal fee per appointment, which covers a portion of the clinic’s operating expenses. VINA also refers patients to dental specialists in the community, who provide treatment at no additional charge to these patients.
VINA is supported through fundraising events, contributions from the community and limited local grants.