KIND Featured in Oral Health America Newsletter

Originally published in A Smiles Across America Newsletter by Oral Health America. Vol. 2 | March 2017


Behind the Smiles is Oral Health America’s brand new, bi-monthly eNewsletter that provides an insider look at our program, Smiles Across America®. Here you will find stories and highlights from our partners, and information about upcoming events and webinars as well as children’s oral health resources. It’s all the work we do, wrapped up and presented to you, our most valued partners.


Going to a dental office for the first time can be scary. But what about going to your school and walking in to see a dental office in your gym, hallway or cafeteria? That is an experience that many first and second graders have every week during the school year throughout Denver.

Kids In Need of Dentistry’s (KIND) Chopper Topper Program has been providing oral health education, dental screenings and sealants in elementary schools for the past 19 years. In 1998, Chopper Topper visited its first school, Cheltenham Elementary, part of the Denver Public School District. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the program will have visited 97 elementary schools in 10 school districts in the Denver Metro Area. Run by three dental hygienists who work in different elementary schools each week, Chopper Topper is the largest school-based sealant program in Colorado.

In 2010, KIND received funding from Oral Health America to help expand its program. Each year KIND works to expand the program to reach even more students, with incentives for grades with 90%+ participation.

Many of the kids seen through the Chopper Topper program have never been to a dentist, but once the kids meet the hygienists and learn what is going to happen, their fear is replaced with inquiry and excitement. They love coming in to see the equipment and learn about dental care and why sealants are so important. The dental hygienists work hard to make the experience pleasant, and students walk away knowing that good dental care is fun.

Damian is a perfect example. He had never been to a dentist and was terrified when the hygienist came to get him to take him down for his exam. He started to cry and wouldn’t leave his desk. The next day, the hygienist came to see if Damian wanted to try it and he said, “I’m too scared. I don’t think I can do it.” His best friend Kaleb, who had already gotten his sealant done, said that he would go with him. Kaleb told Damian, “It is so cool! You get a goodie bag and everything.” And he added, “It’s good because you get yummy vitamins at the end to keep your teeth healthy.” With this encouragement, Damian got up and went with Kaleb at his side and received sealant on his teeth. Damian was so proud of himself and left with a huge smile.

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KIND Receives $10,000 through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund


Kids In Need of Dentistry recently received a $10,000 grant through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support the Chopper Topper Program.

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KIND to Provide Dental Screenings at Preschool Event

KIND staff will be providing dental screenings at this Preschool event. It’s all happening at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, on Saturday, January 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Miracle on 34th Avenue Event

Great fun at the Miracle on 34th Avenue event!  This fundraiser for KIND’s new dental clinic at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being.  Thank you to the Mental Health Center of Denver for hosting this festive evening!  DSC_6857DSC_6847DSC_6863DSC_6889DSC_6914DSC_6943DSC_6954DSC_6965DSC_6968DSC_6996DSC_7013DSC_7075DSC_7082DSC_7102DSC_7157DSC_7155DSC_7183

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Colorado Gives Day – December 6

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Kids In Need of Dentistry is one of the featured charities participating in Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 6.  During this 24 hour period donations will be accepted through with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting hundreds of local nonprofits.  FirstBank has set up a $1,000,000 incentive fund to enhance those donations proportionately on Colorado Gives Day.  As of Nov. 1 you can pre-schedule your donation to be automatically completed on December 6.

Go to: to schedule your donation.




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The Expressions of KINDness Gala Was a Great Success!


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Thank you to all who attended and supported our Expressions of KINDness Gala this year.  The evening was a fun array of western glitz and glamour and the band kept us swinging until the bells tolled.  The generous support of our sponsors, our honorees, and our attendees will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our kids and our programs.

A sincere thank you to our Event and Table Sponsors

  • UMB
  • Henry Schein Dental
  • KIDS DDS, Dr. Jennifer Thompson
  • Patterson Dental
  • Commerce Bank
  • DCI Edge

Round-Up (Table) Sponsors

  • Larry Chatterley
  • DBC Digital Marketing
  • Eric Swick
  • Smile Generation
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Messner Reeves, LLP
  • Caitlyn Fagan
  • Dr. Les Maes
  • Colorado Dental Association Foundation

Yee Haw Sponsorship

  • Fidelity National Title Company, Lou Italiano
  • Anonymous

Rhinestone Cowboy Sponsorship

  • Carr Healthcare Realty

Stetson Sponsorship

  • Boulder Dental Arts, Dr. Jeffrey Patrician
  • KidsMileHigh Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Paddy Smithwick
  • Kids Focus Dentistry, Dr. Trang Ngo
  • Steve Fajardo, CoreFirst
  • Peebles Prosthetics
  • Sleep Treatment Solutions, Peter Fatianow
  • Mettler Marketing, Linda Mettler
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Expressions of KINDness Gala

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Join us for an evening of celebration dedicated to honoring individuals who have supported KIND and our mission through volunteerism, providing services, financial support and partnerships.  It will be a special evening to recognize families who have benefited from our services in the communities in which we serve.

Friday, September 16, 2016

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Studio Loft

908 14th Street

Denver, CO

For ticket and sponsorship information go to:

Enter Code:  EOK2016

The Attire:  Western Glitz and Glamour

The Band:  Narrow Gauge


Mental Health Center of Denver

Dr. Nelle Barr, DDS

Dr. Sean Whalen, DDS

Randy and Alexa Kowalczyk

For more information:  Julie Collett, 303-733-3710 x 111 or


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The 29th Annual Strokes of KINDness – A Great Success!

140 participants enjoyed a pristine morning on the course for the 29th annual Strokes of KINDness Golf Tournament, on Monday, June 20, 2016. A sunny and beautiful summer day at Bear Dance Golf Course in Larkspur was the perfect setting for the annual charity tournament which helps raise funds for Kids In Need of Dentistry.  Thank you to all our sponsors and our loyal golfers who support this event and KIND’s programs.1st Place 19th Hole Bear Hole Candid3 Julie Greg Eric Kerrie Ellie Put 1 Reg1

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Thank You to our VIP Event Sponsors!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who made our event a great success!

Platinum – Denta Quest
Gold – UMB
Silver – Dr. Jennifer Thompson
Silent Auction/Mobile Bidding – Commerce Bank
Parking – CTC Associates/Larry Chatterley
Wine Toss – Henry Schein/Rudy Wolf
Centerpieces – PAC/WEST
Entertainment – Patterson Companies/Feather Moon
Wine Sponsor – Chambers Liquor/Lee Earnhart

VIP Sponsor – Eric Swick



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Expressions of KINDness GALA 2015


Join us for a special event to honor the many individuals, sponsors, corporations and volunteers who support Kids In Need of Dentistry.  It will be an evening of scrumptious food, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment, all benefiting Kids In Need of Dentistry.

Tickets $100
Friday, September 18th | 6:30 pm
University of Denver – Joy Burns Center
2044 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80208
Attire: Evening Cocktail

Corporate and Table
Sponsorships Available
To purchase tickets or sponsorships:
code: EOK918