Welcome to the latest update for Alaska Mission of Mercy. Things are moving rapidly with 100% of the lead positions filled with a team of 39 dentists, hygienists and highly skilled community volunteers. The Dena’ina hosted a meeting for us to discuss facility layout, patient flow, organizational set up/tear down and safety. Our facility lead, Mike Redmond, did a great job helping people visualize his plan for the clinic floor. Our guest, Jill Murphy from the America’s Dentists Care Foundation (ADCF), brought insight and experience and answered committee member’s questions. She will also be on site at our two-day event on April 11 & 12, 2014 to lend further support. ADCF is the organization we are renting the portable dental equipment from and, Jill, as their Event Planner, has attended many events in other states. Jill was only here for two days, but we did our best to spoil her, as Julie and I took her on a flight around Knik Glacier and Lake George, then over to Girdwood for her morning tram ride. To show how Alaska treats its guests, we wanted to try and set the bar pretty high. I’m happy to say she said no other state has come close and was impressed with our organization, fundraising success and overall commitment to the project! We would like to give a shout out to two other organizations that have offered invaluable help, the Oregon Dental Association and Oregon Dental Services.
Our highly skilled fundraising team has raised over $75,000 and is quickly closing the gap to our meet our $200,000 budget. Carol Bulter and Vivienne Murray, Dr. John Murray’s wife, are on full-throttle to finish this task. Carol and Vivienne brought in a team to create a successful, engaging marketing plan that targets multiple audiences. SprocketHeads is donating their talent to create three PSA’s; fliers with event details will be delivered to dental offices, and a hugely successful Facebook campaign received over 5,500 hits in three weeks. We’re capturing our community’s attention!
79 volunteers are registered including several dentists from out of state. We need 1100 more! Kudos to Dr. Murray and Dr. Schlansker for getting 100% of their staff to volunteer!
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David Nielson DDS Julie Robinson DDS Barbara Luiten
AKMOM Co-Chair AKMOM Co-Chair AKMOM Community Chair