Contact: Maureen Romito
Tel: (702) 285-4838
E-mail: Maureen.Romito(at)impact-lv.org
Web Site: www.impact-lv.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--


IMPACT LAS VEGAS AWARDS $24,000 GRANT TO FUTURE SMILES

- Women’s Collective Giving Group Funds Save Our Smiles program in the Las Vegas Valley -


LAS VEGAS, NV –June 5, 2017 – The members of Impact Las Vegas, a nonprofit women’s collective giving organization in its fourth grant year, voted on Saturday, June 3 to award their $24,0000 grant to Future Smiles.

The grant will fund Save Our Smiles (S.O.S). The goal of S.O.S is to provide all children in need at three high-risk elementary schools with dental sealants and ensure they never have to struggle with unnecessary dental pain.

Future Smiles will provide comprehensive baseline and follow up visits for each child that receives a dental sealant at three elementary schools in the Las Vegas Valley: Hollingsworth, Martinez and Tate. 100% of the funding for the project S.O.S. will be used for the provision and application of dental sealants. An oral health screening will first be conducted to assess the child’s dental health, and then sealants will be placed on available first molars (up to four). Children will receive follow-up visits to reevaluate oral health and sealant integrity. Funding from Impact Las Vegas also integrates a substantial measure of child-level impact into this project, producing annual and final reports for the further development of this program. This critical report is the first of its kind.

According to Founder and President Maureen Romito, the 2017 grant award of $24,000 represents the combined giving from 24 Impact Las Vegas Members. “In our collective giving model, “ she explained, “each woman’s individual membership donation is pooled so that we can make a bigger difference and have a more significant impact with our charitable giving than any of us could do alone.”

In February 2017, Impact Las Vegas received grant letters of inquiry from 86 Southern Nevada nonprofits. Members then narrowed the field to 15 organizations that submitted full grant applications at the end of March. In April, member volunteers scored and evaluated these applications, choosing four top semi-finalists. Site visits were then conducted in May.

Two Finalists were invited to make short presentations to all of the members at the Impact Las Vegas Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 3. Each member then voted to choose the organization's fourth-ever grant recipient.

“It was an incredibly difficult decision for our 24 Members, said Ms. Romito. “But when the Impact Las Vegas' grant was announced each of us witnessed, first-hand, the power of women connecting, giving as one.”

“Future Smiles is deeply honored to be the 2017 Impact Las Vegas recipient selected from an amazing collective group of Las Vegas nonprofits that have been highly vetted by the women’s organization.” Said Terri Chandler, Future Smiles Founder, at the celebration on Saturday. “Our Save Our Smiles school-based oral health program will provide direct access to dental hygiene services for more than 750 students from three Title I elementary schools in Las Vegas. This award is an incredible privilege and a confirmation that investing in children’s oral health is important in our community. Through their gift, Impact Las Vegas will provide students with a lifetime of good oral health because a healthy and happy smile matters to these compassionate women!”


If you’d like more information about Impact Las Vegas and this topic, or to schedule an interview with Maureen Romito and a representative from Future Smiles, please call (702) 285-4838 or e-mail Maureen.Romito(at)impact-lv.org

About Impact Las Vegas:

Impact Las Vegas consists of women who donate $1,000 each year by December 31st. 100% of these membership donations is pooled and given out as an annual grant to a Southern Nevada nonprofit organization in one of five focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family, or Health & Wellness. For more information on Impact Las Vegas or to become a member, please visit the website at www.impact-lv.org. Or send an e-mail to info(at)impact-lv.org.

About Future Smiles:

Future Smiles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides vital oral health care, to vulnerable children, decreasing the incidence of oral disease.Founded in 2009, Future Smiles is determined to end oral pain and suffering among Nevada’s neediest children by partnering with the community to deliver essential preventative and educational services.Future Smiles operates six permanent locations called EPODs (School-Based Health Center for Education and Prevention of Oral Disease) providing no cost or low cost oral health care to at-risk children (uninsured and Medicaid/CHIP). In addition, Future Smiles has a specialized mobile team that operates mobile school-based dental services for 1 to 2 weeks at a total of 36 schools in Southern Nevada. For more information on Future Smiles, please visit their website at http://www.futuresmiles.net/


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