Fish for Teeth is continuing its mission to provide dental care for Islanders who cannot otherwise afford it. The most recent September 8th clinic provided dental care for 17 island neighbors, with roughly $6000.00 worth of dental services performed. To date, in 2012, between 3 clinics on San Juan Island and 1 on Lopez, nearly $50,000 in dental services has been provided. Not bad for our 1st year and Lopez Island has one more clinic scheduled for November 30 and December 1st.
This special thank-you goes to all who’ve graciously given of themselves to make this happen. This is an entirely volunteer effort that could not be possible without the generous contributions from individuals, local businesses and organizations. No one, not the dentists, the hygienists, the dental assistants, the clinic support individuals, or those that work so hard on the taco sales, are paid. This past dental clinic was staffed by Dr. Michelle Reynolds, Jill Akins, Dr. Mike Horn, Erin Quinn, and Tami Doenges. As always a special thanks to Dr. Horn for coordinating the dental volunteers.
Until this past summer, the clinics have been funded entirely by individual donations and our fish taco sales. Within the past three months, the Rotary Club donated $3,750.00 a portion of their proceeds from their Concours d’Elegance event in August; the American Legion Auxiliary donated $1,000 and the Soroptimists club donated $300, with at least that much coming from additional contributions from individual members. We can’t thank them enough; their donations will go a long way in providing much needed dental care.
The application intake sources are San Juan County Public Health Department, San Juan and Lopez Family Resource Centers. Mullis Center provided the space for the dental clinic. Thanks so much for what you do, over and over. The Clinic Coordinator was Margaret Johnson, with help from Nancy Best, Kathy Hagn, and Liz Pillow.
Wells Fargo Bank provided the venue to sell our tacos. Ace Hardware proved invaluable with gracious assistance in a number of ways. Cynthia Burke offered use of her commercial kitchen for the preparation of the fish taco ingredients and ordered some of the ingredients. Paul Hopkins donated the use of table, chairs, and pop-up tents. Molly Finch donated water. Matt’s Fresh Fish donated the Alaskan rockfish used in the tacos and Pablito’s Taqueria offered his super-delicious salsa at cost. Steve Feinstein, owner of Mullis Street Storage, recently donated storage space to us in order that we can more easily store and transport the equipment we use for the taco sale. Jeannine Earnhart was instrumental in designing our new brochure so that we can better describe ourselves to patrons and potential donors. Jeannine also designed and updates our posters. Thank you, Jeannine and also thank you to Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp, who donates the printing of the posters. Of course, thank you to the Fish For Teeth Taco Team who brought it all home, netting $2000.00, enough to pay for our brochures, signs and fund another clinic. Way to go!
What a wonderful community we live in! What an amazing community effort we’re involved with. Thank you so much for being a part in something so much bigger than ourselves!
“Taco Team” members:?Linda Degnan-Cobos, Laurie Duncan, Jean Griffin, Kerwin Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Gabriel Conway, Sharon Lannan, Matt Marinkovich, Maureen Marinkovich, Pauline Mulligan, Chad Peterman, Aimee Urata.
Fish For Teeth Board:?Matt and Maureen Marinkovich, Dr. Michael Horn, Margaret Johnson, Aimee Urata, Mark Anderson and Tami Doenges.