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Connecticut State Dental Association

CT State Dental Foundation

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The Connecticut State Dental Foundation (CSDF) was officially incorporated on September 1, 1991 under the guidance and direction of Dr. A. Howard McLaughlin. The CSDF provides charitable assistance for the dental community and works to improve oral health by assisting students through scholarships, supportive activities which increase access to care and subsidizing research and educational program. Twenty-five years later, the CSDF is still carrying out the mission formulated by Dr. McLaughlin and colleagues of the CSDA. The endeavors of the CSDF are possible through the leadership and generosity of many individuals and corporations who have supported the Foundation over the years. We invite you to consider becoming a valued partner to improve the oral health of the many constituencies we serve through our scholarship and grant programs


Mission Statement

To improve the oral health of the people of Connecticut and to foster and support greater access to care for all.

Vision Statement

To support oral health trough education, research and community outreach.

Objectives

  • To provide financial assistance to students of dentistry.
  • To communities needing relief due to disaster or hardship.
  • To dental students’ mission trips.
  • To support dental research.
  • To foster access to care.


2019-2020
Board of Trustees

Dr. Donna Balaski, President
Dr. Maria Smith, Vice President
Dr. Thomas M. Ohlson, Secretary
Ms. Marcia Phelan Johnson, Treasurer
Dr. Bruce Cha
Dr. Laura Gagnon
Dr. Tina Liang
Dr. William MacDonnell
Dr. Joseph A. Picone

For more information, contact:
Karen Wright
(860) 378-1800
kwright@csda.com

 

How to Donate

The endeavors of the Connecticut State Dental Foundation (CSDF) are possible through the leadership and generosity of many individuals and corporations who have supported the Foundation over the years. We invite you to consider becoming a valued partner to improve the oral health of the many constituencies we serve through our scholarship and grant programs.

Your tax deductible donation to the CSDF allows the Foundation to continue to fulfill our mission of educational, scientific and patient care activities.

Your tax deductible donation will contribute to helping the Foundation to achieve our fundraising goals. Each selfless donation contributes to the ability of the CSDF to continue its legacy well into the future and is received with our deepest gratitude. We have chosen not to accept online donations at this time. Checks can be made payable to The Connecticut State Dental Foundation and mailed to:

Connecticut State Dental Foundation
Attn: Karen Wright
835 West Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489 

Dental Scholarships

The deadline to receive all scholarship application requests is no later than August 31st. Any requests for scholarships received after the deadline will be considered in the following year.

Charles A. Vernale Award
Connecticut State Dental Association


Thank you for your interest in the Charles A. Vernale Scholarship Award. This scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Charles A. Vernale, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who resided and practiced in Waterbury, Connecticut and died in 1971.

Dr. Vernale was a life-long resident of Waterbury. He was graduated from Fairfield University and the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in Washington, D.C. He served in the Army and upon completion of his tour of duty he returned to Waterbury to begin a practice in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1958.

As Dr. Vernale's practice grew, he believed that children should be taught good oral health practices. Dr. Vernale initiated several research studies in school-based programs based on his concerns for the health and well being of children.

Not only was Dr. Vernale active in children's health, he was also interested in the health and well being of adults. Dr. Vernale was a Diplomat to the American Board of Oral Surgery. He served as an officer in the Waterbury Dental Society and in 1971 was elected President of the Connecticut State Dental Association. He was a commissioner of the Waterbury Board of Health for many years. Dr. Vernale was respected as one of Connecticut's most talented and oral surgeons of his era.

This scholarship was endowed by his colleagues in the dental profession, and is a tribute to his life and work. It is awarded and managed by the Connecticut State Dental Foundation.

Click here for the scholarship application.



The General Fund

The General Fund is the single source for supporting all scholarship and grant applications received by the Foundation in addition to any incurred operating expenses. The General Fund balance reflects the Foundation's true ability to expend dollars to fulfill our mission. Unless members designate otherwise, all contributions to the Foundation are deposited in the General Fund.


The Nathan Marcus Fund for Continuing Education

This fund can only be used to pay for continuing education programs. Dr. Nathan Marcus was a dentist who resided in Vernon, Connecticut. He was passionate and active in the local, state and national levels of many dental organizations and was dedicated to furthering the profession of dental medicine. Having obtained his degree as a career change, he enthusiastically embraced the profession.

Dr. Marcus was a past president of the Connecticut Academy of General Dentistry as well as the regional vice president and a national director of the Academy of General Dentistry. He was a proud member of the board of directors of the Lewis Fox Division of Continuing Education at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Marcus was well known in Connecticut as he also was a member of the Connecticut State and American Dental Associations, the Tolland County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, Friends of the Connecticut University School of Dental Medicine and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.

To honor his lifelong work and dedication to improving the field of dentistry, the Connecticut State Dental Association established a fund to acknowledge his work and memory. The fund is overseen by the Connecticut State Dental Foundation. The sole purpose of this fund is to support continuing education programs in the field of dental medicine.

If you would like your donation to be applied to the Nathan Marcus Fund, please designate your preference on the memo section of your check.

If you wish to apply for the Nathan Marcus Fund, please contact Karen Wright at (860) 378-1800 or kwright@csda.com.

R.E.N.D.E.R. Fund

This fund was established for the collection and the subsequent distribution of donated dental equipment to be used for providing care to the underserved by nonprofits in and out of the United States. For further information on how to donate equipment to this cause, please contact Karen Wright at (860) 378-1800 or kwright@csda.com.

Patrick Lynch Fund

This fund was established by Dr. David Lynch and family in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Lynch's cherished son, Patrick Lynch. The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to low - income and/or disabled individuals with their dental and general health care needs. Applicants are required to reside in the area served by the Greater Danbury Dental Society.

The Greater Danbury Dental Society serves the towns and cities of:

Bethel
Bridgewater
Brookfield
Danbury
Georgetown
New Fairfield
New Milford
Newtown 
Redding
Ridgefield
Roxbury
Sherman

If you would like your donation to be applied to the Patrick Lynch Fund, please designate your preference on the memo section of your check.

If you wish to apply for the Patrick Lynch Fund, please contact Karen Wright at (860) 378-1800 or kwright@csda.com.


The Relief Fund

This fund was established in order to provide financial assistance to dental professionals who have been affected by an accidents, natural disasters, a medical condition, disability or because of advanced age, are unable to meet basic expenses.   

Dentists, their dependents, and former dependents of deceased dentists are eligible to apply for financial aid from the Foundation if an accidental injury, advanced age, physically debilitating illness, medically-related condition or a natural disaster prevents them from gainful employment and results in an inability to be wholly self-sustaining.

If you would like your donation to be applied to the Relief Fund, please designate your preference on the memo section of your check.

If you wish to apply for the Relief Fund, please contact Karen Wright at (860) 378-1800 or kwright@csda.com