Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures unveils mobile dental van to benefit Florida children
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures oral health education program held on Wednesday a special event at the Fienberg Fisher School in Miami Beach to dedicate one of its mobile dental vans to provide free dental screenings, oral health education and treatment referrals to children in need throughout Florida.
Against a backdrop of music and costumed characters, more than 400 elementary school students joined former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor to celebrate the unveiling of Colgate’s mobile dental van for the state of Florida. As part of the festivities, students on site received free dental screenings aboard the van and participated in a mass “brush-a-thon” led by Taylor. Mayor Matti Herrera Bower also was in attendance alongside civic leaders, members of the dental profession and the Fienberg Fisher cheering squad to help promote healthy habits among the children.
“For more than 20 years, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has focused on improving children’s oral health across the country,” said Marsha Butler, VP of global oral care and professional relations for Colgate-Palmolive. “With staggering cavity rates and increased school absences, we recognized Florida as an area where we could make a big difference. With support from our professional and community partners, we are confident that we can provide a valuable service in Florida by providing free education materials and dental screenings to children in need.”
Dental care is the single greatest unmet need for health services among U.S. children. According to the Pew Charitable Trust 2011 report, “The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter,” the state of Florida performed the worst with regard to ensuring low-income children’s access to care; receiving a grade of “F” for the second consecutive year.
Colgate’s fleet of mobile dental vans visits more than 1,000 towns each year in the United States, reaching more than 10 million children with oral health education and dental screenings.
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Alliance Boots opens store No. 200 in Thailand
LONDON — Alliance Boots has continued to expand its presence in the global marketplace by opening its 200th store in Thailand.
The international pharmacy-led health and beauty group said the store — which was inaugurated by executive chairman Stefano Pessina, pharmaceutical wholesale division CEO Ornella Barra and health and beauty division CEO Alex Gourlay on Tuesday — is located in central Bangkok. Alliance Boots opened its first Boots store in Thailand in 1997, the company said.
"We are proud that Boots Thailand has become one of the largest health and beauty pharmacy chains in the country," Pessina said. "This opening is an excellent illustration of our ambition to make Boots a global brand and Alliance Boots a significant player in Asia. I am convinced that the group’s presence and achievements in Thailand will be a great asset for our further expansion in the region."
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ECRM announces construction of Charlie Bowlus Technology and Innovation Center
SOLON, Ohio — ECRM announced that a state-of-the-art center will be built in honor of its late leader Charlie Bowlus.
The Charlie Bowlus Technology and Innovation Center, which currently is under construction, is being built in a public charter school in Cleveland and is set to open this fall in the Cleveland Public School District, ECRM president Mitch Bowlus said, who will fund 100% of the costs for this center.
Charlie Bowlus, who passed away last August at the age of 64, had a great passion for technology and innovation, but his passion was that much greater for helping others, Mitch Bowlus said. "This donation on behalf of my father will enable these kids, year after year, to have access to technology that would otherwise be unavailable to them," he said. "Undoubtedly, some of these kids will discover skills and develop a passion for technology and innovation that will forever change their lives in a positive way, a result I am convinced would make my dad most proud."
Visitors to the center will find a photograph of Charlie Bowlus, as well as a biography of his life on display as they enter the facility. The center also will be open after hours and weekends to allow parents, as well as others in the community, to utilize the resources to ultimately better their own lives, ECRM said.
"I feel that I have partnered with the ideal charter organization and school for the first center named after my father," Bowlus said. "An aspect of this particular school that really appealed to me was the emphasis on entrepreneurship — all kids must take classes in this area which is unique from all of the opportunities I considered."
For more information on how you can help, contact Mitch Bowlus at [email protected].
So Awesome Mitch! Your Father is so proud of you! DeeDee