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Elkhorn, WI – “A Million Dreams” were realized when Open Arms Free Clinic exceeded their goal of raising $50,000 private donations towards the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation Challenge Grant. The event funds were targeted to expand dental services in Walworth County with a purchase of the dental building (former home of Family Dental Arts) adjacent to their current location.

The 7th Annual Birthday Gala event was held on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where a record number of guests bid on over 50 silent auction items, had the opportunity to participate in a cork pull, gift box raffle, paddle raise, and ended the evening with lively dancing to TVK Orchestra. The annual event held on the First Friday of December celebrates the anniversary of treating its first patient on December 6, 2012.

With the purchase of the 6- chair dental clinic, Open Arms will be able to expand the number of patients, expand its qualifying criteria, and have a platform to host qualified dental students pursuing a career in public health dentistry.

“The need for dental services for the poor was realized in 2013 when Lake Geneva hosted over 2,000 county residents receiving free dental care during the Mission of Mercy event sponsored by the Wisconsin Dental Society,” shared Dr. Robert Dillman, Open Arms Dental Director and Event Chair, along with his wife Tina.  Executive Director, Sara Nichols stated, “Ever since Open Arms started dental services in 2015, we knew there were over 30,000 Walworth County residents in need to access dental services. It’s been our dream to gain community support to help us solve this big problem and help our neighbors in need.” Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC) is the only dental provider in Walworth County that serves people who are low-income, uninsured, and also special populations who have Medicaid insurance.

With over 700 witnesses and community supporters present at the 7th Annual Birthday Gala, Open Arms will be able to move forward on its goals to meet the community needs.  OAFC is a volunteer-driven, donor-supported, community-based non-profit 501C3 organization, with a mission to better understand and serve with compassion the health and wellness needs of the low-income and uninsured residents of Walworth County. For those without the ability to pay, Open Arms Free Clinic is the only clinic of its kind in Walworth County, exclusively dedicated to providing both primary care to all of its patients, as well as supportive care to those with chronic disease. Since treating its first patient in December 2012, there have been close to 3,000 patients served at OAFC with primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab and pharmaceutical assistance.

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