Star Group is the Dental Refiner of Choice for the Sacramento District Dental Society Foundation and the California Dental Association Foundation

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Money raised from California dentists participating in Crowns for Kids® Program helps support oral health projects for underserved children. Star Group was selected as the exclusive precious metal refiner for the donated gold crowns and fillings to be converted into cash.

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Money raised from donations of gold fillings and crowns helps support oral health projects for underserved children that focus on preventive care, consumer education, restorative care and fluoridation.

Star Group, the premier dental and jewelry refiner in the United States and across Europe, is today announcing a partnership with the Sacramento District Dental Society Foundation (SDDS Foundation) and the California Dental Association Foundation (CDAF) to be the exclusive partner in the Crowns for Kids® program.
To date, the proceeds of this cutting-edge program have enabled the organizations to fund a wide variety of oral health projects, including community clinics, mobile dental programs, and education strategically selected to improve the oral health of all Californians.
Crowns for Kids® offers dentists the opportunity to support philanthropic efforts in their communities by participating in the SDDS Foundation's Smiles for Kids local program and the CDA Foundation's statewide program. Money raised from donations of gold fillings and crowns helps support oral health projects for underserved children that focus on preventive care, consumer education, restorative care and fluoridation.
PROGRAM BASICS:
Star Group provides each dentist with a specially-labeled jar to collect extracted and donated gold fillings and crowns from patients.
Star Group makes regular collection visits to each participating dentist to pick up jars and drop off new ones.
Star Group processes reclamation of donated fillings and crowns and sends the cash value of the dentist's donations directly to the SDDS Foundation and the CDA Foundation.
The SDDS Foundation and the CDA Foundation use those funds to support essential programs that help make a difference for children in local communities.

Some recent CDA projects include:

Give Kids A Smile
Crowns for Kids® delivered dental care, including restorative treatment, to about 300 underserved children 2 to 18 years old, in the Stockton area. Local dentists treated children at University of Pacific on Feb 5, 2011 between 9am and 1pm. The program was promoted to local schools, churches and community organizations to bring in children who did not have other means to access dental care.
SF Mayor Neighborhood Back to School Backpack Program
Crowns for Kids® provided an oral health education/preventative component to the San Francisco Mayor's Neighborhood Back to School Backpack Program through supplying toothbrushes and the CDA Foundation "Cavity Keep Away" brochure (in both English and Spanish languages) for inclusion in backpacks for kids. The backpacks were distributed to about 4,000 underserved children in kindergarten through fifth grades, in the San Francisco area.
Dental societies that participate in the Crowns for Kids® program can apply annually for funding to support local community programs that increase access to care.

About the SDDS Foundation
It is the mission of the Sacramento District Dental Society Foundation to promote the oral and general health of the public by serving as the charitable arm of the SDDS and the dental community.
The Foundation was established in 1969 and is the 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity arm of the Dental Society. The Foundation provides dental services to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it, focusing especially on the elderly and children in the communities of Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. The Smiles for Kids® project is one of the projects of the Foundation. For more information, please visit http://www.sdds.org/SDDF_main.htm

About the CDA Foundation
The CDA Foundation was formed as the philanthropic affiliate of the California Dental Association in 2001 with the mission to improve the oral health of Californians by supporting the dental health profession and its efforts to increase access to care for the state's most vulnerable people. The CDA Foundation works with experts in the dental profession, private business, academic institutions and government to produce programs that increase access to care; promote prevention, education and intervention; advance health policy research; and build a sustainable oral health workforce. http://www.cdafoundation.org.

About Star Group
Star Group was founded on a simple idea: make it easy to convert precious metal scrap bearing gold, platinum, palladium and silver into cash. Star did this by becoming the actual refiner of the precious metals, eliminating the middleman, and helping all of its clients make more money. Star has since expanded this core principle to now include tens of thousands of happy clients around the world in dental offices, dental labs, commercial jewelers and the public who sell their precious metals to the company. In addition to consistently offering the best prices for scrap, Star Group's success is founded on transparency, honesty, reliability and innovation.
Truly unique among precious metal refiners, Star Group has developed a proprietary and customized valuation system using the iPhone® and volume contracts with major international express delivery services. These significant advances allow the company to provide: efficient client service; rapid, accurate and transparent on-site metal evaluations; seamless and simple customer transactions; and superior pricing.
More information about Star Group can be found on its website http://www.stargroupUS.com.

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