Luzerne County Head Start Program Honors Benco Dental

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Benco Dental and the Cohen Family Charitable Trust were honored by Luzerne County Head Start as the recipients of the Head Start Hero Award.

On May 14, Benco Dental and the Cohen Family Charitable Trust were honored by Luzerne County Head Start as the recipients of the Head Start Hero Award. The award was given to the dental distributor headquartered in Pittston, Pa. and the charitable trust of the Cohen family, owners of Benco Dental, during Head Start’s 47th anniversary luncheon.

Established in 2002, the Head Start Hero Award honors an individual or organization going “the extra mile” in support of the Head Start mission to enhance the quality of life for low-income children and families. This is not a yearly honor and currently only six have received the award.

“Benco has been so kind to us,” said Lynn Evans Biga, executive director of Head Start. “The company is involved in so many aspects of our organization and has been instrumental in Head Start’s success. We are pleased to honor them with this award as Benco truly has gone above and beyond for our children.”

Since 2008, Benco Dental has adopted two classrooms each year. The company holds fundraisers at its headquarters to buy supplies for the classrooms and sends volunteers to visit the children several times each month. On a broader scale, at the start of each year, Benco donates more than 3,000 toothbrushes to be distributed among all of the Head Start classrooms, encouraging oral health among the children. In addition, Benco sponsors a scholarship that is awarded each year to a former Head Start attendee to assist with their college expenses.

“We are truly honored to receive the Head Start Hero Award,” said Rick Cohen, managing director, Benco Dental. “We consider the opportunity to work with an organization like Head Start a privilege. Our partnership has been incredibly rewarding and we look forward to working with this organization for many years to come.”

About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Pittston, Pennsylvania, is the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting & equipment services in the United States. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family owned and focused on the unique mission of “delivering success smile after smile”. During Benco Dental’s 81 year history, the company has grown from a single storefront location in Wilkes-Barre, PA into the nation’s fastest-growing dental distributor with more than 50 regional showroom locations and five distribution centers servicing over 30,000 dental professionals in more than 40 states.

In 2009, Benco Dental reached a new milestone in the company’s long history by unveiling a 272,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, distribution center and equipment showroom in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Benco Dental CenterPoint houses the largest dental equipment showroom in North America, featuring 25 fully functional operatories, 14 operational digital X-rays including 2D and 3D units, three sterilization centers, design & lab concept suites and a summit training center for continuing education courses. The company has additional distribution centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, TX, Reno, Nevada.

Benco Dental provides more supply and equipment options than any other full-service dental distributor, an offering enhanced by a comprehensive suite of services, including office design, equipment repair, practice coaching, financing and real estate planning, wealth management, and dental-specific technology solutions. These services are supported by over 420 professionally trained sales representatives and 290 factory-trained service technicians. Put it all together and Benco Dental offers all the tools to enable dental professionals to achieve their desired goals for success. For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

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