We are committed to giving back to our community and feel that donating to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program to give the gift of hope and reading to underprivileged children is one of the best ways to do this.
Laurel, Maryland (PRWEB) December 14, 2014
Dr. Garland K. Davis, DDS, MGE Management Experts and dentists from across the nation gathered with US Marines November 14, 2014 for the MGE Annual Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. This year’s event raised funds for hundreds of thousands of new books and audio books for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program that will go to underprivileged children this Christmas. It represents another major strike in the battle being waged against illiteracy and helping underprivileged children break the cycle of poverty.
The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that over 16 million children live in poverty. Through the gift of a book, these children are provided with the tools they need to give them a chance to help break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
The Benefit Dinner in Clearwater, FL to help raise funds to help these children was kicked off with the Clearwater High School Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp Color Guard and Drill Team. Their Senior Marine Instructor is Lt. Col. Kirk Kumagai U.S. Marine Corp (ret).
MGE dental clients and concerned members of the community donated items for a lively auction. Some of the top items were: Rebecca Minkoff luxury bags donated by Rebecca Minkoff, a Disney World package donated by Dr. Manoj Patel, a Social Media package from Batya Maman Sabag Social Connect, a weekend package from the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach, a chic shirt and belt from the Craig Taylor Collection, ten 6 course meals from Café Ponte, a 2 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet donated by Dr. Pablo Cuevas and much more. All funds went to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
During the event presentation, Captain Joseph Draeger of the U.S. Marines said, “Literacy is at the core of academic achievement for all children and it’s critical that we work together to help every child have access and exposure to books at home and in their communities. By giving the gift of reading to a child in your life or a child in need, you are not only opening up a world of opportunity for them, but you are giving them a lifetime of joy.”
In 1947, after WWII, Toys for Tots began in Los Angeles when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Then, in 2008, in order to do something about illiteracy, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was launched with the mission to offer our Nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life.
Dr. Davis said, “We are committed to giving back to our community and feel that donating to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program to give the gift of hope and reading to underprivileged children is one of the best ways to do this. We believe giving the gift of reading will help our young people break their cycle of poverty by helping them acquire skills and talents to learn so they can get a good education, well-paying jobs and success."
“We are extremely happy to be an official Toys for Tots donation location again this Christmas,” he continued. “Our patients have been very generous with their donations and we are thrilled to bring Christmas cheer to area children again this year.” More information can be found on the Garland K. Davis D.D.S. Facebook page.
About Dr. Garland K. Davis
Dr. Garland K. Davis is a 1982 graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry and is a native Baltimorean. He attended the University of Maryland for undergraduate studies and post-graduate studies. After graduation, Dr. Davis was an associate in various clinical offices in the Baltimore-Washington area until 1984. Dr. Davis then found an opportunity to associate for a large dental practice in Laurel, Maryland.
Dr. Davis decided to stay in the Laurel area and open up his own private practice in 1992. From 1992 to the present, Dr. Davis has been at the same location in Laurel, Maryland on Cherry Lane. During this time Dr. Davis’s practice has flourished from a two chair operation to a newly renovated eight chair facility with all modern and up-to-date equipment and offers Invisalign, dental implants and other dental services. Over the years, Dr. Davis has immersed himself in continuing education of the most up-to-date treatment modalities and new technologies that have evolved to enhance the dental experience.
For more information visit garlanddavisdds.com or call 301-490-2900.