Hires Dental Care proudly offered free dental care to 117 veterans during their 6th annual Stars, Stripes & Smiles event on Friday, May 15. The 501c non-profit event took place from 8am to 4pm, with some veterans lining up as early as midnight. “There is a large veteran population who do not have dental insurance,” stated Dr. J. Eric Hires. “We created this event to offer our services to those who have offered their services in defending our rights and freedom.”
The staff at Hires Dental Care in Toledo, along with a few outside clinical hygienists and assistants, volunteered their time during the event. “No one gets paid that day,” stated Marketing Manager Erica Emery. “Everyone feels altruistic and proud to be helping these veterans with their dental health. It’s a busy day – but a fun day!”
During the event, veterans were treated to free food and refreshments, including Tony Packo’s hot dogs, hamburgers, and cupcakes made by one of the practice’s patients. Raffle prizes included Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye tickets, along with a Toledo Zoo membership. There was also a deejay, blood pressure and dermascan screenings, and individuals on-hand from Heroes in Action, The Dental Center, and Ohio Means Jobs.
In the past 6 years, this event has offered free dental care to 565 veterans worth over $133,000.
This year’s Admiral Sponsors included The Toledo Blade and Hylant. Captain Sponsors were: David Saalfeld, Lucy Lambert, ProMedica, SMB Restoration Specialists, Tony Packo’s, Bennett Management Group, H.O.T. Graphic Services, DJ Tom Toledo, Waterford Bank, Jet’s Pizza, Chik-Fil-A, Collingwood Water, Bartz Viviano, Toledo Mud Hens, Toledo Walleye, The Toledo Zoo, Marco’s Pizza, Ice Restaurant & Bar, Komet, Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, and Colgate.