October 2014 Platinum Circle Dental Mission to Salinas

Members of the Platinum Circle Fortune Management Group volunteered for the Ecuadent Foundation from October 16 to October 25, 2014 to treat impoverished children living in the areas surrounding Salinas, in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador.

Our team treated 466 children over four and a half treatment days. We performed 3,650 procedures, a number that reflects the efficient and hard work of every member on the team.

The specifics of the procedures are as follows:

  • 432 cleanings
  • 422 fluoride treatments
  • 1,721 sealants
  • 945 restorations
  • 124 extractions
  • 4 root canals
  • 2 pulp caps.

Pediatrician Dr. Karasik  treated 155 patients, helping families with medications, medical advice, and nutritional guidance.

Notably, we traveled to a nearby neighborhood where many of the children lived called Paraiso, which ironically translates to “Paradise.” On our journey we saw miles of dirt roads, hand-made thatched shacks, and children walking barefooted in the streets. It was heart-wrenching to see how these children lived. We passed out toothbrushes to a school of kindergarteners, giving each child enough toothpaste and toothbrushes for their entire household. We witnessed the joy that this simple act brought to the children; we saw six-year-old girls hug and kiss their toothbrushes in pure excitement. — This is the reason we return year after year: to change the lives of the children who need it most.

Thank you so much to our volunteers, and to those at home who contributed to the success of our mission through their generous support!

Vino in the Vineyard 2014

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 Vino in the Vineyard
Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Together we can bring back smiles, give hope & make a difference.

Join us & enjoy:

Wine Tasting ♦ Delicious Catered Hors D’Oeuvres ♦ Vineyard Tours ♦ Children’s Acitivities ♦ Grape Stomping ♦ Scenic Photo Booth ♦   & More!!

                   Saturday, September 6th, 2014                    2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

           Generously hosted by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Carolyn Scott                                                    Bellendene Vineyard                                                      2611 Old Taneytown Rd,  Westminster MD, 21158

All ages welcome.

$50-individuals, $95-couples, $135-family, $30-recent grads

Proceeds benefit Ecuadent’s medical & dental mission support and supply fund

Click HERE to learn more about our important work.

For Additional Information!

Email info@ecuadent.org or call 410-561-1800

Can’t Wait To See You There!

Getting there: Feel free to use the following directions, because GPS systems and Google Maps do not always take you to the vineyard.

From I-95 (North or South)
1. Take 695- Noth/West towards Towson
2. Take exit 19- 795 NW
3. Continue for about 8 miles. Take exit 9- Route 140 towards Westminster
4. Continue on Route 140 for about 10-15 miles.
5. Follow signs for 140 West towards Taneytown
6. Once you see the signs for Taneytown, continue straight for 2-3 miles.
7. Turn left onto Old Taneytoen Road. (There will be a big sign for you at this intersection.)
8. Continue for about 3 miles. The Scott’s driveway will be on your left, #2611. Again, we will have a big sign and probably balloons.
9. Turn left into the driveway. Go all the way to the end. The Scott’s home is the last house on the right.
10. You will be directed as to where to park.
From I-83 (Coming from the North)
1. Take exit 20B- Shawan Rd West
2. Continue onto Shawan Rd. Once you cross Falls Rd, Shawan Rd turns into Tufton Ave.
3. Continue for 4 miles until the road comes to a “T”
4. Turn right onto Worthington Ave
5. After about 2 miles, Worthington Ave turnes into Butler Rd/128W. Continue going straight.
6. Turn right onto Route 140N/W towards Westminster
7. Follow the I-95 directions, starting with #4.

SHOP FOR A CAUSE: Macy’s supports Ecuadent- Aug.23!

100% of coupon sales go to support Ecuadent's missions!!!
100% of coupon sales go to support Ecuadent’s missions!!!

THE ECUADENT FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN MACY’S
NINTH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

Macy’s helps local charity raise funds and awareness to the Ecuadent Foundation to provide life-changing health services to impoverished children in Ecuador.

BALTIMORE, MD– (May 19, 2014) – Macy’s and the Ecuadent Foundation invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from the Ecuadent Foundation now.

“Macy’s is committed to giving back, both nationally and to our local communities,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last eight years, Macy’s ‘Shop For A Cause’ program has provided our customers and associates a unique opportunity to show their support and give back to their local community organizations, while also enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”

Macy’s has provided the Ecuadent Foundation with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Ecuadent will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more shopping passes sold, the more money Ecuadent will raise!

By purchasing a shopping pass from the Ecuadent Foundation, customers support Ecuadent’s efforts to provide life-changing surgical and dental procedures to needy children while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from the Ecuadent Foundation, contact Angela at info@ecuadent.org or 410-561-1800.

Together, we can bring smiles to children in Ecuador!!

February 2014 Medical and Dental Missions

The Ecuadent team succeeded in their back-to-back medical and dental mission trips to Esmeraldas, Ecuador from February 20th until March 8th.

The medical team performed 66 procedures on 55 patients. The procedures included: 9 cleft lip corrections, 7 cleft palate corrections, 6 digit corrections, 8 scar revisions, 21 hernia removals, 14 excisions of mass/tissue, and 1 frenectomy.The team also created a custom prosthetic hand for a child born without a hand.

The dental team performed 2,350 procedures on 518 patients. The procedures were as follows: 982 sealants, 449 fluoride treatments, 438 cleanings, 349 restorations, 120 extractions, 9 appliances, and 3 frenectomies.

Additionally, the team donated clothing, toys, and school supplies to the Loreto Orphanage for children physically or sexually abused. We set up 6 new computers in the orphanage computer lab. All of the computers are equipped with high quality educational software.

Vino in the Vineyard 2013 Event Details:

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 10th AnnualVino in the Vineyard
Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Together we can bring back smiles, give hope & make a difference.

Join us & enjoy:

Wine Tasting ♦ Delicious Catered Dishes ♦ Vineyard Tours ♦ Epic Scavenger Hunt ♦ Grape Stomping ♦ Scenic Photo Booth ♦   & More!!

                   Saturday, September 7th, 2013                    2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

           Generously hosted by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Carolyn Scott                                                    Bellendene Vineyard                                                      2611 Old Taneytown Rd,  Westminster MD, 21158

All ages welcome.

$50-individuals, $95-couples, $135-family, $30-recent grads

Proceeds benefit Ecuadent’s medical & dental mission support and supply fund

Click HERE to learn more about our important work.

For Additional Information!

Email info@ecuadent.org or call 410-561-1800

We raised over $21,000! Thanks for Attending! 

Computers for Kids

While our medical team was busy operating this past February, engineer and Westminster, Maryland Rotarian Rodney Boudreaux was busy setting up a 6 donated computers in the Junta Civica de Santa Rosa (a community civic center) in Salinas, Ecuador.

In the U.S. before the mission, Rod assembled the computers and installed a plethora of children’s educational programs in both Spanish and English, making them ready-to-use upon arrival in Ecuador. At the community center, Rod instructed several Ecuadoran Navy cadets how to use and troubleshoot the computers so that they may pass the knowledge onto the children and others.  Take a look at Rod’s photos of the experience, below!