Clinical Research Gets a Boost from Donors
At the beginning of March, the School’s clinical research initiatives received a $5 million boost from philanthropists, Dr. Mick and Mrs. Mary Dragoo. The couple’s landmark gift, the largest private gift in the School’s history, will establish the UCLA Mick and Mary Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center. The Dragoo Center will become a leading site for clinical research, patient care, and education in periodontology and implantology. For more details, please read the entire press release here.
Longtime Supporter Passes
Loyal supporter of the School of Dentistry, Ms. Peggy Bloomfield, passed away on May 1. Peggy and her late husband, Bill Bloomfield, Sr., along with fellow UCLA alumni and Board of Counselor Members, Bob Wilson and Gerald Jennings, contributed and raised the funds necessary to purchase and renovate the Venice Dental Center building. In 2008, the Bloomfield and Wilson families joined efforts once again to fund and manage the creation of a dedicated seven-chair pediatric dentistry wing. This wing now serves as the home of a new community-based pediatric dentistry residency program, and provides much-needed care to the children of Venice and surrounding neighborhoods. Today, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center conducts more than 15,000 patient visits per year, providing services in general dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, pediatrics, orthodontics, endodontics, and more.
In 2010, Peggy created the Bloomfield Family Geriatric Patient Care Fund to provide senior patients with assistance towards the cost of oral health care services provided by the School of Dentistry. In addition, Peggy was committed to supporting the Apollonian Society annually and was a Founding Member. Her passing is a profound loss to all of us at the School of Dentistry.
Promoting the Dental Student Experience
Since 2004, the Apollonian Society has worked tirelessly to enhance the dental student experience. The philanthropic group has collectively raised more than $2 million and has supported many major projects, including the White Coat Ceremony, “home cubicles,” computers and Isolite systems in every operatory, and patient care subsidy funds. At this year’s Alumni events, Gabriela Dimitrakopoulos, Class of 2013, was the selected student speaker. She reflected on how supportive the Apollonian Society has been for students like herself.
"I have personally witnessed how the Apollonian Society directly enhances our everyday student lives. The clinic subsidy fund, donated by the Apollonians, was the reason my patient was able to afford dentures, regain her self-confidence, and I was able to graduate on time! These donations completely changed my patient's life, and this is just one example of how the continued support from our alumni can and does impact many people’s lives." - Gabriela Dimitrakopoulos
For more information on the Apollonian Society, please click here or contact Andrea Parada in the Office of Development at (310) 206-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni & Friends Campaign
At the Alumni Association Luncheon at the California Dental Association Conference this past April, we were proud to launch our plans to celebrate the School’s 50th anniversary. Various planning committees composed of faculty, administrators, and the Board of Counselors have recognized that the next challenge that our School must undertake, in order to maintain our stature and level of excellence, is to further support a strong faulty recruitment and retention plan. To that end, one year ago the School decided that the centerpiece campaign at our 50th Anniversary Celebration would be the establishment of an Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair Campaign.
This campaign has strong momentum and we are confident that with the support of our alumni, Board of Counselors and everyone else who makes up the School of Dentistry community, we will make the 50th Anniversary Celebration a year to remember.
To learn more and support the 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or email@example.com.