Development News

Posted on: Friday, 04/11/2014

Serving the Community

Thanks to The Schutz-Engel Trust, the Wilson Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (VDC) has been able to enhance the oral health and overall quality of life of low-income and indigent individuals in West Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. Since January of 2012, The Schutz-Engel Trust funds have been used to provide oral health care services at the VDC to adult patients from Upward Bound House (UBH), an independent non-profit institution that operates residential facilities for homeless individuals in Santa Monica and Culver City.Outside of the UCLA Venice Dental Center

As a result of the economic crisis and the elimination of coverage for patient care of adults previously covered by the State of California Adult Denti-Cal program, over 3 million Californians have lost dental coverage for oral health care and treatment. While Denti-Cal still pays for necessary tooth removal for adults, most services designed to preserve teeth have been eliminated. Increased economic hardship and homelessness coupled with the elimination of care to adults through the Denti-Cal program has contributed to the increase in the number of individuals who are seeking free treatment at the VDC. Such services can be very costly, however the VDC is committed to providing specialty services at reduced fees for low-income individuals. Even so, there are patients from Upward Bound House who simply cannot afford treatment.

An UBH patient, Mr. LG shared: “My experience was wonderful. It had been three years since I went to the dentist and I was very afraid of needles and the pain. The VDC kept me informed throughout the process, and helped me get the dental work I needed. It was not too painful. When I went for job interviews, I felt more comfortable and confident. I didn’t have to worry that they were staring at my teeth during the interview. I got hired and I am happy to be working again.”

With the continued and renewed support of The Schutz-Engel Trust, the VDC has been able to provide dental care to UBH patients who would otherwise be unable to afford care and advanced treatment. Concurrently, the UCLA dental students, residents, and faculty providing the treatment can see and appreciate the value that dental care can bring to the homeless.


Become a Member of the Apollonian Society

Become a Member of the Apollonian Society

Help us celebrate the School’s 50th anniversary by becoming a 50th Anniversary Benefactor of the Apollonian Society. With a gift of $5,000, you can help us continue our tradition of excellence for the next 50 years. In recognition of your extraordinary generosity, in addition to the benefits that our Chancellor’s Associates donors and Apollonian Society members receive, you will also receive a certificate and tickets to our 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala in May 2015.

For more information on this opportunity, please call our Development Office at (310) 206-0215.


Drs. Rossman & Wolf Orthodontics Seminar Room Fund

In honor of their commitment to the UCLA Section of Orthodontics, we are excited to launch a campaign to recognize the selfless contributions of Drs. Leon Rossman and Ronald Wolf. For over 25 years, Drs. Rossman and Wolf taught and inspired our Orthodontics residents. They instilled a core set of diagnostic and treatment planning values in the minds of future practitioners and are among the most recognized and respected faculty members in our Section.Drs. Leon Rossman and Ronald Wolf pose for a photo in the UCLA Dental Clinics

The campaign proposes to name the new seminar and treatment planning room in their honor. These funds will be used to furnish the room with desks, chairs, cabinets, treatment planning computer stations, and state of the art presentation technology. As the Section of Orthodontics transitions to a fully digital system for ensuring comprehensive and longitudinal treatment, the tools and technology integrated into the Rossman and Wolf Seminar Room will ensure that our patients continue to receive the highest quality of care and that our residents receive the best education possible.

Donors making a gift of $25,000 or more will be recognized as Inner Circle Patrons of the Rossman and Wolf Seminar Room, commemorated with an individual donor plaque in the room. Donors making a gift of $5,000 or more will be recognized as “Supporters and Friends” of the Rossman & Wolf Seminar Room, commemorated with a group plaque in the room. All donations are deeply appreciated and are, of course, tax deductible as permitted by law. Please contact Mallory Gompert at 310-206-6079 or mgompert@support.ucla.edu for more information. 


Alumni & Friends Endowed Chair Campaign

Celebrating 50 YearsThis May, the UCLA School of Dentistry will be launching its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the California Dental Association Conference. The centerpiece campaign of our 50th Anniversary Celebration is the establishment of an Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair to help attract and retain the very best faculty members. This campaign has strong momentum with over 75 percent pledged to the goal. We are confident that with the support of our alumni, Board of Counselors, corporate partners and friends we will make the 50th Anniversary Celebration a year to remember at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

To learn more and support the 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or mgompert@support.ucla.edu.

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