PORTLAND, Maine — Mark your calendars for Nov. 16, when Maine dentists will gather at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland for a charitable ballroom dancing competition called “Dancing With the Dentists.” The event will help to raise money for Donated Dental Services and the Oral Health Program at Health Care for the Homeless, two local organizations that make dental care more accessible to those in need. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m . where the audience is invited to enjoy the open dance floor, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The dance competition will begin at 7 p.m.
“These charities do fantastic work and deliver millions of dollars of services to their patients. They are always looking for help and are at a point where they could greatly benefit from equipment updates,” says Dr. Glen Knock of Falmouth Dental Arts, in a press release. Donated Dental Services provides access to comprehensive dental services for those who cannot afford help, particularly elderly and disabled individuals. The Oral Health Program at Health Care for the Homeless helps to repair and rebuild the lives of adults and adolescents in the Greater Portland area who are experiencing homelessness by offering dental care and treatment that would otherwise not be available to them. “We felt, in our first year, these two programs could use a boost from the dentists of the state and we hope to help provide funding that will truly make a difference in their delivery of care.”
The competition itself will consist of local dentists and their spouses competing against one another and will be emceed by Shannon Moss, host of the show Split Screen on WPME and WPXT. Each participant will dance with a professional in a two-minute routine; female competitors will be performing with Sergei Slussky while the men will complete their routines with Polina Kirillova—both of whom are world-class instructors. Each couple will be judged on their individual and collective performances by a panel consisting of former Governor John Baldacci, author Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD, and WGAN Morning Show host Ken Altshuler.
Glen Knock has been practicing dentistry in the Greater Portland area for over 30 years. Together with Brian Brunacini, also of Falmouth Dental Arts, he decided to pull together like-minded practitioners in the state to aid these two charitable programs. Dr. Knock, Dr. Brunacini and their team at Falmouth Dental Arts are dedicated to providing the utmost level of care and comfort for their patients and the community.
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