Finn & Finn Beautiful Smiles and Others Support Oral Health Needs of Developmentally Disabled

Dr. Tom Finn (left) of Finn & Finn Beautiful Smiles poses for a picture with LRCS Dental Fund recipient, Alden Hammond (right).

(Laconia) On June 8th and June 9th hundreds of nonprofits around the Granite State will participate in NH Gives, the 24-hour statewide online fundraising event through which nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community. Following their successful first year of participation last year, Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS), a Laconia-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Lakes Region residents from birth through the lifespan to have lives of independence, dignity, and opportunity, will be participating in NH Gives again this year, raising money to support staff training and support for their essential frontline care giver staff, and for technology needs.

This year, fundraising from NH Gives also supports LRCS’ Dental Fund—in lieu of their traditional Miles for Smiles 5K fundraiser, which had to be cancelled again this year due to Covid-19. While most services for adults with developmental disabilities are funded through state and federal Medicaid dollars, Medicaid does not cover the cost of dental care. Providing access to dental care for this population of adults is extremely important because of the strong connection between oral health and overall health and wellness. Donations through this online giving day will fill in the dental/oral care funding gaps for countless individuals served by the organization.

“We are deeply grateful for the kindness and generosity of so many people and businesses, notably including our Dental Fund sponsors for this year’s NH Gives. These valued partners share our conviction that all people deserve a life of dignity and opportunity, and that by helping families to be strong and resilient, our whole community benefits.” said VP of Development Jim Hamel.

Drs. Tom Finn and Kiirsten Finn of Finn of Finn & Finn Beautiful Smiles are this year’s lead sponsor for LRCS’ NH Gives effort. “We’re proud to support LRCS again this year in their important work caring for the people of this community. We are committed not just to helping people have beautiful smiles, but to also doing our part to help more people in our community have something to smile about!” said by Dr. Finn.

Special thanks are extended to Drs. Finn and to the several other sponsors of LRCS’ NH Gives Campaign, which so far includes: Detolla Dental; Winnisquam Dental; Circle Dental; Mid-State Health Center; Interlakes Family Dental; Kennell Orthodontics; and Region III Family Support Council. “The generosity of the business and nonprofit community continues to be amazing and is what enables us to make a difference in our community,” added Hamel.

Nonprofits participating in NH Gives are able to accept donations on the nhgives.org website from 6:00 pm on June 8th – 6:00 pm on June 9th. For more information on NH Gives, or to find out how you can help support LRCS during this 24-hour campaign, please contact Jim Hamel at james.hamel@lrcs.org or 581-1588.