For the first time in 10 years, Lakes Region Community Services has canceled their Miles for Smiles 5k Run/Walk, scheduled this year for May 30th, due to COVID-19 concerns. Since 2011, this community-centered event has raised much-needed funds to provide access to dental care for adults with disabilities.
LRCS would like to thank the many volunteers and sponsors that have dedicated their time and resources to support this event. “We are lucky to have strong community involvement for this race,” said Race Director Emily Ferrer. “From the local school running clubs to the dedicated race volunteers who have been involved with this event since 2011 – we are so grateful.”
Miles for Smiles usually draws several hundred participants for its annual late-spring event, and relies on the generous sponsorship of dental and medical professionals and other local businesses to support the cause. “We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Dr. R. Thomas Finn Jr. & Dr. Kiirsten H. Finn of Finn & Finn Beautiful Smiles, as well as the many others that made early sponsorship commitments, including Speare Memorial Hospital, Lakes Region Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center, Northeast Delta Dental, Winnisquam Dental, Well Sense Health Plan, Mondovi Dental, DeTolla Dental, and Circle Dental. The generosity of these local businesses to our community and the individuals served by LRCS is something that we do not take for granted; we are deeply appreciative,” said VP of Development Jim Hamel.
“While we obviously very much regret having to cancel this year’s fundraiser event, we remain committed to doing all we can to meet the needs of the individuals and families we serve,” added Hamel. “Right now, our core attention is on continuing to serve those we care for, and protecting the safety and health of them and our staff.”
Individuals or organizations that still wish to support LRCS’s Dental Fund, or who can donate to support our responsiveness to the current crisis, are invited to donate online.