Braydich Announces Smiles for Charity Recipient

HUBBARD, Ohio — After a vote held across Braydich Dental’s social media networks, this year’s recipient of the Smiles for Charity fundraising campaign will be Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, the dentistry announced.

During the drive that runs from March 1 to June 30, participants will donate $100 for all-in-one teeth whitening kits from Braydich, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. Braydich Dental hopes to raise $20,000 for Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, which helps children and young adults find adoptive families.

“We are beyond thankful to have been chosen by Braydich Dental, and the community for that matter, as the 2020 recipient for the Smiles for Charity campaign,” stated Cheryl Tarantino, executive director of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. “With less funding available to our organization from the state for adoption and foster care services, we have to be mindful of how to best maximize funds to help children and teens find loving homes. Donations and community support are critical to our operation, and so when NOAS was awarded as the beneficiary of Smiles for Charity, we couldn’t have been more appreciative.”

The teeth whitening kits include custom-fitted whitening trays for upper and lower teeth and whitening gel that can lighten teeth five to seven shades, according to the release.

Started in 2004, Smiles for Charity is an annual fundraiser organized by Braydich Dental, providing aid to local nonprofit organizations and charities. To date, more than $300,000 has been raised and donated to various agencies and service groups, including Animal Charities, Neighborhood Ministries, Heart Reach Ministries and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. In the past, the Braydich Dental team would handpick its recipient, but this year, the community got involved in the selection process.

“We identify and interview different organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality and comfort of everyday life,” said Dr. Rudy Braydich, co-owner of Braydich Dental. “There are so many phenomenal charities fostering real change across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania that picking one is always a tough decision. We didn’t want to make this choice alone and felt the community should have a say in which organization they would like to support.”

Pictured: (from left) Dr. Rudy Braydich, co-owner of Braydich Dental, Cheryl Tarantino, executive director of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services (NOAS) and Kathy Evans, director of marketing of NOAS.

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