“Building Smiles” and raising funds
The facility, once converted, would provide the community clinic with six new dental treatment rooms, a reception area and offices. Currently, BOCCC has two dental rooms.
Donna Dunn, executive director of BOCCC, said the clinic has consistently maintained a three-month waiting list since it opened five years ago.
“There’s a huge need for dental services in the community,” said Dunn, who said the clinic helps those who don’t have dental insurance and have no other dental resource. “We’re trying to help fill that gap and get them out of pain.”
With remodeling costs estimated to be around $250,000, BOCCC launched the “Building Smiles” campaign last November — raising $75,000 so far.
The second annual fundraiser is Sept. 1 at Tenroc Ranch in Salado. Tickets are $35 a person and sponsorships begin at $300 and include a table for eight. Dr. Jimmy Dorrell, co-founder and executive director of Mission Waco, will be the guest speaker.
The non-profit clinic opened in 2010 and provides free healthcare to the underserved in Belton and Salado. The clinic is sponsore by 14 churches of various denominations and is staffed primarily by volunteers.
Read the full story as reported by the Temple Daily Telegram in Texas.