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Delta Dental of Kentucky's Making Smiles Happen® Donates $150,000 to Trooper Island for New Oral Health Clinic

The donation will build an oral health clinic on Trooper Island for campers to have free access to oral health needs

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Emilee Coomes
(502) 797-5058

Date of News Release: 08/03/2016

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[Louisville], KY [August 2, 2016] - Delta Dental of Kentucky's charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®, donated $150,000 to the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island to renovate the health clinic and add the first-ever oral health component at the camp. The generous grant will assist with the development of a new facility providing Trooper Island campers with the opportunity to receive oral health services for years to come.

This past Saturday, Delta Dental of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Police broke ground on the new facility during Trooper Island's Annual Appreciation Day. The Delta Dental Wellness Clinic will serve 700+ campers annually and each child will receive comprehensive oral health screenings in conjunction with oral hygiene education.

Delta Dental of Kentucky has supported the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island camp since 2014, supplying the camp with new equipment and oral hygiene kits for all of the campers each season. "Delta Dental of Kentucky continues to impact Kentucky youth each year by their willingness to provide our campers with oral care they otherwise would not receive," says Trooper Island Commander Jonathan Biven. "Their generous donation to Trooper Island Camp will have a lasting effect on these children for years to come."

The Making Smiles Happen® Initiative was created to ensure children and adults in Kentucky receive high-quality dental care and oral health education. The charitable effort also supports local organizations whose mission is to improve the lives of our youth through a variety of enrichment opportunities.

"Good oral health begins at a young age, and it's critical that our youth have access to quality dental care now," says Tammy York-Day, Delta Dental of Kentucky COO and Kentucky State Police Foundation board member. "Delta Dental of Kentucky's support of Trooper Island expands the camp's holistic approach to providing action for a better tomorrow"

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake. This camp is a chance for kids to connect with the Kentucky State Police and make a difference in their community. This co-ed environment provides an opportunity for at-risk youth from all 120 counties in Kentucky to interact with law enforcement in a positive, threat-free environment. Trooper Island celebrated 50 years of service to the youth of Kentucky this year and over 30,000 kids have benefitted from this unique program. The Delta Dental Oral Health Clinic will be completed by May 2017.

About Delta Dental of Kentucky:

Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of providers gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky's promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout our Commonwealth.

About Trooper Island:

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations and no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. For more information about Trooper Island, visit http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island.html

Pictures/video from the ground breaking is available for use upon request.