FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
Citrus College Supports Charitable Dental Event for Veterans
Glendora, Calif. (March 20, 2020) – In light of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Citrus College is pleased to continue sharing great news with the community.
The Citrus College Veterans Success Center recently helped promote a charitable event aimed at providing quality dental care to veterans in the greater Los Angeles area.
The coalition of dentists advancing this initiative, American Dentists Give Back to Veterans, formed in New York City last December when Dr. Bernard Fialkoff decided to rally local dentists to provide free dental care for veterans.
The event, titled "Los Angeles Dentists Give Back to Veterans Day," took place on March 16 at 13 different dental offices throughout the region. Simultaneous events also took place in 24 New York dental offices and one Atlanta dental office, for a total of 38 participating offices. It was facilitated by Citrus College Veterans Success Center Director Maria Buffo, who informed Citrus College students, as well as 13 other colleges in Southern California, of the free services.
Since December, American Dentists Give Back to Veterans has provided no-cost dental care for veterans in 30 different dental offices in four cities across the nation.
"The American Dentists Give Back to Veterans group is a way of saying thank you to those people who gave of themselves to protect our freedom," said Dr. Fialkoff. "When we look at the freedom in our great country, it behooves every citizen to help in a group effort to protect this scarce commodity."
Majid Tabibzadeh, CEO of Viva Concepts, a marketing and advertising firm specializing in health care, and Dr. Alina Krivitsky also played an instrumental role in bringing the movement to Los Angeles.
"I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Fialkoff and the large coalition of dental professionals and businesspersons who helped make this incredibly generous project a reality for Citrus College's student veteran population, as well as so many others throughout greater Los Angeles," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "Kudos to Maria Buffo and the college's Veterans Success Center for helping other veterans learn about this great opportunity."
In early July, American Dentists Give Back to Veterans will bring the movement to Miami before expanding to other locations throughout the country.