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Laughs, Lines, Latonis: June 25, 2015

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I hope everyone is staying cool during the summer and have your fans and air conditioning running!

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Speaking of running, there’s a 5K in Pana this Saturday. It’s the Tooth Trot 5K, which is a fund-raiser for Happy Teeth/Happy Kids. Nikki Carls is hosting the race at the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail and here are her words about the organization the run is raising money for:

“Happy Teeth/Happy Kids is a non-profit organization that was founded by the executive director, Dr. David Trost. It is funded by grants and donations, to help supply the dental needs for children in the state of Illinois. Children are slipping through the cracks when it comes to their dental health care. Happy Teeth/Happy Kids helps to fill in the cracks. We are signed up through the Wells Fargo Program, that we are giving back to the community of where we live and work.

“We are gifted a house, plus a check, to revitalize a house in a community and then we put it on the market to sell. The money from the sale of the house is used to help a child have a happy, healthy smile. I am a Grant Writer for Happy Teeth/Happy Kids. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Happy Teeth/Happy Kids funds for the restorative – (fillings, extractions, etc. or transportation costs) portion for Miles of Smiles. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist for Miles of Smiles, Ltd. which is a mobile dental school based program for exams, cleanings, sealants, and also restorative procedures, where there is a need. Happy Teeth/Happy Kids helps to fund the restorative program for Miles of Smiles.

“I wish everyone could see all the great things that is so rewarding, from both of these programs. I am truly thankful to be involved to help put a happy, healthy smile on a child’s face. I hope to see some familiar faces out at the race! I’ll be there running it.”

And so will I, Nikki.

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That’s all for this week!