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Complete: USA Dental Project for 400 Sponsored Children – Little Rock, AR: $6,000 Raised. Thank You!

23 January 2013 6 Comments

This project is now complete.
Launched: January 18, 2012.
Completed: January 22, 2013.

*Everyone who  donated at least $10 to this project between Nov. 20, 2012 and January 7, 2013 was automatically entered in our Holiday Raffle.

The office of Children International at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock required help to purchase consumable dental supplies for preventative appointments to benefit 400 needy children in its 2013 fiscal year. We aimed to raise $6,000 for prophylaxis angles, prophylaxis brushes, prophylaxis paste, distilled water or tablets, x-ray film, flouride/flouride varnish, toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, bags and Lysol/cleaning supplies. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

Providing dental services isn’t just about keeping children’s teeth and gums clean; it’s crucial to proper nutrition, overall health and good self-esteem. Regular dental screenings and appropriate follow-up care provides a key, often overlooked health benefit for many sponsored children.

Learn more about the UALR Children International Dental Program in Little Rock Arkansas

Special thanks to: Aura’s House partner, Mike Epler, who completed this ambitious project with a generous donation matched by his employer, Bank of America.  He also ran an international 250K, Seven Day Endurance Race in the Gobi Desert (China) through Racing the Planet as a fundraiser for this project on June 10, 2012.  Mike also DOUBLED all donations to this project up to the first $1000 raised and his employer, Bank of America did a company match as well.

Our goal was to raise $6,000.

$6,000 raised!  -Thank You!

Mike Wrote:

Thank you for your donations to date. After the success of my Gobi March Stage Race I was looking for my next trail running adventure and I have found it. I am attempting my first 100mile Ultra-Marathon, Cajun Coyote, on December 1st.

Just as your first dental visit can be scary, this mileage for me is an unknown that leaves some apprehension lingering…so to put an additional purpose to my goal I am putting up a matching challenge where I will match each single donation over $100 for the first $500 raised and then enter this for Bank of America Matching, so your $100 donation will actually generate $300 for this project!! For those donors I will email you a link to my run so you can follow me live as I circumnavigate the lake for 5 loops of 20 miles each at Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana.

So besides the armadillos watching me run through the swamps and root filled forest trails I’m hoping to have some folks look in on me virtually, just know you are out there will make those last 20 miles easier….

Thank you for consideration in sharing this challenge.

Mike Epler



Consumable dental supplies for preventative appointments to benefit 400 patients @ $15.00 each.
Supplies include but are not limited to:

Prophylaxis angles
Prophylaxis brushes
Prophylaxis paste
Distilled water or tablets
X-ray film
Fluoride/Fluoride varnish
Lysol/cleaning supplies

TOTAL: $6,000


*This project is now complete, but please consider helping another needy child by supporting one of our current active projects.

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  • Mike Epler said:

    Aura’s House and this linked page are now prominently displayed on the Racing the Planet Gobi March Charity page, see http://www.4deserts.com/gobimarch/charities….

  • Gautam Chaudhury said:

    I am intersted to be u contact person in Orissa/India

  • heatherlabonteefthymiou said:

    Hope this funds soon! those kids will really appreciate it. 🙂

  • Kristen said:

    Way to go Mike! Thanks to all who helped fund this worthy project.

  • Kristi said:

    Congratulations! The dental program in Little Rock is excellent and deserving of this donation.

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