On Saturday, February 17th, fifty individuals came together for our inaugural Sip & Smile: An Evening of Impact with Cura Smiles. The event took place at the home of Steve and PJ Bothwell. Our audacious goal for the evening was to raise the critical funds needed to bring Cura Smiles' first dental clinic in San Diego to fruition.
Last year, Cura Smiles secured space in City Heights to establish our first free dental care clinic in San Diego. Working in collaboration with Point Loma Nazarene University, our team developed plans for the space and began renovating it. In just a few months, the once vacant rooms began to look like a welcoming future home for a community dental care clinic.
By raising an additional $30,000, Cura Smiles will be able to fully furnish the clinic, secure the necessary supplies and ultimately make the clinic operational. The Sip & Smile event brought us substantially closer to reaching this goal.
The evening kicked off with a wine tasting by Bob Gelman, owner of Grape Connections, and a performance by concert violinist, Jonathan Levlim. Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, as well as Dr. Jordan Buzzell and Mr. Steve Bothwell, board members for Cura Smiles, spoke about Cura Smile's mission and efforts. The event concluded with nearly $15,000 being raised for the future clinic bringing us steps closer to our goal.
We are grateful for each and every one of the attendees and donors who have supported Cura Smiles. We are committed to creating sustainable dental care both locally and globally. If you are interested in further supporting the opening of our San Diego Dental Clinic, please consider donating here.