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From left: Nick Abruzzo, on the board for Operation Grace MN; John Braddock, executive director of Operation Grace MN; Lindsay Stewart, senior Patterson Foundation Manager; and Connie Harder, gifts administrator for the Patterson Foundation. (Photo: Patterson Foundation)

Patterson Foundation awards more than $187,000 in grants

By Dental Tribune USA
August 27, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn., USA: The Patterson Foundation recently announced $187,460 in grant funding to 11 non-profit organizations in the oral and animal health fields. These organizations were selected based on the foundation’s focus of providing dental care to disadvantaged communities and assistance dogs to veterans and people with disabilities.

“We are thrilled to continue supporting organizations that align with Patterson’s values,” said George Henriques, Patterson Foundation president. “These selected organizations provide meaningful contributions that are making a difference in the communities they serve.”

The dental organizations include: Arlington Free Clinic; CARE Clinic; KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic; Adopt a Smile, Operation Grace MN; St. Petersburg Free Clinic; Trinity Free Clinic; Good Samaritan Clinic WV Mission of Mercy; Nebraska Mission of Mercy; and Rhode Island Mission of Mercy.

Last year, Patterson Foundation gave more than $1.4 million in grants and scholarships, resulting in 21,244 patients receiving oral health care, and more than 48 assistance dogs being placed with veterans or individuals with disabilities.

“The life-changing work of these organizations embody the essence of community, and we are honored to be a part of that,” Henriques said.

The Patterson Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation that awards higher education scholarships to the children of Patterson Companies employees and provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations. Its grants are focused on programs that provide dental care to disadvantaged communities and assistance dogs to veterans and people with disabilities.

The Patterson Foundation is funded primarily by current and former employees of Patterson Companies Inc., a global leader connecting dental and animal health customers in North America and the U.K. to the latest products, technologies, services and innovative business solutions that enable operational and professional success. More information is available online, at

(Source: Patterson Foundation)

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