BUFFALO, N.Y. – UB dental students, along with hundreds of
people from the Western New York community, will put their money
where their feet are for the University at Buffalo School of Dental
Medicine’s sixth annual Run for Smiles 5k.
The charity race, organized each year by UB dental students,
faculty and staff, has raised more than $50,000 to support programs
that provide oral health care to underserved populations in
The race will return on Saturday, April 22, to promote
cardiovascular and oral health awareness. After the race, runners
can enjoy food, refreshments and music, and watch UB dental
fraternities face off in a chicken-wing-eating contest.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Harriman Hall on the UB South
Campus. Post-race activities will conclude at 5 p.m.
Registration is $20 and free shirts will be given to the first
500 people who sign up. Participants can register in person on race
day at Harriman Hall.
Media are invited to attend. On-site contact is Edward Morrison,
716-955-0393. For a map of the South Campus, visit http://bit.ly/2nhJ2Nr.
Proceeds from the Run for Smiles are donated to UB dental
initiatives such as the CARES (Counseling, Advocacy, Referral,
Education and Service) and BOCA (Buffalo Outreach Community
Assistance) programs, both of which provide access to affordable
health care and dental education to those in Buffalo and
The CARES program, a collaboration between the UB School of
Dental Medicine and School of Social Work, strives to increase
access to quality oral health care by linking patients with
resources that include Medicaid and health centers.
BOCA aims to promote dental education and implement free dental
care in areas of the world that lack adequate access to care. BOCA
members take part in dental outreach trips both abroad and in
communities across the U.S.