CFAC 2013 – Wheeler Park

On Friday, September 27th, 40 professionals and lay people from across the country met in New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley to prepare for a one day ascent and descent of Wheeler Peak, that state’s highpoint.

The occasion marked Climb for a Cause’s sixteenth Annual Hiking Event. Participants were treated to incomparable vistas and a weekend jam-packed with Events ranging from shopping and dips in the hot tub to mountain biking, horseback riding and, of course the September 29th twelve mile round trip Summit Attempt.

As always, funds raised were earmarked to support the SmileTree™ funded oral health education and treatment projects.

“Despite high winds and chilly conditions all 40 participants reached the summit with big smiles.” reports Climb For A Cause and Smile Tree’s executive director Daniel A. ‘Danny’ Bobrow.

“Owing to a record number of participants, safety considerations and Park regulations determined that we would divide our Group into four Teams. Everyone succeeded in navigating the 12 mile loop and enjoyed a much deserved respite at the Bavarian Lodge, conveniently located at the trail’s terminus.” continues Bobrow.

At the Awards Banquet, Dr. Earl Bogrow and Bill McCormick were honored as, respectively, Rookie of The Year and Distinguished Alumnus. Director Daniel Bobrow was also surprised to be honored with the Director of the Year award by his Event Management Team Virginia Norton and Emily Vagts.

With 40 participants and over $65,000 raised this is the most successful Climb For a Cause Event yet! Our sincere thanks go out to this year’s generous sponsors; Gunderson Dettmer, et al; Quality Dental Plan; Aseptico; and Heritage Dental Lab.


CFAC 2012 – Zion National Park

The Weekend of September 29th & 30th 36 Climb for a Cause participants met in Zion National Park to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and challenge ourselves to a grueling day of hiking, all to raise funds for children’s oral health and treatment projects!

“Record attendance and reasonable water levels made for a terrific experience for all Participants.” reports Climb For A Cause and Smile Tree’s executive director Daniel A. ‘Danny’ Bobrow.

“Owing to Park regulations, our Group had to be divided into Saturday and Sunday Teams.  Both Teams managed to negotiate the 15.7 mile trek, mostly through ankle to thigh deep water, and finish in plenty of time to catch the Park Shuttle back to the Lodge, and a well-earned rest.” continues Bobrow.

At the Sunday Banquet, Bob Spiel and Aladean Attar were recognized and honored as, respectively, Rookie of The Year and Distinguished Alumnus.  It was also announced that, effective in 2013, the Jeff Baumrucker Memorial Scholarship would offer deserving dental students an opportunity to serve on a CFAC/ST overseas oral health education and treatment project.  The Scholarship is sponsored by Quality Dental Plans.  “We are deeply grateful to QDP for their generous support of this important initiative, which will enhance the dental student’s experience and remind these future dental professionals of the capacity for their chosen career to make a meaningful and positive difference in peoples’ lives.” concluded Bobrow.


CFAC 2011 – San Jacinto Peak

Heritage Dental Lab … putting its money where its mouth (and feet) are!

On October 2, Heritage Dental Laboratory President Bill McCormick, stood atop the 10,843 foot summit of San Jacinto Peak in California as part of the Fourteenth Annual Fundraising Event with The Climb For A Cause™.

“Supporting worthwhile, dental-related causes is part of our corporate DNA” says McCormick who, at 62 years of age, was the oldest team member to summit San Jacinto. “Meeting fellow dental professionals in exciting locations was the ‘cream on the cake'” Bill said.


Heritage Dental Lab also joins a growing number of dental professionals designated as Branch Offices of The SmileTree™.

Why Branch Out?

“While many dentists and teams are outdoor enthusiasts, and relish a physical challenge, not everyone’s idea of fun is hiking a mountain,” says Daniel A. ‘Danny’ Bobrow, The Climb For A Cause™ / The SmileTree™ executive director. “So we found a way for any practice to not only give back and have fun, but also grow their practice at the same time,” concludes Bobrow.

Both The SmileTree™ Branch Office and The Climb For A Cause™ Participating Practice alike receive practice building support with the compliments of AIM Dental Marketing, Bobrow’s dental marketing firm. Support includes:

In-Office Displays

  • Posters
  • Lapel Buttons
  • Floss Cards
  • Calendars
  • Gifts From Your Adopted Country To Share With Patients

Community Outreach Materials

  • Press ReleasesLapel Buttons
  • Web Page
  • Help With Event Organizing
  • Gifts From Your Adopted Country To Share With Party Attendees

Basically, everything the practice needs to ensure its Good Works are not kept a secret from either patients or the Community is included in the Offering. “It’s our way of positioning the practice to benefit from cause marketing; one of the most powerful ways to increase exposure, especially during a down economy,” explains Bobrow.

Funds raised are earmarked for The Climb For A Cause™ / The SmileTree™ Oral Health Education and Treatment Projects. McCormick plans to participate in the April, 2012 Project on Vietnam’s central coast, and invites Heritage clients and friends to join him on this life-changing adventure.

To learn more about The Climb For A Cause™ and The SmileTree™, contact Daniel Bobrow:

Phone: (800) 723-6523




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