Dr. Larry Coffee

Dr. Larry Coffee started the Dental Lifeline Network in 1974 in response to his sister’s health needs. More recently he has been instrumental in bringing together nearly 80 mostly medical organizations to advocate for Medicare coverage for adults with a medical necessity.

Dr. Coffee will be honored with the Champion for Change Award on February 20 in Chicago at the Oral Health America’s Champions for Change Gala. There, OHA will laud him for bringing together 15,000 dentists to provide sponsored care for over 100,000 adults who are aging, challenged by a developmental disability or needing oral care to qualify for a lifesaving medical procedure.

At the Champions for Change Gala, Ivoclar Vivadent will be recognized as a Million Dollar Donor. According to, Ivoclar Vivadent helped to launch Oral Health America’s (OHA) Wisdom Tooth Project® (WTP) in 2010. The Wisdom Tooth Project strives to change the lives of senior consumers aging in their communities and especially vulnerable to oral disease

IV-Logo-RGB-pvi-300x201Oral Health America’s (OHA) Annual Gala & Benefit has heralded the arrival of the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting for 29 years. Renamed the Champions for Change Gala in 2019, OHA introduces a new look and a new venue that reflects its mission to change lives by improving overall health through better oral health for all.

This year, the Champions for Change Gala will take place Soldier Field’s iconic United Club – midway between McCormick Place and Chicago’s Loop. Over 600 dental and industry professionals will attend, representing as many as 300 companies, private practices and organizations from many disciplines. It is Oral Health America’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Gala supports OHA’s efforts to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its undeniable connection to overall health and wellness.

Event Details:

February 20, 2019

Cocktail Reception: 5:30 PM
Dinner & Program: 7:00 PM

Soldier Field’s United Club
1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

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