This month, Texas and Michigan, dentists put kindness first in their communities. For George Jurek, D.D.S., of Waco, that means a $1 million dental-clinic donation, and for Dr. William Demray of Northville, Michigan, it takes the form of a toothy tree that generates holiday joy.
In both cases, their recent efforts build on their lifelong philanthropy through dentistry.
Retired dentist George Jurek, DDS, adds to his legacy of philanthropy
Dr. Jurek’s gift will help the Waco Family Medicine, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to include a dental clinic in their planned $51 million facility, according to a Waco Tribune-Herald report. Throughout his professional career in family dentistry, Dr. Jurek donated dental treatment to those who could not afford it. During his tenure with state agencies, he created the first educational program in Texas to prepare medical and dental professionals to care for patients with mental and developmental disabilities.
How does Dr. William Demray bring joy with giant plastic molars?
Outside his Northville Preservation Dental office in November, Dr. William Demray designed and built the world’s first Christmas tree made of 1,111 giant plastic molars to boost holiday spirits in the midst of a pandemic, according to HometownLife.com.
The eight-inch plastic molars were a supply overflow from the 3,333 created for the doctor’s 2016 exhibit in support of community arts. Back then, Dr. Demray hired Michigan-based SPI Injection Molding to produce the teeth, he’s been doing good works with them ever since.
In 2017, he enlisted other inspired artists to use them in support of the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School Community Outreach Program. His “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition requested a $20 donation to decorate a tooth as a contest entry, with all funds benefitting the University’s Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic.