May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children’s Gala brings joy to Dr. Jason Clapp, Dr. Jessica Bell and Dr. Edward Rick

November 2016 Volume LI Number 6

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children held their annual Gala dur- ing AAPD Annual Session at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio. Donors and guests explored western art and history while admiring artifacts from across cultures of the American West.

Guests had an opportunity to bid on a "Life Experience" auc- tion item. This year’s Gala featured an array of exciting items.

Auction items included Prosecco, a seven day stay in The Reef Atlantis suite in the Bahamas, A. Marek fine jewelry, Chihuly glass art, an AAPD handmade quilt, and a Hilton Hawaiian package. One of the favorites of the night included the Pay-it-forward dinner which allows a donor to host a dinner in their hometown and the winners of the auction are guests for a private dinner the following year during Annual Session.

Artist Erik Wahl even painted an Einstein piece upside down during AAPD Opening Session. Dr. Jason Clapp and wife Dr. Jessica Bell received a Bono painting by Erik Wahl then won a second Erik Wahl painting at the HSHC Gala. "After being gifted the Bono painting by Erik Wahl at the keynote address of the AAPD annual meeting, my wife (also a pediatric dentist) and I felt a calling to try to raise the roof on the bidding of his paintings for a greater cause, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. This led us full circle to also taking home the Einstein painting of his at the HSHC Gala and auction when we "won" that piece as well. As a bonus, I have always been a huge admirer and fan of Bono’s and we also love graffiti art! The pieces we now have will remain reminders of the bigger picture—taking care of children on a daily basis in our practice and continuing to work towards improving the lives of all children through the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation, "Dr. Jason Clapp expresses.

HSHC’s auction is both emotionally and financially reward- ing for guests. It’s great for guests to be able to help children in need of dental care while winning amazing artwork!

Dr. Ed Rick expresses winning Erik Wahl’s Statue of Liberty painting. "With not a dry eye in the house at the Lila Cock- rell Theater, Keynote Speaker, Erik Wahl’s painting of "Lady Liberty" and the video that was shown hit a nerve with me. It reminded Kathy and I of when we welcomed home, our son, Marine Capt. Joshua Rick, from a tour in Iraq. It was a very special memory, very emotional. The opportunity to bid on the painting at HSHC’s Gala and win it was incredible."

Join the excitement next year at HSHC’s Gala in May 2017, which will be held at the Italian Embassy! Participate in our auc- tion next year as an enjoyable way to gather as a community and support Grantee children.

HSHC Donors at the Leader’s Circle level and above receive two complimentary tickets. Limited tickets are available for pur- chase at $625 per person. For information or to purchase tickets for next year’s Gala, contact Michelle Hidalgo at (312) 337-2169 or

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