As we approach Passover, I want to take a moment to wish all our Alpha Omega fraters Chag Sameach. As an international group, with international concerns, the holiday gives us time to reflect on our joint AO mission, which includes the commitment to the promotion of dental care and philanthropy.
There are two projects that we have worked on that deserve attention, appropriately at this time of year. The Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program recently won the prestigious Gies Award, presented last week in Orlando, Florida. An August 2017, "Reader's Digest" article, referring to the patients who were helped by AO dentists with support from Henry Schein Cares, wrote that "These Holocaust Survivors Say Their Lives Were Saved Twice," once when they escaped the concentration camps and once when they had their teeth fixed by our fraters. And just last week in Miami, Florida, the Nova University Dental Student AO chapter raised over $10,000 for fighting oral cancer with a 5K walk/run, with a 16-year old as the primary recipient.
Like the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage to the freedom and beauty of the Holy Land, the dental care and support provided by our own Alpha Omegans has allowed these special patients the opportunity to smile again without pain and disease - a journey that some have characterized as a" journey from darkness into light." So, as we join at the Seder - the ceremonial feast of Passover - and the week of Passover observance, our worldwide Alpha Omega family and friends should be very proud of our organization and work in helping to make the world a kinder and healthier place.
My wife Wendy joins me in sending you our best wishes for a happy holiday!
2018 International President
P.S. Though we generally conclude the Seder by exclaiming "next year in Jerusalem," our convention planners would appreciate me concluding this note with "this year in New Orleans" (December 2018) and "next year in Los Angeles" (December 2019)!