Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 06 2014

Spirit Award Winners in GMC

Greater Midwest Chapter
The Greater Midwest Chapter congratulates the American Dental Association and Friends of Marlene, recipients of PCMA’s 2014 Spirit Award. PCMA announced the winners of its 2014 Achievement Awards last week.

In 2013, the American Dental Association (ADA) launched their first national Mission of Mercy (MOM) project at their annual meeting in New Orleans. At this free, one-day dental clinic for the local community, 1,100 volunteers from 40 states provided $386,493 worth of care, 785 patient visits, 410 restorative procedures, 553 surgical procedures, 663 preventive procedures, 51 partial dentures, and 10 sets of full dentures. Recently, the ADA’s second MOM project in San Antonio was another huge success with over 900 volunteers from 36 states and 10 countries helping 1,207 patients and providing $526,474 in dental treatment. Through these charitable efforts, ADA leaves a lasting impact on the host city for their convention.

(Editor’s note: Catherine Mills, CMP, Director, Council on ADA Session, is GMC’s President-Elect.)

The Friends of Marlene is a volunteer group comprised of mostly meeting professionals and industry suppliers from the Chicago area. The group formed to honor the memory of Marlene Hetzel Palmerson, a long-time industry volunteer who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Through multiple fundraising events, Friends of Marlene directs 100% of their funds to benefit the Supportive Oncology Program at the Maggie Daley Center. To date, they have raised nearly $200,000 to support patient services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition consultation, individual and family counseling and appearance enhancement.