Area Dentist Uses Whiter Smiles to Brighten the Lives of Kennedy Krieger Kids

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April 13, 2006
Unique Program Benefits Children with Autism & Local Residents

(BALTIMORE, MD) - Today, the dentistry team at downtown Baltimore's Federal Hill Smiles announced that during the next three months, professional teeth whitening procedures will be generously offered in exchange for patients' personal donations to local and national children's charities.

Fifty-percent of the funds will go directly to Kennedy Krieger Institute's LEAP program - an intensive, special education program that teaches functional life skills to many of Maryland's children and adolescents diagnosed with autism. The remaining funds will be distributed to national children's charities through the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.

As an incentive to encourage area residents to participate, Federal Hill Smiles is requesting a donation that is a 40% savings off the standard fee for the whitening procedure, ensuring that this unique program benefits everyone!

"As the mother of a child with autism, I have seen first hand the positive impact that Kennedy Krieger's LEAP program can have on a child," said Dr. Denise Markoff of Federal Hill Smiles. "This fundraising effort will help ensure that many other families in our communities also benefit from the program."

This is part of an annual campaign organized by the Crown Council, an association of elite dentists throughout North American of which Drs. Markoff and Klotz of Federal Hill Smiles are members. Their charity organization, the Smiles for Life Foundation, has raised more than $20 million dollars since it was organized in 1998. The funds have benefited over 500 children's charities.

For more information, visit www.federalhillsmiles.com or call 410-727-3388. You can whiten your smile and brighten the life of a child through June 30, 2006.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 12,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Inquiries:

Elise Babbitt, Kennedy Krieger Institute
(443) 923-7330
babbitte@kennedykrieger.org

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