Saturday, April 27 at 5:30 pm at The American Spirit Centre

About the Event

Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the American Spirit Centre

The Stars, Stripes & Smiles Fundraiser is an uplifting event dedicated to supporting VINA Community Dental Center, a nonprofit committed to enhancing oral health and overall well-being by providing low-cost dental care to low-income, uninsured individuals, with a special emphasis on improving the lives of veterans through two impactful programs offering free dental care for these men and women in need.

Ticket includes:

  • Dancing and music
  • Buffet dinner
    • Entrees: chicken marsala, baked white fish, roast beef with gravy
    • Sides: rice pilaf, garlic mashed redskin potatoes, creamy bowtie Alfredo
    • Vegetables: green beans Almandine, honey glazed carrots
    • Dessert: assortment table 
  • Access to various raffles, wine and beer pulls and more
  • FREE entry into a door prize raffle for all attendees

At this event, we will be drawing the winner of the Corvette raffle! To learn more about that raffle, click here.

Veteran Honor Roll

Connor Smith, Army

Evan Schwimmer, Army

Lt. Col. H.R. Petersburg, USAF 

Michael "Mick" Jorgens, Army

Capt. James L. Fenton, M.D., Army

Sgt. William Abraham Androsian, Air Force & Army

Capt. Ronald Paler, USAF

Lt. Regina Ridley, Army Nurse

Greg Gagner, Marines

Bob Warren, USAF


 Lake Trust Credit Union 

 The State Bank 

 Bank of Ann Arbor 

 FreightVerify, Inc.


Dr. David Betcher, DMD

  Benco Dental - Threasa Liddell 

 TNT Orthodontics 

 Angelo & Sons Foundation 

 Courtney Atsalakis 

 Drs. Donald & Sandra LaTurno 

 Scott & Sue Ward 

 Dr. Deb de Laski-Smith & Gene Smith 

 Uniplas, Inc 

Door Prize Sponsor:

Single Barrel Social

Flower Sponsor:

 Ida Bergsma 

Media Sponsor:

 The Marketeer 

Thank you all sponsors for spreading smiles in our community! 

About VINA

VINA is a nonprofit dental clinic serving low-income, uninsured adults in Livingston County. 

Dental appointments only cost patients $25 and cleanings are $10 thanks to the generous support of grantors, donors and event attendees.

VINA patients are often older adults on fixed incomes, young adults aging out of insurance, part-time employees, small business employees, people who've recently lost insurance (divorce, loss of a job, etc.) and anyone else who fits the qualifications!

Recently, VINA patients shared what VINA means to them: 

"Your zeal for those of us less fortunate than others has granted to each patient optimism and comfort by way of your example of selflessness. You are walking and working people of grace.

When my wife and I first came to VINA, we did not know what to expect. Our teeth and oral hygiene were at great risk and our comfort level was uncertain.

It was YOU who put a new perspective on everything for our oral health. It was YOU who comforted matter what chair or which doctor or student was making us "whole" again. It was YOU, who with smiling faces welcomed us at each visit, as if "we were coming home" again."

VINA collaborates with local organization to help low-income veterans receive free dental care. 

The Victors for Veterans Program is run by Dr. Howard Hamerink through the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. This program provides free, comprehensive care to veterans in a seven-county area. VINA is one of three host sites throughout the state and has nearly 20 clinic dates annually for this program. Dental students provide the care for these patients under the supervision of local volunteer dentists, including Dr. Howard Hamerink, Dr. Ken Marriott, Dr. Matt Matuszak and Dr. Bill Metz. 

VINA and Livingston County Veteran Services also work together to provide free dental care to qualifying veterans in Livingston County. Veterans registered both with VINA and LCVS can have their appointment fees covered by LCVS. This helps connect Livingston County veterans in need with more resources that are available to them.