Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic Raises Funds for Dental Care for Underserved Children

November 11, 2015


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The winning Lake Course foursome accepts a trophy during the evening reception.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's 18th annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic brought together special guests, sponsors, dental school alumni, friends and volunteers for a day on the links at the renowned Olympic Club in San Francisco.  This year's event attracted more than 200 golfers, the largest turnout in the history of the tournament.

The Oct. 26 fundraiser grossed more than $100,000, with net proceeds benefitting the school's Kids in the Klinic Endowment. Kids in the Klinic is a volunteer-led program designed to help underserved children throughout Northern California. Its mission is to raise funds to provide much-needed oral health care for children at the dental school's pediatric and orthodontic clinics. Many of these children do not have access to dental care and some have extreme medical problems, birth defects or other debilitating conditions. The need is great. 37% of two- and three-year-olds in California have never been to the dentist. These rates are even lower for California's poorest young children. By kindergarten, more than 50% of children in California have already experienced dental decay and 28% have untreated decay.  

This year's Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic winning foursome for the Lake Course was the Charles Hendricks/Hope & Grace team (Jason Boldt, Ron Boldt, Charles Hendricks and Byron Schlaugenhauf). The winning foursome on the Ocean Course was Team Fox (Bob Miroyan, Les Pelio, Jon Shank and John Ziegler).

Participating special guests beyond the field of dentistry included Golden State Warriors "hype" man Franco Finn, Warriors television broadcaster Jim Barnett, former San Francisco 49ers players J.J. Stokes and Darryl Pollard, former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Warren Brusstar, former NFL defensive coordinator Ron Lynn, former Stanford basketball standout Kamba Tshionyi and Harlem Globetrotter basketball star Roy Byrd. Jazz saxophone player and golfer Mike Phillips opened up the event by performing an inspiring version of the national anthem on his saxophone. Golf long-ball hitting champs Rob Oristaglio and Patrick Cochrell from Charity Golf International were also on hand to demonstrate their distinctive driving talents on two holes of the course. 

"It was great to see the Dugoni School community and so many other supporters come out for a day on the course to benefit this important cause for children," said Interim Dean Dr. Nader A. Nadershahi. "The warm weather at the start, popular on-course burger dogs and opportunities to socialize at the reception contributed to a very fun and successful event."

The event featured numerous corporate supporters, including media sponsor NBC Bay Area, driving range sponsor Invisalign® and the following sponsors:  Bank of San Francisco; Dr. Braden W. Beck; Bittner Beautiful Smiles; California Bank of Commerce; Cocofloss; Dorian A. Dodds, DDS; Arthur A. Dugoni —Dean Emeritus; Fortune Management; Goodman Dental Center; Bjorn Haug Construction Consulting; Dr. Eddie Hayashida; Heritage Bank of Commerce; hope & grace; Curtis Howard, D.D.S. Family Dentistry; Judy's Family Farm; Kavo Kerr Group; Komatsu & Sims, DDS Inc.; Mancuso Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency, Inc.; Mooberry & Mooberry; Mark Booth Murphy; Northern Practice Sales; Palisades Dental; SageView Advisory Group; Team Superstores; TIAA-CREF; Tiret & Co.; T.I.C. Traffic International Corp.; Law Offices of Daryl Weinroth and Stephen C. Yao, BDS, DDS, MSD.

Hope & grace winery hosted a wine tasting as part of the event and provided a team of volunteers led by Tiffany (Chloe) Yarris. In addition, representatives from IfOnly were on the Lake Course interacting with golfers and giving out prizes, and the 2016 U.S. Women's Open at CordeValle featured a display of their tournament trophy for on-course photo opps and fun selfie moments. Team Chevrolet provided two cars for the hole-in-one contest and JetBlue Challenge provided a variety of raffle prizes, giveaways and silent and live auction items.  

The golf classic event would not have been possible without the support of many volunteers, including staff from the dental school, and volunteers from Henry Schein (Keith Wilson and Enzo Milano) and Patterson Dental (Ann Miligin and Elizabeth Dygert). Co-chairs of the event were Pacific Dugoni Foundation board member Dr. Doug Yarris '83 and Steve Molinelli. Other members of the organizing committee were Dr. Brady Beck, Dr. Jerry Bittner, Jr., Dr. Art Dugoni, Mrs. Janet Chan Fricke, Dr. Eddie Hayashida, Dr. Gary Low, Mr. Sean Metter, Mr. Gary Mitchell, Dr. Nader Nadershahi, Mr. Jeff Rhode, Mr. Dan Soine, Dr. Dan Tanita, Mr. Steve Tiret, Dr. Bill van Dyk and Dr. Craig Yarborough.

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The school is already planning next year's Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24, 2016 at the Olympic Club. For details about becoming a sponsor, please contact the school's Office of Development at 415.929.6431.

Those interested in supporting Kids in the Klinic and other community outreach programs at the Dugoni School of Dentistry are invited to visit to make an online gift.