"Whiten for Charity" Annual "Do Good" Campaign
Since 2016, the team at Marion Smile Center has raised more than $113,600 to benefit local organizations. At the beginning of each year, Dr. Marion and his team select a deserving local charity to “Do Good.”
Past local charities that they have raised funds for include:
Dr. Marion’s team then contacts the selected charity and asks how they can best help. Oftentimes, the organization is trying to raise money for a special project. For example, one year, the Zelienople - Harmony Fire Department requested that we raise money to purchase a newer, better infra-red camera to help locate people and pets during fire and other rescues. This past year, the Historical Society needed funding to help paint and preserve the historical Buhl House.
Once they verify the IRS charitable status of the local organization, Marion Smile Center partners with the local charity and together they both reach out to the people in the community to inform them how they can whiten their teeth at Marion Smile Center, creating a more beautiful smile, AND help the charity. Marion Smile Center develops and prints signage, website banners, and social media campaigns. From March 1 through June 30, we give 100% of the proceeds from the donations that we receive during our WHITEN FOR CHARITY campaign. During this four-month campaign, patients whiten their teeth at our office. We donate our time and office. Opalescence, a global leader in professional teeth whitening, donates the product.
100% of our regular whitening fees are paid for by our patients directly to the Smiles for Life Foundation, a charity for underprivileged children. At the end of the four-month campaign period, the Smiles for Life Foundation tabulates the Marion Smile Center donations and sends one check to us to present to the local charity.
The following is a partial listing of the charities that Marion Smile Center and our patients have proudly helped.
2023: Marion Smile Center raises $11,643 to help Zelienople - Harmony Public Library Expand AND support Historical Society
It’s safe to say that Marion Smile Center’s 8th annual Whiten for Charity campaign has been yet another success! A huge thank you to our Zelienople - Harmony community and local specialists who donated $11,643 to whiten teeth for charity in 2023. During March 1 - June 30, 2023, Marion Smile Center raised $6,187 to help our local Zelienople – Harmony Public library expand and underprivileged children throughout the world with dental needs. In 2023, Dr. Mark Marion and his team reached their $10,000 pledge to the library by donating the remaining $2,798 toward the Children’s Wing addition to help give kids a fun space to learn and grow.
Since so many beautiful smiles whitened for charity this year, Marion Smile Center was able to also donate $2,541 to the local Zelienople Historical Society to assist in re-painting the Buhl House to help preserve the history in our beautiful town. The remaining $5,339 was donated to help underprivileged children all throughout the world with dental needs through the Smiles for Life Foundation.
2023: Dr. Mark Marion Donates $1,000 to Juvenile Diabetes
Dr. Marion and his wife, Kimberly, attended a charitable event benefiting Juvenile Diabetes at the 31st Annual Gala at Westin Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Great cause, great event! Dr. Marion, among most health care providers, recognizes the scientific link between diabetes and dental health. Improving diabetes improves dental health and the opposite as well. Improving dental health improves diabetic, systematic, and overall health. The effects of good dental health on infection in the body have resulted in many M.D.s now requiring dental health assessments and removing any infection in the mouth before a patient can undergo a scheduled surgery. We are one of those offices that routinely performs these M.D. required dental examinations and any periodontal treatments needed to remove active infection in the mouth from spreading to the rest of the body, such as the heart. To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) or to donate, click here.
2022: Marion Smile Center Raises $11,225 to Help Zelienople - Harmony Public Library Expand
In 2022, Marion Smile Center was able to raise $11,225 to benefit our local Zelienople - Harmony Public Library and underprivileged children throughout the world! When YOU Whiten your Teeth at Marion Smile Center, WE Donate 100% to Charity! Back in 2016, we were able to gift the Library $5,000 to help keep it running smoothly. This year they reached back out to us and Dr. Marion has pledged to donate $10,000 over the next few years to go directly to the Library to assist in funding a new 3,000 square foot addition and renovation. So far, we have raised $6,187 to go directly to the library, while $5,037 will go to the Smiles for Life foundation, which helps underprivileged children with dental needs. We are so excited to partner with the library again next year and raise the remaining $3,813 of our $10,000 pledge to give the children in our community a comfortable and welcoming new
Children’s Wing to help future generations learn, read, and grow!
To learn more about how you can Whiten Your Teeth for Charity, click here.
2022: Marion Smile Center Team Donates Time & Dental Expertise in Memphis, TN
Dr. Mark Marion and his team went to Memphis, TN to work alongside RAM (Remote Area Medical) to help those who have been unable to afford dental care for years and in desperate need. In the past 35 years, RAM has been a blessing to many while providing free care for over 900,000 patients, totaling over $181.5 million in dental, vision, and medical services. RAM's free pop-up clinics provide quality services to underserved and uninsured individuals all over the U.S. who do not have access or cannot afford a doctor.
To learn more about doing good with RAM, click here. The other 1/2 of the 2022 funds raised were donated to the Smiles for Life Charity to help underprivileged children.
2021: Marion Smile Center Raises $15,000 to Benefit Zelienople – Harmony Food Bank
For many of us, including the team at Marion Smile Center, we were fortunate during the COVID pandemic to be able to keep working. As health care providers, we were considered an essential business and remained open to provide necessary dental treatment. However, many from the nearby areas lost their jobs or had reduced work schedules, causing financial hardships.
The wonderful volunteers at the local food bank informed us that the demand by local area residents for food at their site doubled during this time. That’s why we selected the Zelienople – Harmony Food Bank to be the Marion Smile Center 2021 annual WHITEN FOR CHARITY campaign recipient. Due to the generosity of our patients and commitment from our team, 1/2 of the total monies raised in 2021 were given to the Food Bank. This allowed the Food Bank to feed an additional 150 families for three months and purchase additional shelving needed to stock the extra food. The other 1/2 of the 2021 funds raised were donated to the Smiles for Life Charity to help underprivileged children.
2020: Marion Smile Center Raises $10,500 Toward Dental Humanitarian Trip
As part of our annual charitable contributions, we raised more than $10,500 to benefit the Smiles for Life Foundation, which supports dental humanitarian efforts. Our team planned on volunteering time at a Dominican Republic dental clinic to provide free dental care. Due to COVID travel restrictions, our dental humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic was rescheduled twice, then moved to Honduras, and eventually cancelled due to Honduras being considered too dangerous at that time for travel. However, the organization is a worthy one and the donations were used to fund future dental clinics.
2019: Marion Smile Center Raises $16,500 to Benefit Zelienople – Harmony Fire Department
As part of our annual charitable contributions, we raised more than $16,500 to benefit the local fire department, Harmony Fire District 22, and the Smiles for Life Foundation. We asked the fire department volunteers how we could best help them help others. They responded with the request to fund the purchase of newer and better camera equipment. This equipment can locate people and pets in burning houses, find people thrown from their vehicles in car accidents at night, and help firefighters find their way out of smoke-filled buildings. The money we raised was sufficient to purchase one new camera.
2018: Marion Smile Center Raises $15,000 to Benefit Zelienople Community Park
The Zelienople Community Park features baseball fields, walking and mountain bike trails, pickleball courts, a playground, skatepark, pool, shelters, and an amphitheater. Marion Smile Center earmarked its donation to fund the adaptive play area, so children with special needs can enjoy playing there, as well.
2017: Marion Smile Center Raises $14,000 to Benefit Zelienople Community Pool
The recent Zelienople Community Pool renovations made it an even better place for local people to swim and play. There is a diving board, slide, sitting area, floats in the pool, new kiddie area, and lounge chairs. With a concession stand and tables to sit, it makes for a beautiful way to spend a warm summer day. For decades now, local children have learned to swim at this community pool, including Dr. Marion’s own children. We are proud to POOL together and contribute to this great community asset!
2016: Marion Smile Center Raises $11,000 to Benefit Zelienople Library
As part of our annual charity campaign, we raised almost $11,000, with 50% of it going to our local Zelienople Library and the remainder to Smiles for Life Foundation. Shrinking municipal budgets combined with the exponential growth of technology in recent years makes the cultural and community offerings at public libraries more important than ever.
The Zelienople Library does incredible work strengthening our community and enhancing our cultural experiences. New moms have a chance to connect at story times for babies; elderly people, often facing life transitions, attend events and make new friends; teenagers have a safe, productive place to meet up after school; and readers can get together to discuss books and current events.
Video: Dr. Marion & Smiles for Life
Dr. Marion discusses his charity work with Smiles for Life. Watch the video now:
At Marion Smile Center, doing good for the local community is important to us – and it shows in all the charitable work we do. Find out more about how we can serve you and your family’s dental needs by calling us at (724) 452-4300 or simply request your appointment now.