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Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Foundation Mission of Mercy is offering free dental care on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Dr. Lynn Lepak-McSorley, state chair of WDA Mission of Mercy and MATC faculty member, said the event “provides care to anyone who has difficulty getting in to see a dentist. Those who show up for care (children and adults) and don’t have any medically compromising conditions that would prohibit them from receiving care are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.”

According to Dr. Lepak-McSorley, the WDA Mission of Mercy held its first event in 2009 and it ran annually until 2016 when it became an every-other-year event. She said, “This year’s event is the ninth WDA Mission of Mercy in Wisconsin.”

Dr. Lepak-McSorley said, “More than 1,000 licensed dentists and dental hygienists, dental team members, students and faculty from MATC and other technical colleges and Marquette University School of Dentistry, along with general community volunteers, will be volunteering their time and skills to support this large-scale dental clinic that will provide an estimated $1 million in free care to some 2,000 patients in just two days.” She continued, “Currently, we have five volunteers signed up who have identified their company or group as MATC in the registration process. As we are actively recruiting volunteers, this is a preliminary number that will change as we get closer to the event.”

Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for the two-day, free dental clinic. There are no appointments. It is first come, first served; there are no eligibility or income requirements. Dr. Lepak-McSorley said, “This year, the WDA Foundation is generously covering the cost of parking for volunteers and patients at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds, 8200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis.” For more information, check out the Mission of Mercy website at www.wda.org/wda-foundation/mission-of-mercy.

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