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Firelands Symphony Orchestra; Local Performances That Dazzle

July 23rd, 2019

Have you heard about our local Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO)? Dr. Stefano is a regular in the audience and an avid supporter of the symphony.

How'd it get started? If you haven't seen their website, here's more information about Firelands Symphony. 36 years ago, a small group of musicians gathered to present a concert to a group of their friends in a downtown Sandusky church. Encouraged by the support from the community, the group flourished and after years of performances and community engagement, developed into the professional orchestra you see today.

The orchestra, first known as The Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra, began under the direction of Timothy Claughbaugh who has served as the organist for St. Mary’s Church in Sandusky since 1982. It was at this time that the organization changed its name to The Firelands Symphony Orchestra and was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Under the direction of Santos Perez the orchestra grew, however it was not until May of 2008 when Carl Topilow was engaged to lead the FSO.

Since Maestro Topilow’s appointment as music director and conductor, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra has expanded to include not only local musicians and instructors, but students from both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

If you haven't attended a performance yet, it's not too late. Check out their schedule, and bring the whole family.

It's a local show, supporting the local community. And you get to see the amazing talent that's in our area.



Toothbrush Trot 5K Relay Builds Handicap-Accessible Playground

July 17th, 2019

We're having a 5K Toothbrush Trot Relay Race to kick-off on Sat. Aug 10 at Osborn MetroPark in Huron, Ohio from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The relay will support the Capable Kids Playground Project, a handicap-accessible playground in Toledo, Ohio. The public is invited to register for the relay at www.iamathlete.com.

The 5K Relay Race will consist of teams of three people, each running or walking 1.04 miles while passing a toothbrush as a baton. A Capable Kids Playground Project costs approximately $90,000 to build.

The Capable Kids organization, based in Toledo, Ohio helps children with impairments ranging from being in wheelchairs, wearing leg braces, having difficulty with their balance, and being unaware of safety norms, along with a collection of medical diagnoses. Currently, Capable Kids has an adjacent lot next to their building, but no playground equipment for their students.

“This event is special for me, as a mother of two, young special-needs kids, we appreciate handicap accessible playgrounds so much,” said Alexa Klassen, DDS, associate dentist at Stefano Dental of Sandusky, Ohio. “I’m grateful for the support of Dr. Stefano and our team to help us build the Capable Kids Playground Project, near my home in Woodson, Ohio,” said Dr. Klassen.

Stefano Dentals has already gained the support of 20 additional dental offices and businesses to sponsor the race.  In addition to the race, there will be a Dental Health Fair where participants can get information about oral health.

Please help us help these kids! If you're a company or organization that wants to be part of the relay, please don't hesitate to call us or sign-up online!

Thank you!


Happy July 4th

July 8th, 2019

From our Stefano Dental family to yours, we wanted to wish you a fabulous July 4th holiday.

Taking a time out, a pause, from our daily routine is always a great way to refresh, renew, and restart.

July 4th is a great time to reconnect with family and friends with food, celebration and fireworks, and a time to remember all the military families that have sacrificed so much for our independence.

Whether you celebrate in your own backyard or do something spectacular like enjoy the fireworks in New York City or the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., find a way to take time out this holiday week.

For those in the 24/7 service business, like police, fire and medical personnel, thank you for you service on these holidays.

Dr. Stefano enjoys fireworks on Lake Erie, with her husband and daughters. It's a time to enjoy local friends and visit with neighbors.

However you enjoy the holiday, make sure you practice fireworks safety, and beat the heat by using sunblock and staying hydrated.

Remember it's easy to get dehydrated especially if you're enjoying adult beverages. So fill up on the water bottles.

And if the heat is not your cup of tea, there are several wonderful firework shows that are previewed on TV, like the PBS Capitol Fourth.

Whether you choose sun or shade, take some time to re-calibrate this July 4th. Independence Day comes once a year---many take time out to vacation, travel and take a break.

We wish you a wonderful, safe July 4th holiday!

Raising $7K for Sandusky Care and Share

July 3rd, 2019

We did it! You did it! You whitened your teeth, and we made brighter smiles not only with patients but with our Sandusky Care and Share! That's right. The local Care and Share helps those in need of food and necessities in our local Sandusky area.

And we're giving $7,000 back. It all started with offering whitening, but so many of you went above and beyond to help those in need.

Giving is infectious and when you get started, it's hard to stop. What a great way to help others become independent, on Independence Day.

Children and families all over our community will be able to rest easier having the supplies they need to take care of their families.

Whether you gave a little or a lot, it all counted. It all mattered. We're thrilled to be able to make difference in our own backyard.

We love to give for some many reasons, but one is that we get to show others how easy it is to give, how easy it is to create a 'wave' of giving---that once someone starts giving, others follow and help the cause.

So if you have a great idea, or want to start giving to a particular cause---find a way to begin  and then spread the news. No matter who are, you can make difference in helping others.

Thank you to our patients, with extra sparkling teeth this summer, for donating to our local Care and Share. Your smile might be brighter, but so are so many lives too.

Thank you!

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