The Junior League Partners with Colgate-Palmolive to Provide Free Dental Care to Kids in Need

Leagues will provide ‘community connections’ for the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® program

New York, NY– September 4, 2013 –Reflecting a decades-long commitment to children’s health and welfare, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. ( is launching a partnership with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®(  (BSBF) to connect the program, one of the most successful children's oral health initiatives in the world, with 293 independent Junior Leagues in four countries.

BSBFprovides free dental screenings, oral health education and treatment referrals to children ages 1-12 through its fleet of mobile dental vans. These vans travel to underserved rural and urban communities, reaching over 1,000 towns and more than 10 million children each year.

Susan Danish, AJLI’s Executive Director, said, “We look forward to working with Colgate to educate children far and wide about the importance of oral health. Because of its commitment to oral health for at-risk children and their families, Colgate is a great partner for our Leagues, which are committed to creating lasting community impact on important issues just like this. So Colgate will provide the vans, and our Leagues will provide the community connections!”

“One of the keys to our success has been the community partnerships that we have formed with dynamic, dedicated service organizations like the Junior Leagues,” said Dawna Michelle Fields, National Program Manager, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. “For many families, finding access to affordable dental care and oral health information continues to be a challenge. Partnering with the Junior Leagues will enhance our efforts to reach children in need.”

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® is among the most far-reaching, successful children's oral health initiatives in the world. Through long-standing partnerships with governments, schools and communities, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® has reached more than 650 million children and their families across 80 countries with free dental screenings and oral health education.

About The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, creating demonstrable community impact.

Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is comprised of more than 155,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, they constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world.

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