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Loyola students, alumni help transform Mardi Gras World into charity dental clinic

November 1, 2013

Tomorrow, more than 200 Loyola University New Orleans students and alumni will help transform Mardi Gras World located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl. in New Orleans into a massive, pop-up dental clinic expected to treat some 1,000 low-income patients. The Loyola volunteers are setting up for the American Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy one-day charity dental clinic Nov. 3, made possible by support from the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and America’s Dentists Care Foundation.

The Loyola volunteer effort is part of the university’s national day of community service called Wolves on the Prowl. Each year, hundreds of alumni and students exemplify the Jesuit tradition of dedicating their lives to the service of others by participating in Wolves on the Prowl. While New Orleans volunteers will help set up the 100-chair charity dental clinic, 22 different alumni chapters nationwide will also participate in service projects in their own communities.

The charity dental clinic the Loyola students and alumni are helping to set up in New Orleans offers on a first-come, first-served basis free basic dental care such as fillings, extractions and cleanings for patients in need citywide. The New Orleans event represents the first time the American Dental Association has hosted a charity dental clinic in conjunction with its Annual Session held Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Along with Loyola’s Wolves on the Prowl volunteers, the event includes more than 1,000 volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, students and community workers from across the state of Louisiana and the nation donating their time and services to staff the clinic.

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