School of Dentistry celebrates expansion of UCLA Venice Dental Center

Media Contact

Sandra Shagat

WHAT:

The UCLA School of Dentistry will formally dedicate the new pediatric dentistry wing at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, recognizing the project's donors for their longstanding generosity and celebrating the official launch of the new community-based pediatric dentistry residency training program.

WHO:

The following project donors will be honored at the event:

  • Bob Wilson '53 and Marion Wilson '50, UCLA alumni whose close relationship with their alma mater goes back more than half a century, as students, volunteer leaders and philanthropists. Bob led Campaign UCLA, the campus's record-setting fundraising initiative, which concluded in 2005. Marion is a past president of UCLA Women & Philanthropy and has served as a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors. In April 2006, the Wilsons received the UCLA Medal in recognition of their extraordinary service to the university.
  • Peggy Bloomfield, a longtime friend of charitable causes in the Los Angeles community, who is particularly well known as a staunch antismoking advocate — a passion she shared with her late husband, William Bloomfield '45, UCLA alumnus and a former member of the School of Dentistry's Board of Counselors.
  • Tom Wilson, who served as the pro bono project manager for the dental center expansion, proudly carrying on his family's tradition of supporting this vitally important community-based clinic.

WHEN:

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12

  • 9:30 a.m.: Reception
  • 10 a.m.: Recognition and ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Tours of the clinic and a community oral health fair

WHERE:

323 South Lincoln Blvd. (at southwest corner of intersection with Rose Avenue), Venice, Calif. 90291

BACKGROUND:

Since 1969, the UCLA School of Dentistry has operated a full-service dental clinic in Venice, meeting the oral health care needs of the Westside community. In the mid-1980s, UCLA alumni Bob Wilson, Gerald Jennings and Bill Bloomfield contributed and raised the funds necessary to purchase and renovate the Venice building where the school's faculty, staff and students currently conduct more than 15,000 patient visits per year. One year ago, the Wilson and Bloomfield families joined efforts once again to fund and manage the creation of a dedicated seven-chair pediatric dentistry wing to serve as the home of a new community-based pediatric dentistry residency program and to provide much-needed care to the children of Venice and surrounding neighborhoods.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sandra Shagat, director of communications, UCLA School of Dentistry, (310) 206-0835

PARKING:

Free parking will be available at the CVS store lot at the northwest corner of the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue.

Media Contact:
Sandra Shagat