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February 2010
Hillcrest Dental Care Fund Drive Reaches Goal 02/03/2010

Hillcrest Dental Care, a division of Hillcrest Educational Centers, has successfully reached its fundraising goal of $130,000 to construct and equip two new treatment operatories. Construction by David J. Tierney, Jr. Incorporated is underway and should be completed by mid-February.

Through community support and private donations received in the successful fund campaign, Hillcrest will enable to meet the growing need for oral health services. This expansion allows Hillcrest Dental to take on 2,000 additional patients and will create four new full time jobs, including two dentists.

Hillcrest President Gerard Burke said, "We are deeply grateful to all of those who supported us in this effort. The generous gifts we have received, and the incredible dedication and energy of our campaign volunteers, are especially meaningful given the difficult economic climate we all face."

A $25,000 donation from Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America helped push the campaign to its goal. Berkshire Life President Gordon Dinsmore said, "Supporting the work of Hillcrest Dental Care goes hand-in-hand with our own mission as a provider of disability and long term care insurance. It made abundant sense to us to partner with Hillcrest in order to make these critical services available to those in Berkshire County who need them the most."

Burke said, "A special thanks to our generous lead donor, Berkshire Life. This fundraising effort shows people believe in the work we do at Hillcrest Dental. We are pleased to be able to ensure quality and accessible oral healthcare for the most vulnerable members of our community."

Other significant support to help complete the campaign was provided by: Crescent Creamery; Smith Watson and Company; Lee Bank; and South Adams Savings Bank.

Hillcrest Dental Care is the exclusive or primary provider to Soldier On, Berkshire County Arc, Riverbrook Residence for Women, Berkshire Meadows, Hillcrest, Kolburne and Eagleton schools, as well as numerous long-term care and assisted-living facilities. Nearly 2,000 of their patients are children under the age of 16.

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