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October 23rd, 2013

"Smiles for Life" helps Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lane McEwan, DDS (center) and her staff - Krissy Karras, Marilyn Valencia, and Denise Gualtieri - present Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County Executive Director Nancy Kosloski (second from left) with a donation check for $1,380, the local contribution from McEwan’s Smiles For Life Campaign run this past summer.

NEWBURGH – Dr. Lane McEwan’s (DDS of Newburgh) discounted summer teeth whitening services donated all the profits to children’s charities nationwide through the Smiles For Life Campaign. The local result certainly brightened smiles for children at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, with a check in the amount of $1,380 to support the agency’s 1-to-1 mentoring programs.

This mentoring program is currently the only Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the Mid- Hudson Valley, reaching out to children facing adversity and connecting them with trained volunteer mentors who open up new horizons and perspectives, share important life skills, and offer the caring friendship and guidance the children need to succeed.

Dr. McEwan knows the impact – and the rewards – of mentoring very well. She has served as a Big Sister three times, continuously over the past 16 years, and has seen the difference a mentor can make. Her first "Little" has actually gone on to be a dental hygienist and they recently reunited to catch up on each other!

"We rely on business and community partnerships like this one, to keep our programs growing and going strong for kids in need", said Nancy Kosloski, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Dr. McEwan’s deep understanding of our mission, and her thoughtfulness and generosity are invaluable to us. This gift not only increases awareness of our mission and work, but also helps us fund a match for an entire year. We are very grateful."

To become a Business Mentoring Partner, or for more about the variety of other ways your business can be involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit or contact Marci Gurton at / (845) 562-5900 x12.

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