New York City’s Smile Design Gallery might offer one of the coolest approaches to giving we’ve ever seen.
Since its inception last spring, the out-of-the-box charity, founded by celebrity dentist Dr. Lee Gause, provides complimentary dental services to uninsured people through various art shows/auctions with several celebrities and artists, including Swizz Beatz, Fab Five Freddy, A$AP TyY, Angelo Romano and Chi Modu.
The art shows are normally held every month at various locations around Manhattan, from the luxurious Hudson Hotel to the famed Riverside Church. With $300,000 raised thus far, the next event is scheduled for July 9 at SoHo’s Martin Lawrence Gallery. Japan-born Takashi Murakami, who’s worked with Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is one of the many artists who will be featured throughout the evening.
The concept behind SDG might be a little unconventional, but it seems to be working considering the fact that more than 500 uninsured people were treated within the past year. To date, approximately 126 million Americans lack dental coverage, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.
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