Thanks to their unbelievable generosity and community support, Eagle Falls Dentistry was awarded Best Friend of Illinois Parks (Small Business) at the Illinois Association of Park District's Best of the Best Awards Gala held October 13 at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling.
With involvement in over 20 community organizations in Bloomingdale; residents receive critical education on keeping teeth functional and healthy, finding and treating dental problems before they become major, and staying informed on the latest cosmetic dentistry to allow everyone to smile brightly.
The mutually-beneficial partnership between Eagle Falls and the Bloomingdale Park District entered its fifth year in 2017, with involvement and benefits increasing each year since its inception. As a primary/major sponsor of the Park District’s major events listed below, Eagle Falls Dentistry impacts the community year-round.
- At the Bunny Bash held each spring, Eagle Falls employees pass out hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpastes to parents and children in addition to hosting a “Pin the Teeth on the Easter Bunny” game.
- At the Lunchtime Funtime Children’s Entertainment Series in the summer, Eagle Falls passes out inflatable beach balls, as well as other prizes, to enhance the entertainment experience for little ones.
- At the Halloween Party in the fall, a joint venture with the Village of Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Public Library and Park District; Eagle Falls again passes out hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpastes. In addition, they collect unwanted candy to donate to support the service men and women of our country through the United Service Organization (USO), as well as limit the amount of candy eaten by children. All candy collected is sent in care packages to troops overseas. In addition to the candy, Eagle Falls donates 1,000 rolls of toilet paper, 1,000 toothbrushes, 1,000 toothpastes and 1,000 dental flosses to the USO.
- At the Festival of Lights in the winter, Eagle Falls is a major sponsor of the event that sparks a sense of pride and service in Bloomingdale, while also attracting visitors from surrounding towns, benefiting local business. Additionally, Eagle Falls employees help administer the Holiday Train Rides for children.
Perhaps more important than event sponsorships, though, are the educational sessions Eagle Falls presents to the Park District’s preschools and before- and after-school programs. Teaching children proper oral care at a young age is an investment in their health that pays lifelong dividends. Eagle Falls’ engaging and fun method of instruction entertains children while also encouraging proper oral care.
“We enjoy getting out of the office and educating today's youth about oral healthcare and how it plays a vital role in your overall health,” said Tanya Szatkowski, marketing consultant at Eagle Falls. “When attending the park district events, we have the chance to talk to the kids of the community and establish a relationship with them. Talking specifically about oral health is the ideal, but if we aren't able to do that for one reason or another, we're at least able to be a happy, inviting face to the ‘Dentist’ and hopefully lessen some of the fear or anxiety associated with going to the dentist. This isn’t possible without the Park District’s help.”
Dr. Adam Szatkowski, whose father began the family business as the first dental practice in Bloomingdale in 1972 under the name of Associated Dental Care, puts it best.
“It is our responsibility to support the children in our community,” Szatkowski says.
Eagle Falls’ commitment to the community’s youth can also be seen on every Park District summer camper. The logo is prominently displayed on the back of T-shirts for each of the Park District’s five camps.
The partnership also includes a variety of advertising and marketing benefits for Eagle Falls. The dentistry has full-page ads in the Park District’s seasonal program catalogs, and its logo is included as a corporate partner in the Park District’s major communications vehicles (brochure, enewsletter, website, etc.).
Finally, Eagle Falls doesn’t just impact the community through the Park District. As stated before, they are an active sponsor/partner with over 20 organizations/groups including local elementary schools, Teen Missions International, Bloomingdale and Carol Stream chambers of commerce, Les Turner ALS Foundation and United Service Organization.
“What started as a minor relationship has turned into a major partnership,” said Bloomingdale Park District Executive Director Carrie Fullerton. “Our common goal of creating a healthy, vibrant community has allowed for numerous opportunities for collaboration at a variety of venues. Our team loves working with the Eagle Falls team because they are a group of engaged, passionate professionals working together to make our community the best it can be.”