Celebrating Dental School Donors

Published October 2013


Jack Zazzaro, DMD '81 '84 and
Monique Marchetti-Zazzaro

Saying thanks is integral to all of the UConn Foundation’s fundraising work. National Philanthropy Day (November 15) provides a perfect opportunity to honor donors not only for their most recent gift, but for their lifetime of giving.  

This month, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for the UConn Health Center presented a special Celebration of Philanthropy for donors to the School of Dental Medicine in recognition of National Philanthropy Day.

“Our Celebration of Philanthropy enables us to recognize donors for the substantial impact they have made, and give them an opportunity to meet fellow supporters and connect one on one with the dean and faculty,” says event manager Betsy Pigeon, associate director of donor relations.

For the School of Dental Medicine’s event on October 9, Pigeon booked the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Conn., housed in a gorgeously restored 1830s hosiery factory and featuring a working carousel, which guests were able to ride. Dean Monty MacNeil, DDS, MDentSc led a brief speaking program focused on thanking donors and the members of the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board for their leadership and support; and the expansion of the academic class and renovation of the oral health care centers through Bioscience Connecticut—a billion-dollar initiative to expand the UConn Health Center and grow the bioscience sector in Connecticut.

“What a fun evening! I enjoyed meeting the new president and CEO of the UConn Foundation, Joshua Newton, and being warmly welcomed by Dean MacNeil and his wife, Lee,” says Leena K. Langeland, DMD ’75, a DMD and residency alumna whose late husband, Dr. Kaare Langeland, was a member of the first faculty when the school opened in 1968. “I was happy to hear Dr. MacNeil’s update on the construction projects. For someone like me who saw the start of the Health Center, the changes have been incredible. To see what’s happening there now is even more amazing. We all can be so proud of the progress and support it in every way possible.”

Barry Rosenberg, DMD ’84, president of the School of Dental Medicine Alumni Board, adds: “I benefited from a superior education at the UConn School of Dental Medicine. Now I give back as a part-time faculty member in orthodontics and the alumni board. This event was a nice opportunity to catch up with classmates and hear what’s new at the school from Dean MacNeil.”

The Celebration of Philanthropy was open to UConn’s broad base of contributors, including corporate supporter UnitedHealthcare.

“UnitedHealthcare is proud to support UConn in several ways. One includes the School of Dental Medicine where a collaborative effort was established to support dental internships within our specialty benefits organization,” explains Kathleen Bishop-Heroux, vice president of financial operations for UnitedHealthcare Commercial Custom Operations. “We were very pleased to be invited to the Celebration of Philanthropy. It offered an opportunity to meet other supporters, and the venue gave us a chance to ride the carousel. It was a memorable time, and we appreciate the relationships we have been able to form and sustain.”


To support the UConn Health Center, please contact the UConn Foundation's Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

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