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Introducing: Colorado Orthodontic Foundation’s New Executive Director

By: Kaila Werner Butterfield

Hello! I’m Kaila Werner Butterfield.

I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Managing Director of the Colorado Orthodontic Foundation. I am a native Texan, born and raised just north of Dallas and in the summer of 2023, my husband and I made the decision to move to Denver to be closer to his family and to enjoy the natural beauty Colorado has to offer. Once we settled into our new home, I was honored to accept the position of Executive Director of the Colorado Orthodontic Foundation in December of 2023.

Being able to take a leadership position in an organization dedicated to making orthodontic care accessible to children in the community is incredibly exciting, and 2024 will be a year of growth for COF. My plans for the Colorado Orthodontic Foundation include expanding our social media presence, ramping up community outreach and establishing stronger ties within the Colorado Dental Community. Our goal is to increase the number of kids we serve and make sure every eligible child gets the orthodontic treatment they need.

We have two big events this year. We recently held our inaugural Volunteers and Supporters Appreciation Event. This annual event was an opportunity for our Board of Directors and me to say thank you to all the people who make the Colorado Orthodontic Foundation possible. Through referrals, volunteering, and spreading the message of our mission, COF continues to grow and provide orthodontic treatment to families who would not otherwise have access to care. This is made possible through the support of our community, and we were excited to extend our thanks.

Our second event of the year will be our annual Casino Night fundraiser on September 14th. Previous years saw various types of fundraisers, most recently being our Kentucky Derby Party. This year we are bringing back the fan favorites of Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Poker, Craps and Roulette. We will have a mystery bottle pull, silent auction and raffle. Sponsorships are available and tickets will go on sale this summer for $75 each. The proceeds of this event go towards supporting our mission and expanding orthodontic services to children across Colorado.

If you are a dentist, I invite you to refer any patients who would be a candidate for, but may not be able to access, orthodontic treatment to COF for screening and treatment. If you are an orthodontist, your expertise can make a lasting impact on the life of a child. Consider volunteering your skills by accepting a patient. Taking only one COF patient is enough to make a difference in the life of a child. Whether you can provide a referral, treatment or have volunteering aspirations, I’d love to meet with you and start building a meaningful relationship.

In the coming months, I plan to personally connect with dentists and orthodontists to build a community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children.

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