Smiles For Life Dentists Drs. Gina McCray and Kara McCray Demer Contribute To The $1.9M In Donations For Children’s Charities

News Release, St. Mary’s Dental

Mechanicsville –September 2019– Drs. Gina McCray and Kara McCray Demer have a lot of adults and children beaming, but for more reasons than you might think. Over the last several months, they provided reduced-cost teeth whitening services to patients and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to children living with disabilities, serious illness, lack of medical care or decreased educational opportunities.  This is all thanks to the Crown Council’s annual Smiles for Life campaign.

The Crown Council is an alliance of dedicated dentists throughout North America who are committed to excellence in their practice, to continuing education, and to promoting oral health.  To help achieve these goals, they established the Smiles For Life Foundation in 1998. Since its creation, the organization has raised over $40 million for children in underserved communities, and that number continues to grow.

As in previous years, Ultradent Products donated a range of Opalescence whitening products to the campaign. Smiles For Life also maintains a strong longtime partnership with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation supporting Child Life Zones in Children’s Hospitals across the United States

“This year’s effort was a great success, and we want to thank everyone in the community who participated by purchasing whitening services from us during the campaign. We also appreciate Ultradent Products, Inc.’s generous donation of all teeth whitening materials,” says Dr. McCray, a Crown Council dentist located in Mechanicsville, MD.  “While it’s rewarding to see the beautiful smiles of our patients after their teeth are whitened – it is even more fulfilling to see the smiles of the children whose lives are changed by these contributions.”

St. Mary’s Dental is honored to have participated in this yearly event held by the Smiles For Life Foundation. During the four-month campaign, St. Mary’s Dental raised $11,264.00 for kids. Half of these funds were contributed to The Dream Queen Foundation, a local 501c3 non profit in Southern Maryland, whose mission is to offer a safe space where women and teen girls can come together to support one another and celebrate their dreams. The other half was contributed to international humanitarian initiatives in over 500 various Crown Council-approved children’s charities worldwide. These worthy organizations help kids with an emphasis on improving health, education and inner-city programs.  

“Smiles For Life is a big win for everyone involved,” explains Greg Anderson, director of the Crown Council and co-founder of Smiles For Life.  “Patients enjoy a brighter smile at a discounted price, our member dentists feel the satisfaction of giving back to their community, and, best of all, children in need find their lives are a little better and brighter.”

For more information about Smiles for Life, visit www.smilesforlife.org.

Fore more information about the Dream Queen Foundation, visit www.yourdreamqueen.com.


The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II




© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.