A Brewer Orthodontist Is Making Local Non-Profits Smile

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 year ago

Jessica Sargent may be a patient of Dr. Anthony Liberatore’s, but today she’s at his office for a different reason.Smile Docs in Brewer is donating $1000 to Jessica’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, the “OTeam.””It means a lot to the whole team,” said 12 year-old Sargent. The cause is something very important to Jessica. “My grandmother has, had stage four lung cancer and my step dad has terminal cancer,” said Sargent. “She’s just an amazing kid. I mean I’ve heard of all the stuff that she’s done and that makes what I’m doing seem tiny in comparison,” said Dr. Liberatore. This isn’t the first or the last check Dr. Tony has signed. He’s donating $1000 a month for twelve months to local non-profits.”My father’s been in the community for over forty years and I thought it would be a great tribute to him to create this “Libstrong” grant and then we came up with the idea of Facebook,” said Dr. Liberatore. Anyone who visits the Smile Doc’s facebook page can vote for which charity gets the grant each month.”When we came here to talk about when I was going to get braces, well they just kind of mentioned it and (her Relay for Life team) signed up,” said Sargent. “It was purely let’s see who people want the money to go to and last month it just exploded. In two weeks time, ‘OTeam’ received over a thousand votes and we were just floored,” said Dr. Liberatore. But it’s not just about the money for these nonprofits. “It’s the publicity that it gets all these other organizations. That’s really why I like it. It gives basically an open forum to say, ‘Hey we’re here, this is what were doing,’” said Dr. Liberatore. “I really appreciate it and he is a great dentist,” said Sargent. Forgotten Felines of Maine and the Maine Discovery Team are the two non-profits vying for the cash this month.To cast your vote, follow the link below: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Smile-Docs/125690424107721?fref=ts”Like” Smile Docs on Facebook and then vote using the poll linked on their page. Only one vote per person per month. Relay For Life of Penobscot County begins at 6 PM on May 17 and goes until noon on May 18 at the University of Maine Morse Field, Orono. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event. For more information about Relay For Life visit www.relayforlife.org/penobscotme or contact Mike Hart, Community Executive for Development, at 989-0332.


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