GIVE is a “natural fit” for the Alliance

The James and Carmen Hupp Foundation will match every donation to GIVE received by September 21, 2019, up to a total of $10,000.

Since 1993 the OMS Foundation Alliance has been the Foundation’s most steadfast partner, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to support research, education and academic excellence in the OMS specialty. 

Its formula for success was established early: identify a worthy project, attract new potential supporters with a polished hospitality event, then energize the group to work together to achieve far more than they could as individuals.  

The Alliance embraced the Foundation’s Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) from the program’s inception in 2018 and funded six $2,500 travel stipends in 2019 for residents traveling with OMS teams to deliver humanitarian healthcare to some of the world’s most underserved communities. Dr. and Mrs. James Hupp were among the first donors to contribute to GIVE in 2018.  

“This program offers our OMS residents a wonderful opportunity to enhance their clinical training and experience firsthand the gratification that comes from service to others,” said Carmen Hupp. “We’re fortunate to have so many seasoned oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are as dedicated to mentoring the next generation of humanitarian caregivers as they are to personally serving those in need.”   

Mrs. Hupp currently serves as the Chair of the Alliance and has spearheaded its efforts to attract donors to the cause. “When Jim and I looked for ways to give back to the specialty, this seemed like a natural fit,” she said, “both for us and for the Alliance.” 

Dr. Douglas Baasch, a fifth-year resident at University of Florida Health Science Center — Jacksonville, traveled to Vietnam in March 2019 with Dr. Barry Steinberg’s Facing Futures team. A week spent caring for children and families with minimal access to basic healthcare reinforced his commitment to integrate service into his life and his career. “My experience with Facing Futures helped me to become a more skillful and creative surgeon,” he said. “But it also reminded me that we don’t have to fly halfway around the world to serve others; that can be done every day in our own communities.”  

Instilling a commitment to service in early-career OMSs was one of the founding principles of the GIVE program, and it appears to be working.   

Dr. David Hoffman, who has made “giving back” a central tenet of his career, has traveled to Columbia with Healing the Children teams for 26 years. In June his team included two residents whose travel costs were covered by GIVE stipends. “I would have jumped at a chance like this had it existed when I was a resident,” he says. “We’re providing a unique opportunity for our residents. They sign on for the clinical experience, but they come home hooked on the community service.  I believe strongly in the value of this experience and I’d bring residents along with or without the GIVE stipend. But this year I took the funds I would have spent on my residents’ airfare and purchased enough fresh food to leave behind 2 weeks’ worth of highly nutritious soft foods for our pediatric cleft patients. That’s a tangible benefit of someone’s donation, and it felt really good.” 

Your donation to GIVE helps provide unique service and learning opportunities for OMS residents. Donate online at omsfoundation.org/GIVE, consider a gift of appreciated securities or lighten your 2019 tax burden by allocating the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA directly to the OMS Foundation. Questions? Contact Mary DiCarlo at 847-233-4325 or mdicarlo@omsfoundation.org.