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Special Events

Wednesday, April 25

House of Delegates Leadership Training/Meet the Candidates

Course #2

Todd Christy, DDS
5 - 7 p.m. (reception at 5 p.m.; training at 6 p.m.)
Limit: 100


Dr. Todd Christy, speaker of the MDA House of Delegates, will hold a continuing education/networking session on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Marriott Hotel in East Lansing. This session is appropriate for all members who desire to improve their knowledge of proper debate and decorum as well as meeting organizational skills. There will be no fee for this continuing education credit session.

Candidates for all offices will be invited to attend this event. Join your colleagues for networking and meet the candidates from 5-6 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar. The training session will take place from 6–7 p.m.

Each component is urged to have at least one or two representatives attend. If there are individuals in your component that may be interested in a leadership position either at the component or state level, please let them know about this session and encourage them to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to network and speak with individual Board members and staff to communicate your ideas and thoughts.

MDA Foundation Sparkling Smiles Soirée

East Lansing Marriott, Beaumont Room
6 - 9 p.m.

Please join the MDA Foundation for its annual Recognition Reception.

All Annual Session attendees are invited to have dinner and drinks while learning how together we can help our local communities to be happier, healthier, and more productive. This event honors Foundation donors and celebrates the profession of dentistry, while sharing some of the recent success stories from those who are experiencing a better quality of life due to dental education and care.

Everyone will walk away knowing more about the MDA Foundation, its donors, the people it helps, and how the Foundation is making Michigan a better place through improved dental health.

RSVP your attendance by April 13 to the Foundation at, or call 800-589-2632.

Thursday, April 26

American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Dinner

The joint American/International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard dinner takes place Thursday, April 26. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and entertainment set for 7 p.m. Watch your mail for more details, or contact Dr. Steve Harris by email at

Welcome Reception

MDA Exhibit Hall
4:30 - 6 p.m.

The MDA will hold a Welcome Reception in the MDA Exhibit Hall  from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Everyone is invited! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided during the reception along with a cash bar.

Tap the Night! Concert at Lansing Brewing Co.

Course #56

8 - 10 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Lansing Brewing Company
FREE (registration is required and on-site registration is not guaranteed)
Limit 250 (open to ALL attendees)


Please join us for Tap the Night, a FREE concert featuring local ’80s band Star Farm. Held in a private room within the popular Lansing Brewing Company, the event includes live entertainment, one drink ticket (followed by a cash bar), and snacks.

Starfarm brings the most “Totally Awesome!” collection of ’80s songs that you can dream of. Every song played instantly captures that nostalgic feeling, sending you back to the decade of pegged pants, mullets and Aqua Net. From the very first chord of the night you'll be dancing and pumping your fist in the air, singing along to the much-loved songs of yesterday. Starfarm comes complete with old-school track suits, leg warmers and aviator sunglasses, plus a state-of-the-art sound system and light show. .

Lansing Brewing Company is within walking distance of the Radisson Hotel, Lansing Center, and most downtown restaurants. Shuttle service will be provided from the East Lansing Marriott, Kellogg Center, and Crowne Plaza Hotel.

This rockin’, fun-filled evening is brought to you by MDA Insurance and MDA Services, as well as the MDA-endorsed companies exhibiting at Annual Session.

Friday, April 27

American College of Dentists Breakfast

The American College of Dentists Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at 7 a.m. at the Lansing Radisson Hotel. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. For more information on the ACD breakfast, contact Dr. Sherill Behnke at 517-332-8663 or email at

International College of Dentists Breakfast

The International College of Dentists Breakfast will take place Friday, April 27 at 7 a.m. at the Lansing Radisson Hotel. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. Contact Dr. Steven Sulfaro at 248-634-4671 or email for more information or to make your reservation. Spouses and guests of members are cordially invited to attend.

Keynote Address — Phil Gwoke

Course #32

When Generations Connect — The Beginning

Phil Gwoke
11:15 a.m. – Noon
FREE! (Registration is required)
Limit 500


Four distinct generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Organizations are feeling the pain of generations as they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service in a challenging economy. This program will give you the tools to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

University of Michigan Alumni Lunch

Join your fellow alumni for lunch on Friday, April 28. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for the room location.

MDA Past Presidents' Luncheon

The lunch will take place Friday, April 28 in the Capitol Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel.

New Dentist Network Lounge

Course #57

6 — 9 p.m.
Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing
FREE for new dentist track attendees; $25/all others
Limit 250


Explore the fun of science and enjoy good food, drink and the company of colleagues!

The New Dentist Lounge is an opportunity to meet other new dentists, see friends, share ideas, network — and most importantly, have fun! The Lounge will be held at Impression 5 Science Center in the heart of Downtown Lansing. Feel like a kid again and come play, create, explore, and have fun with your colleagues in this one-of-a-kind venue.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, Bank of America, and DBS Investment Advisors.

Blast at the Ballpark

Course #58

The View at Cooley Law School Stadium
Downtown Lansing
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
$59 (includes two drink tickets, food stations, and entertainment)
Limit 300


Join your friends and colleagues at The View located inside Lansing’s own minor league baseball stadium, home of the Lugnuts. This event includes all kinds of activities. There's no baseball game, which means you can pick up a cocktail, walk the perimeter of the field, or if you're up to it, show off your baseball prowess by throwing a pitch or running the bases on around the diamond. Partner up and play life-size yard games including Connect Four, Yahtzee and bean bag toss. If games aren’t your thing then relax inside or outside (weather permitting) listening to one man band, Jerry Sprague, who is very popular among East Lansing’s college crowd with his energizing personality and well-known classics everyone is sure to like.

Food stations will be available 6:30-8:30 then Sporcle Events will kick-off a LIVE Trivia Show that will be fast-paced, challenging and lots of fun. Submit your own team, be placed on a team or play as an individual, all participants are eligible to win prizes. Trained trivia hosts will clearly explain the rules of the game, encourage interaction, and play upbeat music to ensure a good time. Questions are divided into broad categories like sports, history, and music, as well as specific categories like cartoons, architecture, and fashion. Sometimes it pays to be a know it all. This is not your grandma’s trivia game.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance, MDA Services, and Macomb District Dental Society.

Saturday, April 28

Pierre Fauchard Academy Breakfast

The Pierre Fauchard Breakfast will take place Saturday, April 28 at 7 a.m. in the Lansing Radisson Hotel. Check the MDA Annual Session Official Program for room location. You can contact Dr. Patricia Boyle at 313-565-5104 or email for more information or to make your reservation.