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Dugoni School Staff and Faculty Raise more than $8,400 for La Casa de las Madres at Employee Training Event

Emmanuel Boyd, chair of the C3 Advance event planning committee, presents the donation raised by employees to Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres.

October  13, 2010

A recent dental school retreat yielded big returns for a local nonprofit focused on helping victims of domestic violence.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's faculty and staff recently participated in an off-campus development day, C3 Advance (short for "community, commitment and collaboration"). The all-day event, which took place on Sept. 21 at Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, included exercises related to the school's vision and goals, intended to encourage interaction outside of a school setting. The morning focused on professional development discussions and activities, while the afternoon focused on a goal outside of the school: raising money for another organization.

The predetermined charity, La Casa de las Madres, had been selected after polling employees in the weeks leading up to the retreat. Attendees split up into nine randomly selected groups of approximately 25 people each. Each group was given four paper clips, and was encouraged to "trade" the clips for items of greater value — or use them to trade up for donations from friends, family, neighborhood contacts, etc. Groups also sold and auctioned items or experiences such as a weekend at a vacation home. The ninety-minute exercise was designed to not only raise money, but to encourage groups to work together and think creatively to reach a common goal.

The day's activities were led by Katherine Eitel, international speaker and communications coach for dental professionals.

"It was great to see coworkers get involved in the training session followed by a project that has real impact in the world," said Emmanuel Boyd, manager of the school's Pediatric Clinic and chair of the event's planning committee. "I'm proud of what our school was able to accomplish in less than two hours. And to know the money is going toward a local charitable cause is heartwarming."

The school raised more than $8,400 for La Casa de las Madres, which provides shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence as well as services for children and teens.

"We're thrilled that employees of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry selected our cause as a charitable partner for their development day exercise," said Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres. "We appreciate their commitment to working together for the good of the community, as well as their generous donation."

La Casa de las Madres has been operating in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood for nearly 35 years. The organization responds to calls for help from domestic violence victims of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also offers victims shelter, counseling, education and family services, helping victims to improve their lives. To learn more, visit

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