Local Non-Profit, WA State Smile Partners, Suffers Robbery

October 18, 2018
Contact: Alona Horner
(206) 841-2589

FEDERAL WAY, Wa., October 17, 2018 – Early Tuesday morning the office of Washington State Smile Partners, a small non-profit based out of Federal Way, fell victim to a burglary.

The thief gained entry by smashing an outdoor key holder, and using they key inside to access the office. Valuable operational equipment was stolen, including prophy pastes, an autoclave, and air compressors. The organization’s van was also stolen from the office parking lot, but was recovered with minor damage Wednesday morning.
Smile Partners staff estimates the value of equipment and supplies stolen to be upwards of $25,000.

“These devastating circumstances have the ability to immediately and negatively impact the students we serve.” said Alona Horner, Executive Director of Washington State Smile Partners. “Currently, we will only be able to serve one and a half of our upcoming schools.”

This latest setback comes after the organization’s mobile dental clinic, The Smile Coach, experienced mechanical failures. Smile Partners staff were in the process of raising money to fix The Smile Coach when the office was broken in to.

“It is unfortunate that this event follows the breakdown of our Smile Coach, which is currently out of service,” said Horner. But we are confident that with the help of our community, Smile Partners will be set up for an amazing comeback.

To help Smile Partners get up and running again, visit their GoFundMe page. Anyone who would like to make an equipment donation can contact Smile Partners at (206) 780-6908, or at alonah@smilepartners.org.
Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to contact Federal Way Police.

Smile Partners is a 501c(3) designated non-profit. The organization provides dental care to over 5,000 children in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties.

Want to help? Below are a few ways to help this non-profit overcome this tragedy:

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/save-children039s-dental-rv-clinic?member=912946&fbclid=IwAR3QDlrZxshr27kdKw7iFuzFTxFfvvnN_DlBURaR4YHQskOYBgKVJMArwOw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smilepartners.org/

Website: https://smilepartnerswa.com/
Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3L9JR7Q9K0CX9?type=wishlist

Media Stories:

Original story: https://q13fox.com/2018/10/16/crook-steals-35k-worth-of-goods-from-federal-way-nonprofit-dental-organization/

Update: https://q13fox.com/2018/10/16/crook-steals-35k-worth-of-goods-from-federal-way-nonprofit-dental-organization/
Alona Horner, Executive Director