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Take us out to the ballgame! 

Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is incredibly excited to announce that we are now partnering with The Carolina Mudcats! 

It’s not hard to fall in love with the southern charm, hard work, and fun that The Mudcats put into each and every game. From Muddy the Mudcat’s crazy antics to the amazing food and drink options, every game at Five County Stadium is a perfect Summertime activity for the entire family! 

The sponsorship began on May 4th and will continue into the 2022 Baseball Season. If you stop by and see our sign at Five County Stadium, tag us on social media @LaneDDS or use #LAAMudcats. We would love to see your photos!

 

More About The Mudcats

The Carolina Mudcats (southern slang for “Catfish”) is a Minor League Baseball team based out of Zebulon, NC. They are a proud licensed affiliate of The Milwaukee Brewers. Some well-known MLB players that came from The Carolina Mudcats are Dontrelle Willis, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holiday, and Adrian Gonzalez. See a full list of their fan’s choice all-time favorite MLB players in their ranking list here.

 

Join Us at Five County Stadium

What better way to share our love of the game than with YOU! As a celebration of this new partnership, we are giving away a 4-pack of tickets to The Carolina Mudcats during their 2021 season to our amazing patients! To enter, just fill out our Freebie Friday giveaway this week with your name, office, and phone. We will contact our winner and announce it on social next week!

ENTER TO WIN HERE

LANE & ASSOCIATES IS PROUD TO JOIN THE MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY

On Tuesday, May 18th our Middlesex location had the pleasure of hosting Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis during our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Firstly, it was a beautiful day in Middlesex! Secondly, our marketing team brought Cheesecake-on-a-stick and Lane Swag bags for all attendees! 

Our founder, Dr. Don Lane, our CCO Dr. Raleigh Wright, and our CEO Brian Bunch joined the festivities and helped during the ceremony. Thank you to the Town of Middlesex for allowing us to join such a hospitable community. Middlesex is full of pure southern charm! Take a look at photos from the event below!

Middlesex Ribbon Cutting team making Cheesecake on a stick

Cheesecake on a stick

CAROLINA MUDCATS TICKETS WINNER

During our event, we gave away a 4-pack of tickets to The Carolina Mudcats and our winner was Danny! Here he is showing off his Mudcats swag and tickets.

Winner of Carolina Mudcats Tickets

LOOKING FOR A DENTIST IN MIDDLESEX?

Our Middlesex dentists and staff at Lane & Associates offer general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry with new patient special offers. We also offer our Child’s First Dental Visit program. Each child receives a framed Polaroid photograph of their first visit, Tooth Fairy or Pirate Doll, a T-shirt, and a unique baby tooth album that protects and organizes baby teeth.

 

Interested in learning more about our Middlesex Dentists and our office? Check out our Middlesex Dental office here.

HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Across North Carolina, there is an urgent need for blood donations and Lane & Associates is doing our part to help answer the call. Our offices are honored to be hosting Mobile Blood Drives throughout the month of May and into June. We are excited to be partnering with The Blood Connection, a blood donation organization that specializes in giving back donations to local hospitals within our community.

Watch the video below to learn more about The Blood Connection and why donating blood is so important.

HOW CAN I DONATE?

First, we are so happy that you want to become involved! As a blood donor, you will not only be making a difference in someone’s life but you will also be receiving a $20 Gift Card from The Blood Connection and some LAA Swag from us as a gift for donating.

We are accepting online appointment reservations via The Blood Connection website. Here is a complete list of dates for our upcoming blood drives. Each blood drive will run from 1 – 6 PM.

Please click the link on each office location to sign up for an appointment to donate. You will need to create an account with The Blood Connection to sign up.

UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVES

Girl with mask on giving blood

Have any other questions or need assistance signing up? Please email us at marketing@lanedds.com with the subject line “Blood Drive Help: First Name Last Name, Office Location you wish to make an appointment”.

Learn more about Lane & Associates’ Community Work | Visit The Blood Connection Site

Our staff at Lane & Associates Middlesex is happy to announce our official ribbon-cutting ceremony provided by the Middlesex Mayor, Lu Harvey Lewis!

In honor of the event, we would like to invite all of our Middlesex patients to enjoy FREE DESSERT on us as the Cheesecake-on-a-Stick Food Truck will be parked outside of our building. They are also serving cold brew coffee and water. Furthermore, we will be giving away some Lane and Associates swag and goodie bags to all who stop by!

Middlesex Ribbon cutting invitation

The Middlesex Lane and Associates Family Dentistry Ribbon Cutting will be held on Tuesday, May 18th from 2 pm to 4 pm at 11180 E Finch Ave, Middlesex, NC 27557. Parking will be available on-site. Please call us or email us at info@lanedds.com with any other questions. We hope to see you there!

Interested in learning more about our Middlesex Dentists and our office? Check out our Middlesex Dental office here.

Giving Back at Lane & Associates

This past Saturday, January 16th our staff at the Cary Green Level office held a Free Dental Outreach Clinic. Lane & Associates strives to give back to the community through these dental outreach services once every quarter if possible. We were so thrilled that patients who attended our clinic were able to receive dental treatment ranging from Dental cleanings to Dental extractions!

Happy patient at Lane and Associates
Happy patient with Dr. Ed Howard on left.

Staff attending this event included our Cary Dentists: Dr. Ed Howard, Dr. Mike DesRosiers, and Dr. Andy Ciesielski, and our Cary Office Manager, Heather Egan. We also had our incredible Dental Assistants & Treatment Coordinators to help during the event, including, Sarah Benore, Jaida Halleran, Kendall Brooke, and Mikayla Egan. Check out photos from the event below!

Dr. Mike DesRosiers helping patient with dental care.

 

Lane & Associates is so proud to sponsor the upcoming 2021 Kay Yow Cancer Fund Celebration Run/Walk!

2021 is about YOU! You pick the time, the distance, the place — run or walk, it doesn’t matter. Be a part of our virtual team and let’s raise more money for cancer than ever before! All proceeds go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in the fight against ALL women’s cancers. The Celebration Run/Walk will run from February 22nd – February 27th and registration is now open at $25 per person.

kay yow celebration walker smiling

The 2021 event will feature live-streamed programming from Scotty McCreery (Country Superstar), Buzz Peterson (Charlotte Hornets), Jeff Gravley, Joe Ovies (99.9 The Fan), Josh Martin, Cindy Alexander, Jessica & Joe Giglio, Cancer Warriors, Kay Yow’s Former Players, & much more!

As a special for our patients, we are giving away 5 Registrations on our Lane & Associates team! If you’d like to join us, fill out the form below for a chance to win!

Enter for a chance to win one of 5 registrations to the Annual Kay Yow Celebration Run/Walk from February 22nd to the 27th!

Ready to join our team or donate to this cause? You can find our team online here. We hope to “see” you there! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to encourage and be uplifted! Learn more about the Kay Yow Celebration Virtual Run/Walk here.

At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we appreciate and support our military and their many sacrifices. As a special offer, we are providing discounted dental services to all Veterans throughout the month of November. Find out more below!

Veteran's Day special at Lane and Associates

Check out the letter from our founder Dr. Don Lane:

Veterans Day Letter from Dr. Lane

OUR SPECIAL VETERANS OFFER FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER IS 20% OFF TREATMENT PLANS!!

This offer is for Veterans and Active Duty Military who supply proper ID. This discount applies to patients only, not including family members. Treatment must be completed within 3 months of the start date.

Ask our offices for more details or call us today at 1-877-526-3337!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are taking time to recognize the amazing Breast Cancer Awareness organizations that are so supportive of our North Carolina communities. We especially want to note the amazing work that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and 1 of Us Foundation are attributing and want to highlight some incredible events that you can be involved in this month.

 

What is the 1 of Us Foundation?

1 of us LogoSince 2010, 1 of Us, founded as 1 in 9, has assisted more than 3,000 patients in cancer treatment. 1 of Us provides direct, non-medical financial assistance in the form of grocery assistance, gasoline or transportation to treatment, rent, utilities, childcare, and more. By partnering with UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, women with breast and gynecological cancers who need help are identified by their medical teams and supported by 1 of Us.

1 of Us provides assistance that directly impacts the lives of women with breast and other gynecological cancers.

1 of Us Foundation Upcoming Events: 

October 17th from 12 pm – 8 pm is Brueprint Brewing Company’s 1ofUs Fundraiser supporting Women’s Cancers. There will be a Cornhole Tournament, Mobile Mammogram Unit, Live Music, Food Trucks, and Raffle + Door Prizes! See more info on the 1 of Us Facebook page here.

November 7th is their 9th Annual Pink Tie Affair Gala and this year they are going virtual! To join the auction for a chance to bid on amazing prizes like a Cabin Stay in the NC Mountains visit the site here: bit.ly/PTA-11-7

 

What is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund?

The vision of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is to be the premier non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative ways of fighting ALL cancers affecting women and providing support through giving strength, courage, and hope. 

Battling stage IV cancer, Hall of Fame coach, Kay Yow, gave her final and lasting gift — the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In the 12 years since its inception, the Fund has served as a catalyst, uniting communities in the fight against cancer. 

Since the Fund’s inception, $7.78 million has been awarded to scientific research grants and programs that serve the underserved in the fight against ALL cancers affecting women.

Kay Yow Cancer Fund Upcoming Events: 

Week of October 3rd-October 10th the Le Tour De Femme typically held in Holly Springs, NC will now be a virtual event! This is a virtual biking and cycling event for women to show support through donations and raise cancer awareness. Find out more details on the event here: https://www.letourdefemme.org/

Feb 22-27, 2021 is the 5th Annual Kay Yow Celebration (VIRTUAL) Run/Walk! The cost to register is $25/person, which includes a Kay Yow Cancer Fund branded item. We also encourage team fundraising! There will also be incentive prizes awarded for individuals whose fundraising meets incentive levels. All proceeds go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for Women’s Cancer research. Register here: https://kayyow.com/get-involved/celebration-run-walk/

August 2021 – The 12th Annual Kay Yow Cancer Fund Golf Classic will be held in Pinehurst, NC in August of 2021. Be on the lookout for more info here: https://kayyow.com/get-involved/golf-classic/

How is Lane & Associates giving back during Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Lane & Associates are proud supporters of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the 1 of Us Foundation. This year LAA has donated $50,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in support of research for ALL women’s cancers and has also given a generous donation to the 1 of Us Foundation for direct support to women battling Breast or Gynecological Cancer. 

Presenting $50,000 Donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at the last Play4Kay event at UNC

To view all of our community support efforts please visit our Community Involvement page here. We hope you have a chance to visit the sites of these amazing organizations and give back during the month of October. 

Last but not least, we also want to give back to our patients and non-profit organizations they are passionate about. Be sure to keep an eye out on this week’s Freebie Friday email to enter for a chance to have LAA donate to your favorite Breast Cancer Awareness Organization in your name! At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we love to make you smile.

The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation Golf Challenge was held this past week in Pinehurst, NC at the Pinehurst Resort. Lane & Associates Family Dentistry was proud to be a Tournament Sponsor where all proceeds, totaling more than $40,000, were donated to the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Programs and its free dental clinics.

Two of our teams participated in the Golf Challenge and our very own Dr. Raleigh Wright won the Putting Challenge (for the second year in a row!). Take a look at the photos below to see more of the golf tournament fun!

Sponsors for NCDSF
From left to right: Dr. Kellan Graham and his wife, Dr. Raleigh Wright, and LAA Hygienist Mark Williamson posing next to $5,000 Tournament Sponsors Banner.
Putting challenge at NCDSF
Nighttime putting challenge course.
Pinehurst Resort Golf Course Charity Golf Challenge
From left to right: Dr. Kellan Graham, Dr. Jeff Hooper, Mark Williamson, and Brian Bunch on Team Lane #1.
Lane employees at NCDSF Golf Challenge
From left to right: Lilly Holcomb, Dr. Alexander Crain, Dr. Raleigh Wright, and Blair Friday on Lane Team #2.
Lane Teams at NCDSF Golf Challenge
Both of our Lane Teams!

Our golfers had a fantastic time supporting the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation while social distancing, and are excited to participate again in 2021!

Learn more about the North Carolina Dental Society Foundation and what they do to help the oral health of North Carolinians by checking out their website here. Also, if you have the opportunity to donate to their cause, you can donate to a great cause and enter for a chance to win a Luxury car worth up to $75,000 here!

Surgical Masks for Healthcare Professionals

As the world starts to reopen, healthcare professionals across all avenues of specialties are still in need of PPE. Therefore, these medically approved Fabric Surgical Masks are one way that we craft enthusiasts can help! Due to the CDC recommendations, we set out to find a mask solution for the medical community. 

Our first round of 900 masks was gladly received by local hospitals and healthcare facilities. Now, however, we want to take it one step further by creating surgical masks with slots to add filters.

WakeMed Hospital sent us directions for a Surgical Mask which allows for a filter to be inserted, along with instructions for ribbon ties versus elastic ties. Namely mentioning that these ties will give continued comfortability throughout long-time wear. We used this pattern as a template to create our own step-by-step surgical mask sewing directions for our volunteers.

Check out our new design belowMuch love to WakeMed for sharing your medical professional sewing pattern. This adaptation has been proven by our doctors to be efficient for continued use and a successful way to help the environment. Likewise, it allows the use of N95 masks to be kept for high-risk frontline workers.

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Craft Enthusiasts and Volunteers:

Deploy yourselves again! Help us to continue in the fight and push your crafting skills to the next level! Read through our new Surgical Mask Sewing Instructions below, email us at marketing@lanedds.com once you finish, and let’s keep crafting for those that need it most!

Give to a healthcare worker, friend, or return to Lane & Associates to be distributed appropriately. We hope these fabric surgical mask sewing instructions help you to create your own surgical masks for healthcare professionals.

Need materials? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to request a kit! We would be happy to support as many crafters as possible until supplies run out!

Surgical Mask Sewing Pattern logo

LAA employee with completed Surgical Mask on

materials to use for sewing graphicMaterials logo

sewing materials for surgical mask DIY

  • 100% Cotton Fabric – Cut (1) 10×16 inch rectangle and (2) 2×6 inch strips.
  • 4 pieces of 1/4 or 3/8-inch ribbons measuring 18 inches in length
  • Scissors or fabric cutter
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Cotton or Polyester sewing thread
  • Sewing pins or wonder clips

 

 

 

step 1 graphicTake your 100% Cotton fabric and cut (1) rectangle that is 10 inches wide and 16 inches long. Then cut (2) pieces of fabric into 2×6 inch strips.

cotton fabric surgical maskfabric pieces for DIY mask

step 2 graphicWith the front side of the fabric facing down (wrong side up), fold over 1/2 inch on the top and bottom (10-inch sides). Press and stitch across both folds.

fold over fabric to create stitchstitched fabric for surgical mask

step 3 graphicWith the wrong side up, fold the top and bottom edges to meet in the middle and use the iron to press.

step 3 diy surgical maskstep 3 diy face mask

step 4 graphicOn each side of the mask, make 3 pleats. Each pleat should be approximately 1 inch in size with the top two pleats folded down from the top and the bottom pleat folded up from the bottom. These should be centered in the mask, leaving 2-3 inches of flat fabric at the top and bottom of the pleats.

pleats in surgical maskblue and gold sewing machine graphic

step 5 graphicSew pleats into place.

sew pleats on surgical maskafter sewing pleats

step 6 graphicFold the lengthwise sides of the 2×6 edging material inwards at the middle and press.

fabric pieces for DIY maskedging material folded

step 7 graphicPlace the edging material with unfinished sides up and lay the mask front side down. Align the sides to the middle of the edging. Place the ribbon 1/2 inch from the edge corner, pin it into place, and sew across the stitching to hold everything in place.

sewing ribbon togethersewing ribbons to edging material

Step 8 GraphicFold the top and bottom edging pieces inwards, meeting in the middle. Be sure they cover the raw edges of the mask and ribbon (this may fold the mask inward as well).

edging finishededging sewn to mask

Step 9 graphicStitch both sides of the edging closed.

thread and craft dots

Step 10 graphicSew (2) 1-inch stitches, approximately 1/4 inch across the top of the mask, so a pipe cleaner can be inserted if desired.

pipe cleaner pocketfinal step DIY surgical masks

Voila graphic

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Be sure to finish the ends of your ribbons in some form of fashion. We recommend the quickest approach of safely using a lighter to burn and cauterize the ends. You can also simply roll the ends and stick across.

 

LAA employee with DIY surgical face mask on

And there you have it! DIY Surgical Masks for healthcare professionals & beyond!

If you would like to request a surgical mask kit to be delivered or picked up from one of our Lane & Associates dental offices, please fill out the form below. Thank you, craft enthusiasts and healthcare professionals, for everything you continue to do for those in need during COVID-19!

Ear Savers for Surgical Masks

UPDATE: An increasing need as of June 2020 is ear-savers for essential workers wearing masks.

Wearing masks throughout an entire day causes stress on ears leading to headaches and rubbing of sensitive skin. We would love to help use any materials we still have to also create ear-savers for these essential workers. If you would like to request ear-saver sewing kits to contribute, please fill out the same form below.

Here is a great link with instructions on how to sew ear-savers for masks for reference! You can also check out the instructions provided by UNC Healthcare on their ‘Ways to Help’ page.

Request Mask Kits and/or Ear Saver Kits

  • Each kit contains materials for 12 masks or 12 ear-savers.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in mask kits, ear-saver kits, or both.