Sponsor an AAP Foundation Event Today!

Want more visibility for your company among leaders in periodontology? Show your commitment to the specialty by sponsoring an AAP Foundation event today. Your sponsorship will demonstrate your support for periodontal education and research, a cause to which our donors have dedicated their careers, lives, and resources. Learn more here. 

Dr. James T. Mellonig Memorial Dinner and AAP Foundation Hoedown:

In 2021, periodontology lost one of its greats. We will gather to pay homage to the legacy of the late Dr. James T. Mellonig. Tickets to this event are $350 per person, including a gift to the AAP Foundation. Guests will enjoy an elegant dinner and drinks, and share their memories of this legend of periodontology.

Following the dinner, get your boots on and get ready to two‐step the night away! Enjoy the toetapping sounds of a live local Austin band, drinks, appetizers, and the opportunity to let your hair down with friends and colleagues. Our line dancing instructor will show the crowd the latest steps, and you can take your memories home with our fun photo booth.

Both events will be held at the iconic Speakeasy Austin, built in the 1870s and located in the Congress Avenue Historic District. We expect at least 50 people at the Mellonig Memorial Dinner and at least 200 at the Hoedown. Guests will include AAP and AAP Foundation leaders and the Foundation’s most generous donors.

Hoedown sponsor levels

Sign up to sponsor the Mellonig Memorial Dinner/AAPF Hoedown here.

AAP/AAP Foundation Presidential Reception:

Join the presidents of the AAP and the AAP Foundation, along with more than 200 key leaders and corporate partners for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Mattie's, a lush 23-acre property that boasts old Austin charm, along with free-roaming peacocks! Benefits include your company logo on the invitation and on-site signage at the venue entrance, invitations for five (5) company executives, and the opportunity for a company executive to deliver 3-5 minutes of remarks. Sponsors of the Presidential Reception are eligible for a special offer on their sponsorship of the AAPF Mellonig Memorial Dinner/AAPF Hoedown. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Sign up to sponsor the AAP/AAP Foundation Presidential Reception here.


Following 8 years of successful virtual runs, this year the AAP Foundation is hosting PerioDash 2023, a virtual run to raise awareness around the Foundation and how we help strengthen the specialty. Runners will sign up and complete a 5K run/walk at their own pace, on their own time. Runners will each receive a PerioDash 2023 T-shirt and medal.

Younger constituents love this popular event, many form their own teams.

In 2022, more than 350 people ran or walked in PerioDash. Runners participate as individuals, as part of practice teams, school teams, and more. They come up with fun, creative team names, such as “The Vertical Defects”, “Floss Posse”, and “Gingiva Ninjas”. This is a fun, well-loved event that will afford your company vital positive representation.

Sponsor benefits include acknowledgment on periofoundation.org, acknowledgment in Periospectives, the AAP’s quarterly magazine, acknowledgment on all race communications, and your company logo on the T-shirt.

Sign up to sponsor PerioDash here.

AAP Foundation Silent Auction:

The AAP Foundation Online Silent Auction has become the centerpiece of the AAP Foundation booth. Each year, periodontists, spouses, and other staff browse the more than 100 items donated by exhibitors, board members, committee members, and partner companies.

The Auction raises around $40,000 for the AAP Foundation, and is an eye-catching display. Full-color photos and descriptions of each item will be on display at our booth, but bidders will participate via their smartphones. They will be able to bid any time, anywhere, and will receive notifications when they’ve been outbid.

Sponsor benefits include acknowledgment on periofoundation.org, acknowledgment in Periospectives, the AAP’s quarterly magazine, acknowledgment on online silent auction bidding platform, and acknowledgment on Silent Auction signage at meeting.

Sign up to sponsor the Silent Auction here.

 To donate an item to the Silent Auction, visit our online donation form. 

Established 33 years ago, the AAP Foundation has awarded nearly $6 million dollars to periodontists demonstrating excellence or wishing to pursue an academic career. The AAPF has also invested nearly $1 million on initiatives supporting dissemination of knowledge, leadership development, and global efforts to strengthen the specialty. As the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to periodontology, more than 20% of AAP members support the AAP Foundation. 

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Satheesh Elangovan


"Apart from helping me financially, this award has strengthened my commitment to dental education. I will be in academics for life," says Satheesh Elangovan, BDS, ScD, DMSc, a 2011 Abram and Sylvia Chasens Teaching and Research Fellow. Dr. Elangovan is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is also the AAP Foundation's 2008 Tarrson Regeneration Scholar.


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Past Award Winners Update

Congratulations to Fatemeh “Flora” Momen-Heravi, DDS, PhD, (2017 Educator Scholar, 2018 Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award Recipient) assistant professor of dental medicine at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, who was named the 2020 recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Anne D. Haffajee Fellowship. The award provides early-career women researchers in the field of oral biology with financial support for training and research activities that will advance their academic careers. Read more here.

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