Special Events

Now through April 24, 2021

MDA Dental PAC Competition


Join the 2021 MDA Dental PAC Competition and help your MDA House of Delegates region raise the most dollars or be the region with the highest participation percentage.

The MDA PAC Competition is a fundraiser in which every MDA member donation is allocated to the donator’s respective House of Delegate region. The region with the most raised dollars and the region with the highest participation rate will be featured in the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. Plus, all members donating during the competition will be entered to win various Apple products based on the contribution level.

Prizes and corresponding donations levels are:

  • Apple TV | Silver ($1 – $249)
  • Apple AirPods | Gold ($250 – $499)
  • Apple Watch | Platinum ($500 – $999)
  • Apple iPad and Name Recognition in the MDA Building | Presidential Club ($1,000+)

The competition is on! The MDA Dental PAC Competition is happening now. To donate, visit the PAC Booth in the virtual “Events/Activities” room. Or you can participate now by clicking the Donate Today! button  above. To be eligible for the competition, donations must be submitted by the end of the day Saturday, April 24.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Keynote Address

Course #26 | Us vs. Them

Speaker: Jeff Havens
Seating Limit: 500


If you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then “Us vs. Them” is exactly what you need. Because, it turns out that there really aren’t four generations. In this humorous keynote, you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve every generational issue facing today’s workforce. That’s no exaggeration; by the end of “Us vs. Them” you and your colleagues will walk away with all of the knowledge you’ll need to address 100% of the generational issues you’ll face for the rest of your career!

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to replace the complicated four-generation model with a workable dichotomy between older, more-experienced workers and their younger, less-experienced counterparts.
  • Understand the key cultural, technological, and social changes that have conspired to create a disconnect between team members from these two generations.
  • Walk away with several immediately applicable strategies to address and eliminate problems caused by the disconnect mentioned above.

This course is designed for the entire dental team.

This course counts toward the Dental Business Professional certification.
Earn 1 credit in the Services/Communication category. Click here for more information on the MDA Certified Dental Business Professional program.

Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Sparkling Smiles Virtual Happy Hour

Time: 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Where: Virtual Event


Join the Sparkling Smiles Virtual Happy Hour and help celebrate the MDA Foundation’s grant, scholarship, partnership programs, and the extraordinary donors and volunteers who make everything happen.

The Sparkling Smiles Virtual Happy Hour promises to surprise and delight and also show the impact the MDA Foundation is making throughout the state. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other supporters, learn Interesting facts, and support the work of the MDA Foundation. Dress code for the evening is come as you are. Happy hour attire encouraged!

Last year the MDA Foundation was able to:

  • Donate over $200,000 in PPE equipment and grant awards.
  • Give more than $155,000 in grant awards.
  • Award over $15,000 in scholarships to dental, hygiene, and assisting students.

If you are unable to virtually attend and would like to make a contribution to improve dental health, to honor our donors, or those we are celebrating, please visit the MDA Foundation website to donate today!

Friday, April 23, 2021

New Dentist Network Lounge

Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Virtual Event


Virtual social interaction with entertainment. More details to come.

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Dwayne PerkinsVirtual Comedy Night

Where: Virtual Event
Featuring: Dwayne Perkins
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.


Join MDA President Dr. Steve Meraw on Friday, April 23 for a special Virtual Comedy Night as a highlight of your 2021 MDA Annual Session experience!

Let’s face it — we could all use some laughs after a tough year. And the MDA Virtual Comedy Night is sure to deliver! Comedian Dwayne Perkins is a veteran of such shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He’s had his own Comedy Central special and currently stars in the film “Dying to Kill” on Amazon. Don’t miss him!

Comedy Night is part of this year’s MDA President’s Event. It starts at 6 p.m. with brief remarks by Dr. Meraw, followed by the show from 6:30 – 7 p.m. Best of all, it’s free to all Annual Session attendees!

Sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.

Dr. Steve Meraw“Please join me and your MDA friends at this year’s Virtual President’s Event, featuring comedian Dwayne Perkins. A good time is guaranteed! I hope you enjoy this fun, free event, brought to you by MDA Insurance and MDA Services. ‘See’ you online on Friday, April 23!” — Dr. Steve Meraw