The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys helping less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of the holidays.
Toys for Tots plays an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children. NYU Washington, DC has joined this effort in supporting the US Marine Reserves by hosting the Toys for Tots Charity Ball.
For a donation of $30, the evening included open bar, food, music and fun. Guests had the opportunity to support Toys for Tots through a silent auction sponsored by local businesses and vendors.
All proceeds supported Toys for Tots.
Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly has carefully crafted hundreds of “Smashing Smiles” since starting her career as an Orthodontist in 2005. She is a board qualified orthodontist and also an Invisalign Preferred Provider that is highly skilled in the latest technologies for braces and orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Willis is not only licensed to practice dentistry in Washington D.C., but Maryland as well. She practiced in New York before deciding to settle in Washington DC and open Smashing Smiles Orthodontics.
She is a member of numerous professional organizations including: the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Dental Society, the DC Dental Society and the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society. Dr. Willis is also proud to be a member of the Greater Washington DC Area Women’s Dental Society.
As an orthodontist, Dr. Willis’ passion is grooming young people for success. She has been passionately working with children who are predominantly from low income families for more than 7 years. As a mother, wife, small business owner and orthodontist, she knows that a positive self-esteem stems from being a healthy, confident, take-action person. All of this has allowed her to become an expert in guiding and molding others for success.
As a former Associate Professor at Howard University College of Dentistry, Dr. Willis taught Growth and Development to post-graduate residents. She currently volunteers her time for occasional lunch and learns for university residents and is also a mentor for students with an interest in dentistry and orthodontics.
Dr. Willis completed post-graduate orthodontic training at New York University, after earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey (UMDNJ).
Prior to attending UMDNJ, Dr. Willis successfully completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta. Working full time throughout her time at Spelman taught Dr. Willis the true value of an education and paved the way for her personal growth and success.
A native of Nevada, she graduated with high honors from Valley High School in Las Vegas where she was able to demonstrate her enthusiasm and leadership as a Valley High Cheerleader. Another accomplishment Dr. Willis achieved while residing in Nevada was being awarded 1st runner up in Miss Black Teenage Nevada.
Dr. Willis’ main interests and hobbies include fashion, traveling with her husband and reading to her two children, Sunny, 5 and Alix, 2. She also enjoys being a style muse and loves all things beautiful. Dr. Willis currently holds the title of Mrs. Logan Circle and excited to be competing in the Mrs. DC America 2014 pageant. Dr. Willis’ platform for the pageant is Periodontal Disease Awareness.
There are three essentials that Dr. Willis believes will help obtain the success one deserves: a Smashing Smile, an education, and a quality presentation of oneself which starts from within.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns. The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.
Own a local business and intersted in sponsorship? Sponsors can donate funding, merchandise for silent auction or gift bags, or food and beverage. Volunteers are also welcome! Please contact NYUWashingtonDCevents@nyu.edu for more information, or call 202-654-8300.