This year, Dr. Brian Gaudreault is again donating the grand prize in R.A.V.E.’s Fourth Annual Braces for Success Contest.
Deanna Peck wasn’t going to gamble with her children’s health.
But one well-placed bet really paid off.
The Raynham mother of two laid down $20 on a raffle ticket to benefit the Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education.
She won more than $5,000 in dental work for her 14-year-old son.
“Ryan gets awesome treatment,” Peck said of Dr. Brian Gaudreault and Southeast Orthodontics. “I was on board with these guys already. This just makes it that much sweeter. We got to go to Disney World.”
This year, Gaudreault is again donating the grand prize in R.A.V.E.’s Fourth Annual Braces for Success Contest.
His gift of $5,695 in orthodontic treatment will cover a full course of work for a single patient, may be split up or may be transferred once to another person.
The 36-year-old Dover resident believes in supporting the community that supports him.
He learned how to be good citizen growing up in Salem where his family started the town’s Little League, he says.
“We sponsor everything here, especially if it says ‘Raynham’ – football, baseball basketball,” he said from his expansive new child-friendly office on Broadway. “So when I was approached about R.A.V.E., I thought it was a good opportunity to help all the kids, even if they didn’t play a sport.”
The non-profit R.A.V.E. is known for its volunteer brigade that organizes kindergarten orientation, Read Across America Week and Children and Seniors Together Week.
The group also helps buy supplies for budget-starved local schools, brings in arts enrichment programs, pays to train leaders for the “Great Books” reading program and awards three college scholarships.
“This fundraiser is our budget. All the money goes to the programs,” R.A.V.E. Coordinator Michelle Lalor Ennis said.
For two decades, R.A.V.E. held a golf tournament as its annual fundraiser.
When the tourney started to falter four years ago, however, Gaudreault rushed to the rescue.
In the first two years, he donated a half course of treatment.
Then he doubled the amount.
The vast majority of his patients are children and young teens. Their toothy smiles line the “gallery of honor” in his office. Every child gets a T-shirt when they start treatment. He hands out bottled water with his practice’s logo on it.
Ryan Peck, a Raynham Middle School eighth-grader, has completed his treatment for a cross bite and now wears braces. A standout Babe Ruth ball player and member of the champion Cal Ripken World Series team, he sports a mouth guard when playing to protect his pricey new grin.
His sister Ashley, 9, a LaLiberte school third-grader, is undergoing the same course of work for the cross bite that must be corrected while a child is growing or will require surgery as an adult, Gaudreault says.
The treatment is costly but, luckily, “we haven’t paid a dime for Ryan,” Deanna Peck says.
“I’m in the raffle again. I’m crossing my fingers,” she said.
Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50.
The drawing will take place on Dec. 5 at “Breakfast with Santa” at the Merrill School, sponsored by the Early Childhood Parents Organization.
For more information about purchasing raffle tickets, call Michelle Lalor Ennis at 508-821-1567 or 508-863-3069.
Checks should be made payable to R.A.V.E. Inc. Tickets will be delivered by mail or in person.
Raynham Call reporter Susan Parkou Weinstein can be reached at email@example.com