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William Dorfman
2019

William Dorfman

The David Chow Humanitarian 2019 Award

Dr. William “Bill” Dorfman is a highly sought after motivational leader for young adults and the Co-founder of the nonprofit, LEAP. LEAP – Leadership, Excellence, & Accelerating YOUR Potential is a summer scholarship program for students and young adults to help obtain valuable life skills that the wouldn’t otherwise learn in a traditional classroom setting. Skills such as business etiquette, time management, making a first impression, etc. are all taught through seminars, celebrity speakers, and mentors.

Dr. Dorfman is a recipient of 14 lifetime achievement awards and is well-known for being featured on shows like ABC’s Extreme Makeover and CBS’s The Doctors. Having co-founded one of the world’s leading dental companies, Discus Dental, Dr. Dorfman has continued to do exceptional work in dentistry–helping thousands of patients smile for over 20 years.

Throughout his accomplished career, Dr. Dorfman has been committed both to educating the public about the world of dentistry and to giving back to the community. In association with The Crown Council of Dentistry, Dr. Dorfman has offered Discus Dental’s assistance in donating all of the whitening materials for its annual four-month charity campaign, Smiles for Life. Each year, The Crown Council dentists donate their time and services to offer consumers tooth whitening at a lower rate. Then 100% of the money earned is donated to country singer Garth Brook’s “Teammates for Kids Foundation”, which in turn gives to children’s charities across the U.S. Thus far, they have raised and donated more than $25 million to more than 115 children’s charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and The Children’s Dental Center. In addition, Dr. Dorfman is dedicated to aiding the many graduates of Los Angeles’ Battered Women’s Shelter, a downtown refuge that helps survivors of harrowing physical violence heal and rejoin the world. Since 1997, Dr. Dorfman has helped restore the smiles of abused wives, rape victims, former prostitutes, drug addicts, and unfortunate women at no charge in order to assist them on their path to confidence. He recently traveled to South Africa to help raise money and awareness for Tomorrow’s Trust, a non-profit organization that helps orphan children affected by HIV and AIDS. His humanitarian and philanthropic involvement has led to his recent recognition by his alma mater, receiving the 2009 UCLA Community Service Award – one of the top honors.