orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

June 5, 2013

Special mom wins a smile makeover

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Karen Kelly is smiling a little bigger these days.

Kelly is the winner of the 3rd Annual Smile Makeover Contest from Horizon Dental.

Kelly thought she was on the receiving end of a practical joke when the man on the phone told her she won.

“Dr. Riedel, himself, called me,” Kelly said. “I googled while I was on the phone with him and found out it really was real.”

Kelly said she started crying then.

Kelly’s daughter, Lelia, is the person who wrote the letter that made her mom a winner.

Kelly, at the time of the interview, has yet to read the letter.

Chris Riedel DDS of Horizon Dental and LC-M graduate was looking for a way to do something for his hometown when he started the contest three years ago. He recalled meeting a dentist from Montana who held a contest inspired by The Extreme Makeover show that was popular at the time.

Riedel said the contest did not have as many entries as in the past.

“The quality of the letters was the same,” Riedel said. “Which shows there are worthy moms.”

Riedel was surprised that Kelly had not read the letter that made her a winner in the contest.

“She sacrifices for her parents to maintain their health,” Riedel said. “It was a very touching letter.”

Kelly said the whole experience has been wonderful.

“I want to thank Dr. Riedel and his staff,” Kelly said. “I want to thank my daughter a million times. It is like winning the lottery.”