Local dentist honored by Boys & Girls Club

By Patrick Lynn

A local dentist has been honored for his work with the Boys & Girls Club.

Timmy Cooper, a Class of 1995 SPASH graduate who now works at Cooper Dental, was awarded the Anne G. Schierl Above and Beyond Award on Jan. 22.

Last year, Cooper donated a panoramic X-ray machine—a machine that can cost over $20,000—to the Delta Dental Smile Club program, which provides qualified children free basic dental care, and operates out of the BGC’s Berard Center.

Cooper is the most frequent volunteer dentist for the program, according to a news release from the BGC, having provided over 40 hours of his time in the dental clinic serving more than 100 children.

Cooper currently serves as board president for BGC.

The Anne G. Shierl Above and Beyond Award was created in 2017, named for the matriarch philanthropist of the Schierl Family. Schierl blazed a trail for women in the medical field locally by becoming the first female anesthesiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and worked on its board for more than 25 years. Schierl also helped found the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club. Schierl died in 2018.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, contact Mikayla Kleifgen, director of resource development and marketing, at mikayla.kleifgen@bgclubpc.org or go to https://www.bgclubpc.org.