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William Demray, D.D.S.

candy stash

William Demray, D.D.S. '75 (center), and staff
from Preservation Dental show the candy they
collected from children at the parade.

Northville dentist convinces kids to give up the candy

The Candy Cops were on patrol from Preservation Dental during the annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Northville, July 3. The characters were in hot pursuit of sweet treats invading the streets during the annual event. William Demray, D.D.S. ’75, UDM School of Dentistry alumnus and founder of Preservation Dental in Northville, offered a reward to all who turned in a stash of candy during the parade and immediately following the parade—no questions asked!

The concept of Candy Cops is the brainchild of Demray: “There may be a message, there may be a reward, but honestly—it’s just about having a little fun while ‘arresting cavities’,” said Demray. Critics of the plan said it couldn’t be done. Youngsters just would not give up the candy tossed to the sidelines by parade participants. Demray hoped at least 20 children would give up the candy. It was great news that more 200 youngsters of all ages filled up two garbage cans. Each received a gift certificate for a free Happy Meal of their choice at one of two area McDonald’s.

The most frequently asked question: “What did he do with the candy? Demray’s reply: “We sent it to an underprivileged ant farm.”