Delta Dental of Tennessee is supporting a new program that will make major dental work available to Tennessee residents who are disabled, elderly or seriously ill.

Tennessee Delta, Nashville, Tenn., says it is providing $60,000 in seed money to help the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped, Denver, and Donated Dental Services of Tennessee, a foundation affiliate, start the free dental care program.

At least 36 other states already have free dental care programs, but Tennessee does not, according to Tennessee Delta.

Organizers of the new program are working with the Tennessee Dental Association, Franklin, Tenn., to set up the free care program, Tennessee Delta says.

In other philanthropic news:

- The individual life unit of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford, donated $175,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer during a recent basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a joint venture of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Kansas City, Mo., and the American Cancer Society, Atlanta.

Hartford made the contribution in part to promote efforts to ease underwriting restrictions for women who have survived relatively mild cases of breast cancer and men who have survived relatively mild cases of prostate cancer.

- New York Life Insurance Company, New York, will be giving $150,000 over 3 years to the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation, Park Ridge, Ill.