BY GLORY WEISBERGRETIRED VILLAGER SOCIETY EDITOR
The Listen Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala drew a sold out crowd to the Landmark Curtis Ballroom .
Much has achieved since the foundation’s beginning as cochlear implants now are the standard. Benefitting the very youngest children getting this implant and this early treatment means no delay in hearing the world around them. Mom and dad’s voices make these kids’ faces light up with joy. “What’s your favorite sound- a cat purring or Ozzie Ozborne?” comedian Sam Adams asked.
Korri Lundock chaired the benefit. Now and Then Listen Clients used their own words to describe their implant experiences. Among them were Molly Nieder, Spencer Kontnik, Jaylin Macerinskas, Alexa Ahmed and Amanda Emerson. Anna Rech was emcee and foundation board president Rhonda Sheya. Anna Rech led the program with Heads & Tails.
Laughter rang through the ballroom as Adams kept the crowd laughing out loud. Anyone wanting a local talent for a nonprofit benefit should know about Sam. His repertoire of life’s most hilarious situations is a fresh approach to fun.
Foundation Executive Director Pam Greenway was a welcoming sight from first check-in throughout the fast paced party.
Among the nearly 200 guests were Jim and Judy Johnson, Eric and Ginny Lupo, Betty Heid, Florrie Katchen, Heather and Jaylin Macerinskas, Sally and Daniel Ginsburg, Mike McGinley was at table 8 with Abby and Arliss Bridgette, Bud, Joyce, Kim, Nick and Staci Morrell.
Among table sponsors were Mark and Raisa Finkel, Steve and Nicole Torline, the family of Carolyn Page, Doug and Deborah Pollack, Cleve and Nancy Schenick and Rick and Barbara Reinish.
For information on the Greenwood Village-based Listen Foundation visit listenfoundation.org. or call 303- 781-9440. Their motto is “We Help Kids Get The Cochlear Implants & Speech Therapy They Need.”
The Listen Foundation provides for and assists children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence.”
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