Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Big Turnout for Center’s Young Friends’ Fundraiser

Young Friends members had fun at Granite City Food & Brewery on January 27. The group builds awareness for the Center’s speech therapy and audiology services while uniting young professionals at fun social events.   

The January fundraiser attracted 30 new members and provided the Center for Hearing & Speech’s Young Friends group with more volunteers for its community involvement, social events and public education efforts.

“I believe the majority of the attendees were new Young Friends, so we had a great reach with this event,” said Center volunteer and Young Friends president, Julia Grunloh, about the group’s first fundraiser of the year. 

Granite City Food & Brewery (GCF&B) in Creve Coeur hosted the January 27 “Dine to Donate” fundraising night for the Center. The restaurant donated 20 percent of the night’s total purchases to the Young Friends group.

“We feel it is important to do the ‘Dine-to-Donate’ fundraisers so we can help nonprofit organizations raise money for their causes,” said Kaitlyn Twidwell, GCF&B’s local store marketer. “We want to be as involved with our own community and the communities around us as possible. We love helping raise money for those who need it. Our goal is to help a minimum of five organizations a month. Our connection with the Center is becoming a strong one.”

The next Young Friends event is Friday, March 13, at Hollywood Casino St. Louis as part of the Center’s annual fundraiser, ‘Swinging to the Beat for Hearing & Speech.’  Attendees will enjoy delicious food and drink, exciting auctions and fun raffles. Individual Young Friend tickets are just $50. Members are encouraged to invite friends and purchase a ticket 4-pack for $160. 

The Young Friends is a group of professionals who build awareness for the Center, an organization that delivers high-quality speech therapy and audiology services to everyone, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Through community involvement, social events and public education, the Young Friends work to support the mission of the Center while uniting talented, charitable and hard-working young professionals around a critical mission.

For more information related to the Center's Young Friends or volunteer program, contact Martha Coleman at or by phone at 314-968-4710.   
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that in 2013 donated $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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