Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Center’s “Swinging to the Beat” Event Hits a Home Run!

Center supporters and donors had a fun evening “Swinging to the Beat for Hearing & Speech” at Hollywood Casino St. Louis in Maryland Heights on March 13.
The annual fundraiser night supports Center’s hearing and speech-language programs, enabling the nonprofit to serve more than 13,000 children and adults in the St. Louis area each year.
“This event is the cumulative efforts of so many dedicated volunteers, sponsors, clients and staff of the Center,” said Rita Tintera, executive director. “It’s wonderful that so many people want to help others less fortunate to receive hearing aids and speech therapy they need to live productive lives. And it’s truly inspiring that we experienced our best year in financial support this year; thank you!”
 Nearly 200 donors, clients, sponsors and volunteers packed the Casino’s second floor ballroom for this special event. Ballroom decorations inspired memories of the golden age of baseball. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and drink, and danced to 1940’s swing music with local band, “Miss Jubilee.”  

The evening was also filled with exciting electronic auctions and special prize raffles. Congratulations to Elaine Jurkowsky, event chairwoman and Fundraising Committee member, who won a raffle for a week’s stay at a gorgeous home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Klepper Challenge Match generously enabled attendees to double their donations to support Center programs throughout the evening.

“Swinging to the Beat” was popular with long-term and new local sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Coventry Healthcare and LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services.
Silver Sponsors included Edward Jones, Waterway Car Wash and Darren Robbins.
Bronze Sponsors were Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, Hammond & Shinners Attorneys at Law and Modern Litho.
Copper Sponsors were Armstrong Teasdale and the Kenny Family, Mr. and Mrs. James Buhnerkempe, Clifton Larson Allen, The Commerce Trust Company, Ekon Benefits, Teamsters Local 610, Matter Family Office, Oaktree Products Inc., Mutual of America and Wolfe Nilges Nahorski.
Friend Sponsors were Citizens National Bank, Keystone IT Consulting and J. W. Terrill.
Click here to see exciting free photos from this event, courtesy of Al Schupmann Photography!
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that has 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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