Those in attendance included alumni of Child’s Voice, parents of current and alumni students, Board members, staff, supporters, and friends of the organization. There were many exciting moments at this special event. Dan McMahon, ’98, and Jenna Harris, ’08, are both alumni of Child’s Voice and shared about their journey with hearing loss and experience at Child’s Voice. The Voice from the Heart Award was presented to Laurie McMahon for her dedicated support and service to Child’s Voice students and families. This award, in its third year, recognizes those that make a difference at Child’s Voice and in the lives of children with hearing loss.
Child’s Voice, based in Wood Dale and Chicago, helps children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Students wear hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and programs use a child-focused, research-based curriculum, all with the end goal of transitioning graduates back to their neighborhood schools. This year, Child’s Voice has supported nearly 400 children and their families. Students range in age from just a few days old through the age of 8.
This year’s Gala Co-Chairs were Courtney Lee, a current Child’s Voice parent and Melissa Lundt, Child’s Voice Special Services Coordinator.
“The Gala was such a wonderful night,” shared Courtney Lee , current Child’s Voice parent and Gala Co-Chair. “It was a celebration of the success of Child’s Voice, but also of all the students and alumni of the program. As a parent of a child with hearing loss, it is so inspiring to hear from the alumni that share their success stories. Child’s Voice touched their lives and continues to touch so many family’s hearts. This event offers an opportunity to not only support, to connect with other parents, alumni, and the generous supporters that truly changing my son’s life.”
Courtney was joined in Co-Chairing the event with Melissa Lundt, Special Services Coordinator at Child’s Voice. The committee also included Ellen Johns (Wood Dale), Rebecca Schiltz, Alex Stotland, Alderman Michael Susmarski, and Shalee Wilkins.
“The Gala was, as always a great time,” said Peter Schiltz, Child’s Voice alumni parent and President of the Board of Directors. “It brings together the Child’s Voice community in support of its mission and reminds us of our shared purpose. Thank you to all who helped make this be such a great event.”
For more information about Child’s Voice or to make a contribution to help change the lives of the students at Child’s Voice, please visit www.ChildsVoice.org.
For over 22 years, Child’s Voice has been changing lives of children with hearing loss and their families. Child’s Voice has grown from a school serving only six students, to a thriving comprehensive program providing services to over 390 children with hearing loss from birth through age eight. The mission of Child’s Voice is to empower children with hearing loss to be successful in all educational and social settings by optimizing their listening, speaking and academic skills. www.childsvoicesho.wpengine.com.
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