NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summit Speech School’s 3rd Annual Fall Benefit Concert grossed $184,000 on November 2nd for the School’s programs that teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and talk. The concert featured Mark Rivera and The Little Big Band playing British Invasion songs. In addition, alumna Anne Kleinle of Basking Ridge and her family spoke about the School’s transformative training and support at an early age when Anne was first diagnosed with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
Anne Kleinle, a junior at Ridge High school, described her success in academics and extracurricular activities, including participating in the field hockey North Jersey Section 1 Group 4 championships. Anne’s parents, Joanne and Reed, spoke about their journey from feeling alone with their baby girl’s diagnosis of deafness, to feeling supported and confident about the best educational and medical choices that have empowered Anne to reach her fullest potential in mainstream schools and in their community.
Over 200 attendees enjoyed the dinner, dancing, music and live auction. Concert sponsors were Platinum: AJ Jersey, Inc., Bamber Real Estate, Blair Road Partners, William Bori and Family, Cheney Brothers Building and Remodeling, Frazier Industrial Company, The Galiher Family, Investors Bank, Solar Landscape, and John and Sharon Tompkins. Gold sponsors were Brinton Brosius, Chatham Asset Management, Restaurant Serenade, Rubino OB/GYN Group, Drs. Robert and Susan Rubino, and Trax Car Wash. Silver sponsors were Anderson & Company, PC, Glaze Salon, LLC, Gluten Free Gloriously, Carol and Sam Hensley, JT’s Confections, Mediterranean Tile, S. Myers CPA, LLC, Salerno Duane Auto Group, Tomar Industries, The Debbie Woerner Team, LLC, Bronze: Argent Contracting Co., Inc., Bourne, Noll and Kenyon, Connect Consulting, Fresh Face and Eye, Kathy Gallaher, Rachel Gallic Photography, Prestige Diner, Simonfay Landscape Services, and TBS Controls, LLC.
Mary Baumont, Executive Director of the School, thanked the School’s Board of Directors for supporting the concert, especially the Event Chair Cindi Galiher and the Board Development Committee Bill Bori, Susan Rubino, John Thoms and John Tompkins, and Michele Williers for organizing the event.
Summit Speech School was the first “speech” school in New Jersey for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, founded in 1967 when smaller, better hearing aids were becoming available and just after the national epidemic of maternal rubella between 1962 and 1965 caused deafness in over 20,000 newborns. The Junior League of Summit partnered with Overlook Hospital to open Summit Speech School as an oral deaf preschool at a small, blue house owned by the Hospital. The School moved to a customized large building in New Providence in 1994, and now each year serves over 300 children, ages birth through high school, from northern and central New Jersey. The children all have access to sound through digital hearing aids or cochlear implants.