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Summit Speech School to Celebrate its Roots at the 27th Annual Spring Benefit on April 4

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From left are Spring Benefit Committee member Maggie Reilly, Summit Speech School mom Amanda Choi with her daughter Samantha Choi, and Rose Mathesius, Summit Speech School volunteer. Credits: Summit Speech School
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The idyllic Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster is once again the perfect setting for non-profit Summit Speech School’s 27th Annual Spring Benefit, which features two events in one day! 

The 10 a.m. luncheon presentation and 6 p.m. dinner party will have fabulous silent and ticket auctions, grand raffle with cash prizes, a gourmet chocolate sale, and a wine pull. 

This year, Summit Speech School is thrilled to have parent Randi Silverstein as chair of the Spring Benefit, along with a large group of enthusiastic, passionate volunteer committee members who bring knowledge, resources, and unique expertise in helping the School raise crucial funds for its programs and services. Summit Speech School is grateful for their commitment to its hearing impaired children.
 
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Summit Speech School’s Spring Benefit started as a flower show 27 years ago. “We are so excited to be ‘going back to our roots’ at this year’s luncheon by featuring a floral design presentation by botanist and floral designer Samantha Rothman, owner of Fairview Farm and Flowers. It’s very special to be honoring our beginnings at this year’s Benefit,” said Randi Silverstein. 
Summit Speech School’s young children often enter the School at a challenging time in their lives, with some only able to say a few words, if any at all. Just as the winter days end and the long-awaited spring brings forth its fresh blooms, Summit Speech School is a place where children overcome longstanding obstacles and begin to blossom and grow into active participants in the speaking world.
 
A big part of this amazing transformation in Summit Speech School students is due to the profound dedication of the School’s staff. This year, the Spring Benefit will honor Ellen Hansen, Summit Speech School’s beloved pediatric audiologist, and feature Summit Speech School alumna Becca Von Langen. After the luncheon concludes, the evening dinner party will kick-off with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, and music. All event proceeds benefit the School’s deaf and hard of hearing kids. Summit Speech School and the Spring Benefit Committee are looking forward to a very memorable, enjoyable, and successful event.    
 
About Summit Speech School
Founded in 1967, Summit Speech School teaches deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and speak for themselves, so they can succeed as part of the hearing world.  The School works with children and their families, from infancy through high school, to develop skills in listening, learning, and communicating, building on the student’s own hearing ability supplemented with modern technology such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.
 
Summit Speech School offers three educational programs – a Parent/Infant Program that works individually with children and their primary caregivers from birth to 3 years of age, a Preschool for children 3-5 years old that prepares them to enter mainstream schools in kindergarten or first grade, and a Mainstream Support Program serving children in grades K-12 in local schools throughout northern and central New Jersey.  The Summit Speech School Audiology Center specializes in the assessment and management of pediatric hearing loss.
 
The School currently serves about 225 children from northern and central New Jersey.  Over the years, its students have shown remarkable success in learning to listen and talk without the use of sign language.

Invitations have been mailed. You can reserve your tickets now, donate an auction item, sponsor the Benefit, or place an advertisement or honorary message in our Commemorative Journal by calling the Development Office - Calli Heenan at 908-508-0495, or cheenan@summitspeech.org.

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