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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Max Weinberg to perform with Summit Speech School graduate Jake Whitenight at 26th Annual Spring Benefit luncheon.

Committee Members and New Providence residents Kara Thoms and Maggie Reilly with preschoolers Aubrey Troche and Gabriel Reis.

BEDMINSTER, NJ - Summit Speech School will host the 26th Annual Spring Benefit on Tuesday, April 19 at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ – two events in one day.  The event is chaired by Jayne Kredatus of Bridgewater, NJ and will honor Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, and feature 9-year-old Summit Speech School student and gifted singer, Jake Whitenight.  The 10 a.m. luncheon keynote speaker will be Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  The evening program will begin at 6:00 PM and will feature cocktails, dinner and music.  All proceeds benefit the deaf and hard of hearing kids at Summit Speech School.

Honoree Kevin Cummings

Good friend and School supporter Kevin Cummings was a member of the Summit Speech School Board of Directors from 2007-2014, chairing it for three of those years.  Kevin has been instrumental in forming a close partnership between Investors Bank and Summit Speech School.

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Student Speaker Jake Whitenight

Jake is a graduate of Summit Speech School, a thriving 9-year-old and aspiring musician.  He loves to sing, play piano/keyboard, swim, ride his bike, and engage in endless conversation beyond his years.  Jake has recorded several outstanding You Tube videos showcasing his singing talent, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform on stage with Max Weinberg! 

Luncheon Keynote Speaker Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, bandleader, author and longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  

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.

Generous sponsorship support for the event has been received from Investors Bank, Bayview Foundation, C.R. Bard, Pluckemin Inn – Gloria LaGrassa, Richard and Poppy Segal, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Judith E. Campbell, Celgene Corporation, Murphy Family, Diane and Robert Goldberg, Robert and Tracy Crigler, DiFrancescoBateman, Hencar Productions, Hendricks & Hendricks Attorneys at Law, The Rubino OB/GYN Group, Primary Care Physicians Group, and Pampered Chef/Maggie Reilly.

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