|NVRC Team N-Power Raises $900 For Walk4HearingHLAA Exceeds Its Goal!
By Cheryl Heppner, 11/8/11
The morning of Sunday, November 6 was dark and overcast as Galaxy and I made the trip to Washington, DC’s beautiful Tidal Basin area for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Washington, D.C. Walk4Hearing. Just as I found parking the heavy cloud cover began to lift. I am absolutely certain the rapid change to a brilliant blue sky with bright sunlight was powered by the enthusiasm of hundreds of people arriving for the walk, and also the cheerful, efficient volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen.
I wasn’t the only one arriving early and I was soon swept up in the carnival-like atmosphere. Centered around an area with one bright canopy were activities for young children while they and their parents awaited the start of the walk. A juggler taught children how to balance and spin a plate, a magician kept them puzzled, and a balloon artist created animals and objects for them. Cotton candy, popcorn, and lots of snacks beckoned. I hung around this area with Galaxy and handed out some toys and trinkets to the children as a gift from NVRC’s little yellow dog.
Throughout the other areas of the walk’s home base I could see a steady stream of people hugging and chatting and I could hear an occasional squeal of delight when old friends were reunited.
The pre-walk program proceeded briskly and it was a grand experience to see and hear the beautiful singing of Ron Lanier, Director of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, while NVRC’s Kalen Beck provided sign language interpreting.
My hat is off to Ronnie Adler, Rebecca Lander and others on the team planning this year’s Washington Walk4Hearing. They continue to improve the experience for participants each year. Although I arrived quite early, dozens of signs were already in place to direct to the official walk site and to direct walkers as they made their way around the course. Volunteers were also at every intersection to stop traffic during the walk whenever it reached the area. I left the walk with a smile that lasted a good long time.
The Washington, DC Walk4Hearing is the last of more than 20 held across the U.S. during the past year. In just a short period of time the walks have grown to be a highly-anticipated annual event that raises awareness about hearing loss and helps to support HLAA’s programs and services both at the national and local level. This year the walks received strong support from several corporations. Gold sponsors were Advanced Bionics, Audiotoniq, Beltone, CapTel, CaptionCall, Cochlear, and Phonak. T-Mobile was a silver sponsor, and AARP was a presenting sponsor. Mike Orscheln, CEO of Phonak, was the walk’s National Business Chair.
Team NVRC N-Power was delighted to play a part in this walk. We thank everyone who helped us raise a total of $900, exceeding our goal of $750. The best news of all is that HLAA has met and exceeded its goal for the Walk4Hearing campaign as well. Aiming high with a $1.2 million target, their latest total shows they’ve raised $1, 213,407.