Callier Cares Luncheon Fundraiser To Honor Sara Martineau And Raise Funds For Communication Disorders

If you were asked which one of your senses would you miss the most, hearing might not be the #1 on the list. Perhaps it’s just taken for granted. But if you’ve experienced the loss of hearing or the ability to communicate, then you just might ramp it up to the top spot.

Kersten Rettig (File photo)

Kersten Rettig (File photo)

Kersten Rettig, who lost the hearing in one ear years ago, just learned that the hearing in her other ear is in jeopardy. As she described it recently,

“I am losing my hearing. Today, this very minute, I hear the internal roar of impending hearing loss in one ear. My good ear. 13 years ago I lost 100% of my hearing in my right ear due to a still undiagnosed illness. Since then, I’ve had episodes in which the noise inside my head turns up and I hear what sounds like a jet engine and clicking in my skull. That is what impending hearing loss sounds like and I hope you never hear it. I’m on medication to help prevent more loss but a hearing test Monday revealed I’ve already gone from moderate to severe hearing loss in the one that works. I could wake up tomorrow and hear, or I could wake up tomorrow to something else. Think about what you like to hear, your children’s voices, beautiful music, the sound of your own voice, and really treasure it while you have it. And if you think about it, please say a little prayer that I can hear those things a little longer.”

Sara Martineau (File photo)

Sara Martineau (File photo)

That’s a very strong message that needs heeding. But it’s a message that the folks at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders appreciate and understand. They’ve been at the forefront in communications disorders since 1963 (aka 51 years).

This year the 3rd Annual Callier Cares Luncheon fundraiser will be held at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, May 6, to honor petite blonde fundraiser Sara Martineau with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Cares Award. The award is “presented annually to an individual or group of individuals who has contributed significantly to advancing the care of patients with communication disorders.” Sara fits the description to a “T”. In addition to being a longtime advocate for Callier, she is also past president of the Foundation for Callier Center.

Luncheon Co-Chairs Betsy Cullum and Sissy Cullum have arranged for the keynote speaker to be Terry Price, who in addition to being director of music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, is also a “grateful patient” of Callier.

Proceeds from the luncheon will go to the Callier Care Fund to “help children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.”

Tickets are available right here.



  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Jeanne. I had no idea the Callier Center existed and am so much more hopeful at this moment than I have been in a long time. I read the first paragraph of the Callier\’s home page about Lena\’s hearing loss and can completely identify with it. My friend Blake Stephenson, knowing about my situation, invited me to be her guest at the luncheon since Modern Luxury Dallas is a sponsor. I look forward to going and learning more about their programs. Thank you again, Jeanne.