SOLD OUT ALERT: Callier Cares Luncheon

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Lisa Troutt (File photo)

Kern Wildenthal (File photo)

Well, Emilynn Wilson has gone and done it. She said she would hit the “Sold Out” mark for Thursday’s Callier Cares Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club, and word just arrived that the ballroom is filled.

But then how could she lose with Lisa Troutt as her honorary chair, Dr. Kern Wildenthal receiving the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award, and noted audiology researcher Dr. Sharon Kujawa being presented with the 2017 Callier Prize?

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the patients in need through the Callier Care Fund at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

Grovel Alert: Callier Cares Luncheon

With the Callier Cares Luncheon still 10 days away, Event Chair Emilynn Wilson and Honorary Chair Lisa Troutt report that the tickets are nearly gone with the wind. They’ve nearly filled the entire Dallas Country Club’s ballroom thanks to having the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award being presented to Dr. Kern Wildenthal and the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders awarded to Dr. Sharon Kujawa.

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Lisa Troutt (File photo)

While Kern is well known for his leadership in healthcare administration, clinical medicine, education, biomedical research and philanthropy, Sharon may not be a familiar name. That’s because she’s not a local. She’s the director of audiology research and a senior scientist at the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Her focus is “to clarify mechanisms and manifestations of common forms of acquired sensorineural hearing loss in humans; particularly, those due to aging and exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs.”

In addition to receiving the Prize at the Thursday, April 20th luncheon, she’ll be the keynote speaker at the Callier Prize Conference at Callier Dallas the following day.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Callier Care Fund that was created by Ruth and Ken Altshuler to “help children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.”

Suggestion: Don’t put off buying that ticket much longer, because it just not be there.

Three Days Of Letter Signing Got Underway For Callier Cares Luncheon At Beth Layton’s Dining Room Table

Beth Layton

All was not clear Tuesday, January 10, at Beth Layton’s home. While  Callier Care Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson arrived early to arrange stacks of letterhead and envelopes on the dining room table for a three-day-athon of letter signing, hostess Beth was already head down, hand-signing the letters.

Looking up briefly, Beth complained the windows looking out on the street weren’t pristine. Instead of grabbing a bottle of Windex, Beth just got back to signing.

Missing in action was Callier Center for Communication Disorders’ Dr. Tom Campbell, who is usually one of the first ones at the signing. Instead he was under the weather and not in the sharing mood.

Jill Edgington and Emilynn Wilson

For the next three days, peeps like Marybeth Conlon, Stacy Crouch, Marie DeCamp Dean, Jill Edgington, Louise Griffeth, Stephanie Haley, Angie Kadesky, Jean Lattimore, Vicky Lattner, Pat McEvoy, Richard Neely, Barbara Stuart, Betty Suellentrop, Beth Thoele and Kristina Whitcomb would converge on Beth’s home to personally address letters to friends and supporters about the Callier Cares luncheon honoring Dr. Kern Wildenthal with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award.

The event will take place at the Dallas Country Club on Thursday, April 20, and the luncheon speaker will be announced in the days ahead. If you haven’t received your letter, go ahead and get your seat reserved.

Callier Cares Luncheon Patrons Gather At Honorary Co-Chairs Michal And Lloyd Powell’s Home To Hear About Plans

The sky was blue without a cloud in the sky on Tuesday, March 1. While primary voting was ending, guests were gathering at Michal and Lloyd Powell’s too-comfy home. The occasion was the Callier Cares Luncheon patron party. Thanks to the perfect weather, the terrace with the outdoor bar was as inviting as the Powell dining room with a table set with sliders, stuffed tomatoes, mini-ice cream cones and a centerpiece from Garden Gate.

Caleb Powell, Stuart Bumpass, Michal and Lloyd Powell

Caleb Powell, Stuart Bumpass, Michal and Lloyd Powell

On the terrace, Powell son Caleb Powell joined his parents as they talked with Callier Cares Honoree Stuart Bumpas, who explained that wife Diane Bumpas was on her way. No sooner had he said that than Diane arrived at the doorway.

Diane Bumpas and Lynn McBee

Diane Bumpas and Lynn McBee

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Other arrivals who appeared right on time were Ruth and Ken Altshuler, who found themselves merrily on the couch talking to Pat Harloe and Lynn McBee.

But eventually the crowd, including University of Texas at Dallas Provost Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, Interim President of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Dr. James Bartlett, Carol and Don Glendenning and Cece Smith and Ford Lacy, gathered to hear about plans for the upcoming Callier Cares Luncheon at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, April 19.

Barbara and John Stuart and Angie Kadesky

Barbara and John Stuart and Angie Kadesky

Callier Center Foundation President John Stuart did the official welcome. thanking Michal and Lloyd for hosting the party, and then introduced Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky.

As Angie pointed out, it was “especially meaningful” to have Michael and Lloyd serve as the honorary chairs, since Michal chaired the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball and Callier was one of its beneficiaries.

On a personal note, Angie told how her personal connection with the Center was due to one of her children benefiting from its services.

She thanked her committee and reported that tickets were moving briskly before turning the program over to Callier Center Executive Director Dr. Tom Campbell, who acknowledged Ruth and Ken’s establishing the Callier Care Fund that benefits “children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.”

Tom Campbell, Hobson Wildenthal and James Bartlett

Tom Campbell, Hobson Wildenthal and James Bartlett

Seamlessly, he went on to explain how fitting it was that Stuart Bumpas would receive the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award, which is annually presented to “an individual or group who has contributed significantly to advancing care of patients with communication disorder.”

For the past 30 years, “Stuart has influenced and contributed to the Callier Center’s growth through his service on the board of trustees of the Foundation for the Callier Center.”

After reminding guests of Callier’s unique, three-part mission — treatment, training and research — he told of future projects that would help the mission including the the new autism center that opened in May, the Crystal Charity Ball’s providing funds to provide hearing aids and services to children of poverty, and the groundbreaking of the new 50,000-square-foot Callier Richardson Expansion with its state-of-the-art clinic and training facility scheduled to open in the fall.

With ticket sales moving along, Tom broke the news that the luncheon speaker would be Highland Park honors graduate/University of North Texas freshman Bailey Turfitt, who “will share the challenges she faced and the victories she celebrated growing up with severe hearing impairment.”

SOLD OUT ALERT: Callier Cares Luncheon

There’s nothing better than hearing the words “Sold Out!” And that’s what Callier Cares Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis was reporting this morning at Bachendorf’s in Preston Center East, when she picked up the 2015 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award from Lawrence Bock.

Tiffany Divis and Lawrence Bock

Tiffany Divis and Lawrence Bock

But don’t show the photo to awardee Mike McCullough. He doesn’t want to see the award until the lunch at Brook Hollow on Thursday, April 30.

If you want to get sentimental, you need to drop by Bachendorf’s within the next couple of weeks. Lawrence explained that the jewelry store is going to go through a major overhaul. Where the Baccarat and Waterford crystals now shimmer will be Rolexes galore. And, no, the crystals collectibles and gifts aren’t going away. They’re just moving a few feet away to their own neat nook. As for business, it will be as usual. The work will take place in phases, so Mother’s Day, wedding and graduation purchases will still be a snap.

As for the luncheon, there is a waiting list , so you can try and should because mom Rhoni Golden will talk about “her personal journey of navigating her [autistic] son’s treatment and acre towards the goal of a happy and fulfilling life” thank to Callier.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit patients in need through the Callier Care Fund.

Letter Signing Kicks Off Plans For April 30th Callier Cares Luncheon

For eons there have been reasons to get together to work on a project with friends, have some delicious food and to chat it up. In the mid-19th century, the quilting bee provided an opportunity to create a blanket of several pieces of cloth.

Today, the modern “bee” is the letter signing come together at which men and women hunker down at a table with pens in hand and a stack of letters to personalize. Oh, they do more than sign their John Hancocks. Each signer checks to see if they know the recipient and add a note.

Callier Cares letter signing

Callier Cares letter signing

On Thursday, January 8, one of these letter signing sessions was in high gear for the Thursday, April 30th Callier Cares Luncheon at Brook Hollow Golf Club at Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis’ home. As promised, there was plenty of food, from snacks on the dining room table to a spread in the kitchen and dining room.

Food for signing

Food for signing

From noon until late afternoon, signers came to tackle the stack of letters.

In the kitchen that was filled with loads of food, Tiffany attempted to demonstrate her Flavia coffee machine with overflowing success. Her black-and-white cat that she found under a bush in Mexico as a kitten sunbathed in the study.

Louise Griffeth arrived with a big smile on her face. Her son had returned for the holiday from serving overseas. At the head of the table was Callier Center for Communication Disorder’s Dr. Thomas Campbell, who held his own with the table of gals like Callier Center Foundation Past President Pam Busbee, Leslie Diers, Rhoni Golden, Tricia George, Sara Martineau, Sissy Cullum, Sara Lee Gardner, Kara Goss, Rhonda Marcus, Elsa Norwood, Richard Neely, Carol Seay and Anne McPherson.

Pam Busbee

Pam Busbee

Rhoni Golden

Rhoni Golden

But the real talk of the day was about the Callier Care lunch honoring Mike McCullough this year with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. For years Mike has served as “‘Of Counsel’ to the Foundation for the Callier Center board.”

The event will also present Purdue’s Dr. Laurence Leonard with the Callier Prize, that “recognizes individuals whose leadership and research contributions have promoted scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.”

In addition to Tiffany, Marilyn Augur will serve as honorary chair for the Callier Center benefit for the Callier Care Fund.

This luncheon is always an “ear-opener”. Even those who have been attuned to communication disorders for years leave amazed at the developments and stories resulting from the center.

As soon as the speaker is revealed, the news will be posted here! In the meantime, ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available here!