JUST IN: 2017 Callier Cares Luncheon Nets $278,450

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson is a very happy camper. After chairing the sold-out Callier Cares Luncheon on Thursday, April 20, at the Dallas Country Club, she just heard from the number crunchers about the day’s results.

Whoa! The net proceeds from the event were $278,450. The funds will benefit the Callier Center for Communication Disorders‘s Callier Care Fund.

Of course, Emilynn is sharing the glory with her Honorary Chair Lisa Troutt and the honorees Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Dr. Sharon Kujawa.

Next year’s Callier Cares Chair Beth Thoele has her work cut out. Next Tuesday she’s chairing the Can Do! Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. In September she’s chairing the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 3. But she’s already got Brook Hollow locked down for the Tuesday, April 17th Callier Luncheon. Looks like Beth is gonna be a busy camper.

MySweet2017Goals: John Stuart

According to Foundation for the Callier Center President John Stuart,

John Stuart*

“My personal goal for the Foundation for the Callier Center is to build on the vision of Past President Bennett Cullum and continue to improve the visibility of Callier through a strong board, strong development and strong awareness within the greater community.

“My goal as Foundation for the Callier Center President aligns with our mission to support the Callier Center for Communication Disorders by increasing recognition of the center regionally and beyond, as well as boost our fundraising efforts that benefit patients with speech, language and hearing disorders who otherwise could not afford their care. I am hopeful that our annual Callier Cares Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at Dallas Country Club, will be another sold-out event thanks to the leadership of Chairman Emilynn Wilson.

“I want the citizens of Dallas and the greater Metroplex to know that right in their own backyard is the Callier Center – the crown jewel of treatment, training and research in communication disorders. Not only does Callier have brilliant researchers and clinicians, the people at Callier truly care and build relationships with individuals and families that last a lifetime.”

* Photo provided by Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Callier Cares Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson Announces Dr. Kern Wildenthal To Receive Ruth And Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award

Before the flurry of snow Friday became a convention of snowflakes stymieing afternoon traffic in North Texas, 2017 Callier Cares Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson held an intimate luncheon at the Warwick Melrose’s The Landmark Room’s private dining room. The purpose was the formal announcement of plans for the Thursday, April 20, luncheon benefiting patients in need through the Callier Care Fund.

Tom Campbell, John Stuart, Emilynn Wilson and Kern Wildenthal

With Callier Center Foundation President John Stuart and Callier Center for Communications Disorder Executive Director Tom Campbell in attendance, she revealed that former president of UT Southwestern/former president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation/community leader Dr. Kern Wildenthal would be the recipient of the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award and that Dr. Sharon Kujawa would receive the Callier Prize in Communication Disorder.

Kern, who just recently retired from Children’s Medical Center Foundation as president, reported that the day after his retirement he was called back to duty as a consultant for the foundation.

Lisa Troutt (File photo)

Cyndi Bassel (File photo)

Joining Emilynn in orchestrating the luncheon at the Dallas Country Club will be Honorary Chair Lisa Troutt and a host committee of hundreds including Kern’s former associate/Children’s Medical Center Foundation Senior Vice President Cyndi Bassel, who retired from the foundation Thursday. When asked what her future plans were, Cyndi responded, “I plan to light my fireplace and stay near it with a good book. A wonderful way to begin my new chapter.”

While tickets aren’t available, sponsorships are.

Callier Center Kicks Off A Whole Tradition For Callier Care Chairs With Paloma Picasso Bracelets

While a major golf tournament created a crammed parking lot at the Dallas Country Club, making it look like a luxury used car lot on Wednesday, October 12, a gathering of champs was taking place inside the clubhouse.

The “gathering” was the Past Chairs Luncheon with former Callier Cares Luncheon Chairs Barbara Stuart (2013), Betsy Cullum and Sissy Cullum (2014), Tiffany Divis (2015) and Angie Kadesky (2016), 2017 Chair Emilynn Wilson, Callier Center Foundation Board President John Stuart and Callier Center for Communications Disorders Executive Director Dr. Tom Campbell and Callier staffers.

From the left: (standing) Sissy Cullum, Tiffany Divis, Emilynn Wilson and Angie Kadesky; (seated) Betsy Cullum, Tom Campbell, Barbara and John Stuart

From the left: (standing) Sissy Cullum, Tiffany Divis, Emilynn Wilson and Angie Kadesky; (seated) Betsy Cullum, Tom Campbell, Barbara and John Stuart

Tom recalled how it was back in 2011 that Pam Busbee, Tricia George, Tincy Miller and Sara Martineau decided it was time for Callier to have an event and that the first chair should be Libby Hunt. Since that first luncheon in 2012, the annual fundraiser has provided more than $725,000 “to help provide care for patients in need.”

As Tom put it, “This is all due to the leadership of each one of you around this table. There really are no words to adequately express our gratitude — not just for the dollars raised but also for helping to educate our community about the Callier Center.”

While lunch was being served, the former chairs discussed “things that worked well” for the fundraiser and possible suggestions on how to improve on it.

Just before the group finished, Tom reported, “We want to carry forward with the tradition of holding the past chairs luncheon each fall. It will give us the opportunity to keep you all in the loop of the luncheon plans and allow you to share your wonderful thoughts and ideas related to the venue, speakers, awardees and details.”

In creating this “new tradition,” Tom then notified them that the Tiffany gift bags at each of their places contained “a keepsake” for each of the past chairs to wear to all the Callier Cares Luncheon and the Past Chairs Luncheon.

Inside were boxes containing Paloma Picasso’s “Loving Heart Bracelet.”

Goes nicely with the Callier Center’s heart logo.

And only goes to prove that leadership does warrant perks.

In Addition To Chairing 2017 Callier Cares, Emilynn Wilson Will Receive KidneyTexas’ 2016 Sue Goodnight Award

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson is going to be a busy gal in the months ahead. Not only is she chairing the 2017 Callier Cares fundraiser for Callier Center for Communications Disorders, she’s gonna be on the receiving end of accolades. On Tuesday, September 20, she’ll be presented the Sue Goodnight Award at KidneyTexas’ “The Runway Report” luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow that’s being chaired by McKamy Tiner.

The 2016 beneficiaries include Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal – National Kidney Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Dallas Methodist Hospitals Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

Callier Cares Luncheon Honors Stuart Bumpas And Reveals Results From Research And Development For The Hearing Impaired

Brook Hollow was jammed on Tuesday, April 19, for the Callier Center’s Callier Cares. In the Oak Room, where the VIP reception was being held, a lucky few were telling tales of the Sweetheart Ball chaired by Perot sisters Nancy Perot, Suzanne McGee, Carolyn Rathjen and Katherine Reeves the previous Saturday at Brook Hollow. It was one of those nights when the younger members headed home early perhaps to relieve babysitters. But the older set like Ross Perot took the mic while Roger Horchow donned a top hat and tickled the ivories in the Oak Room. Just in case, Margot Perot had songbooks printed for the sing-a-long. There was even a rumor that a cigar was seen being lit up.

Stuart Bumpas

Stuart Bumpas

But back to the luncheon’s VIP reception. Looking around the room, it was pretty much even-steven gals vs. guys thanks to honoree Stuart Bumpas and Honorary Co-Chairs Michal and Lloyd Powell.

Eventually the crowd including Mike McCullough, Libby Hunt, Beth Thoele, Di Johnston, Kevin Kadesky, Tricia George, Kristina Whitcomb, Hobson Wildenthal, Lisa Cooley, Debbie Oates, Shelle Sills, Ann Dyer, Don Glendenning, Robyn Conlon, Jill Rowlett, Tiffany Divis, Christie Carter, Louise Griffeth, Kern Wildenthal, Lisa Longino, Barbara Stuart and Stuart’s wife Diane Bumpas and son Joe Bumpas heard the chimes and made their way to the ballroom. Now to get them in their chairs? That was a challenge. One person suggested starting a prayer and another recommended drafting Melissa Macatee do her call-to-order whistle. Luckily, neither was necessary as the guests took their seats.

Tricia George, Di Johnston and Kristina Whitcomb

Tricia George, Di Johnston and Kristina Whitcomb

With Callier Center Executive Director Tom Campbell serving as emcee and videos briefly and beautifully showcasing Callier’s services and accomplishments, the rest of the luncheon continued hitting home runs.

Kevin and Angie Kadesky

Kevin and Angie Kadesky

This luncheon was a very personal one, as was proven by Luncheon Chair/mother of six Angie Kadesky. With her daughter Erin Kadesky at her side, Angie told how Callier had been instrumental in Erin’s adapting and overcoming the challenges of hearing loss. The results have been Erin’s flourishing in school.

And then there was Mandy and Jaime Palmer, whose infant son Howard Palmer was diagnosed with hearing loss. A video proved the success of Howard’s cochlear implants showing the moment when toddler Howard heard sound for the first time.

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

To back up the testimonials, Ruth Altshuler took the podium to present Stuart with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. She admitted that she had risen from her sick bed to celebrate honoree Stuart Bumpas, who had once been the kid next door. Thanks to Ruth’s off-the-cuff remarks, everyone felt as if they had lived next door to Stuart and bought Cutco products from him when the Locke Lord attorney was a 13-year-old.

Stuart in accepting the award tapped the knowledge and experiences of the late actor Lon Chaney, whose parents were deaf, and Academy Award winning/hearing impaired Marlee Matlin. Ever gracious, he thanked everyone associate with Callier.

Bailey Turfitt

Bailey Turfitt

The final testimonial was presented by a Callier hero, Bailey Turfitt, who told how her loss of hearing hadn’t held her back from her love of music. The Highland Park graduate recalled how she had played the clarinet and flute, earning awards and graduating with honors and being inducted as a National Merit Scholar.

Following Bailey, Foundation of Callier Center President John Stuart proved a charming and talented closer. He applauded the Callier staff for their support, especially after he initially pointed folks in the wrong direction to pick up their cars. With humor, he corrected the error. But before dispatching guests, he revealed that Emilynn Wilson would chair the 2017 luncheon at the Dallas Country Club.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Callier Cares Luncheon

Callier Cares once again proved to be educational and entertaining, while honoring Callier Center’s longtime supporter Stuart Bumpas on Tuesday, April 19, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

While the post is being prepared, pictures of the luncheon can be seen over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Callier Cares Letters Are Signed, Sealed And Being Delivered

The chilly temps and clouds almost seemed like a relief on Wednesday, January 6, compared to the December 26th tornado teardown.

Still, a warm household with wood floors, brick walls and fireplaces glowing through was the perfect place to be. And that spot was Callier Cares Chair Angie Kadesky’s home-sweet-home complete with “Kevin’s Pub” in the back of the house. Seems that when the Kadeskys were expanding their home, husband Kevin Kadesky talked with the builder and the two arranged to have the former kitchen transformed into a mini-pub.

Thomas Campbell and Angie Kadesky

Thomas Campbell and Angie Kadesky

While Angie and Callier Center for Communication Disorder Assistant Director of Development Jennifer Fowler were discussing deets of the upcoming lunch’s patron party, Callier Center Executive Director Dr. Thomas Campbell, Tricia George, Barbara Stuart, Page Henrion and Richard Neely were exercising their John Hancocks on letters to potential guests and sponsors.

Tricia George and Barbara Stuart

Tricia George and Barbara Stuart

Richard Neely

Richard Neely

Page Henrion

Page Henrion

When someone noted Barbara’s new car parked out front, she admitted that she had lost her “vehicular love” last July, thanks to a run-in on Beverly. Now, she was driving an Infiniti and still waiting for metal license plates.

As the humans around the dining room table did their handiwork, the Kadesky critters (Fred the Ragdoll and Chester the Cavalier) didn’t seem the least bit flustered. After all, with six munchkins in the Kadesky household, what’s a handful of adults.

Fred

Fred

Chester

Chester

The letters dropped in the mail this past Monday. Give the postal service a couple of days to get them to your mail box. If they don’t show up, let the Callier team know. After all, you don’t want to miss the patron party or the lunch on Tuesday, April 19, honoring Stuart Bumpas with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award.

Callier Cares Luncheon Leadership Gathers For Lunch At The Melrose To Discuss Lunch At Brook Hollow Golf Club

Angie Kadesky and Michal Powell

Angie Kadesky and Michal Powell

While the buses lined up in front of the Melrose Hotel’s back driveway that years ago fronted the pool instead of the parking lot, inside a small group of folks gathered inside The Landmark restaurant for lunch on Wednesday, November 4.

It was to discuss plans for the 2016 Callier Cares Luncheon. Callier Cares Chair Angie Kadesky revealed that the Callier Care Fund fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Included in the group was attorney Stuart Bumpas, who will be presented the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award for his 30 years of serving on the Foundation for the Callier Center board.

Stuart Bumpas

Stuart Bumpas

Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

According to Callier Center for Communication Disorders Executive Director Thomas Campbell, Stuart’s “longstanding dedication has played an instrumental role in the growth of the Callier Center and in making lives better for patients with communication disorders.”

The award “is presented annually to an individual or group of individuals who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and to advancing the care of patients with communication disorders.”

Honorary Co-Chair Michal Powell managed to squeeze in the get-together in between her job of chairing the December 5th Crystal Charity Ball.

Individual tickets start at $150 and tables of 10 range from $1,500 to $25,000.

Callier Center Gets A Nice Check And Reveals 2016 Chair And Deets

Tiffany Divis (File photo)

Tiffany Divis (File photo)

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

There’s no better way to start the week than with good news. So, here goes. The Callier Care Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis just handed over a check for more than $200,000 to The Callier Center for Communication Disorder at The University of Texas at Dallas.

According to Callier Center Executive Director Dr. Thomas Campbell, “The ability to hear, speak and connect is a precious gift. I am deeply thankful to each and every person who cares about our patients. Their generosity ensures that children and adults have access to essential care regardless of income level or insurance coverage.”

But, wait! Dr. Campbell had more great news. He revealed that the 5th Annual Callier Cares Luncheon will be chaired by Angie Kadesky, who co-chaired last year’s Equest luncheon and that one netted $265,000.

Angie has already set the date and location for the Callier fundraiser. It will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Brook Hollow. As more deets arrive, you’ll find ‘em here.

Callier Cares Saluted An Attorney And A Doctor Plus A Mom Helped By Callier Center For Communication Disorders And “Hope”

Being a parent doesn’t offer much if one looks at it as a career choice. The hours are a nightmare — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for a lifetime. There are no raises, vacations or promotions. Working conditions are rugged. Rarely do you have time to yourself. You are likely to graduate from baby spit-ups to staying up all night waiting for your “child” to make it home safely from a date.

Still the longterm benefits are worth it all — grandchildren, hugs and the smiles that grow with the years. The good news is that over the years, the kids do “grow up” and act…well, like grown-ups.

But there are parents who may not look forward to such self-sufficiency and rewards since their children have autism and, depending upon the degree, may be dependent upon their parents all their lives.

Rhoni Golden

Rhoni Golden

That situation became very apparent at Brook Hollow on Thursday, April 30, as Callier Cares Luncheon speaker Rhoni Golden told of the life journey that she, her husband and three children have taken with 9-year-old son Gray, who was severely autistic. As a former physical therapist, Rhoni and her husband aggressively sought help in dealing with Gray’s situation. She told of countless attempts to discover, diagnose and make the best choices for Gray.

Time and again, their efforts were fruitless and frustrating.

One of their chief concerns was their ability to communicate with Gray in any form. It was Callier Center for Communication Disorders that helped the Golden family work through it. After experiencing healthcare providers and organizations that seemed to just go through the motions, she realized that they needed professionals who had both a passion to assist and a track record of success. She found that combination at Callier, so much so that she ended up joining the board and becoming an advocate.

Another turning point in the Golden family was the arrival of Hope, an autism service dog. Literally tethered together with Hope, Gray was able to “join the family on community outings so that everyone enjoyed themselves.”

In conclusion, Rhoni admitted that her family was not a happily-ever-after story. But with the pride of a warrior, she told that her family had dinner at a restaurant without a problem recently. In their world that was better than a straight A report card.

Sharon McCullough and Marilyn Augur

Sharon McCullough and Marilyn Augur

Libby Hunt

Libby Hunt

For those in the audience like Honorary Chair Marilyn Augur, Event Chair Tiffany Divis, Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Linda Custard, Sara Martineau, Tucean and David Webb, Leslie Diers, Christie Carter, Mary Clare Finney, Heather Furniss, Nancy Hunt and daughter Libby Allred, Elizabeth Fischer and mom Gail Fischer, Patricia Meadows, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Michal Powell, Wanda Farr and Bert Moore, Rhoni was a hero.

Another hero was attorney Mike McCullough, who graciously accepted the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. Having been involved with Callier since its inception in 1963, Mike thanked the Altshulers for their countless contributions to the community, the Callier team, his firm and his family.

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Another hero was Dr. Laurence Leonard of Purdue University, who received the 2015 Callier Prize for his work with children and was called a “leading scholar and prolific scientist in the study of children with specific language impairment, a language disorder that delays the mastery of language skills in children who have no hearing loss or significant delays in other developmental areas.”

For more photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Callier Cares Luncheon

Lunches are more interesting when someone quietly emerges as a hero. There are the obvious ones who are well known for their professional contributions that go way over the norm — folks like attorney Mike McCullough and medical types like Dr. Laurence Leonard.

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Mike McCullough

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

Tom Campbell and Laurence Leonard

And then there others, who despite being dealt a not-so-wonderful hand of cards manage to rise above the fray. Such a person was discovered at the Callier Cares Luncheon on Thursday, April 30, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Story is being completed, but check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery to peruse the peeps who were there.

Round Robin April 22: Callier Cares, Cherish The Children And Legends And Leaders Patron Parties

Once again North Texas was being threatened with all types of storms on Wednesday, April 22. Gee. This is getting old. Still, the Heroes and Handbags held a wrap-up party at Alexander McQueen in Highland Park Village; Battle of the Chefs was waging a foodie fight at Frontiers of Flight Museum for the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation; and AWARE patrons were OMG-ing at Margaret McDermott’s home-sweet-home with Barbara Sypult chairing. Needless to say, nobody wanted to leave Margaret’s “cottage.”

Other patron parties taking place throughout the area included:

Callier Cares Patron Reception

Over at Libby and David Hunt’s home in Volk Estates, it was a family affair. The occasion was the Callier luncheon’s Callier Cares patron party for the fundraiser luncheon on Thursday, April 30, at Brook Hollow.

Mike and Sharon McCullough and Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Mike and Sharon McCullough and Ruth and Ken Altshuler

The family angle was Mike McCullough, who would receive the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Award for his years of advising Callier. If you’re brand new on the subject or are just having a momentarily “Can’t remember” second, Mike is the dad of Libby Hunt. See the connection?

Tiffany Divis, Libby Hunt, Tom Campbell, Betsy Cullum, Sissy Cullum and Barbara Stuart

Tiffany Divis, Libby Hunt, Tom Campbell, Betsy Cullum, Sissy Cullum and Barbara Stuart

Another connection for the night was the gathering of past and present Callier Cares chairs Barbara Stuart, Libby, Sissy Cullum, Betsy Cullum and Tiffany Divis (2015).

Bob and Ann Dyer

Bob and Ann Dyer

Patricia Meadows and Carol Seay

Patricia Meadows and Carol Seay

As Ruth and Ken arrived, Carol Seay, Patricia Meadows, Richard Neely, Carolyn Lupton, Jean Lattimore, Paul Divis, Dr. Tom Campbell and John Stuart were already in place to learn that Angie Kadesky has agreed to chair the 2016 luncheon benefiting Callier.

Cherish The Children Patron Party

Dallas CASA was just plain being adorable with acclaimed impressionist-expressionist artist Leoma Lovegrove at the still-new Dallas CASA headquarters. Leoma’s work of art will be auctioned off at the Cherish The Children Luncheon on Thursday, May 7, at the Dallas Country Club.

You can expect a lot of Thetas in the room. The reason? They’ll be the honorees for their work in raising funds for Dallas CASA.

Legends And Leaders Patron Party

While mom Margaret McDermott was hosting the AWARE patrons at her home, daughter Mary McDermott Cook was having a party for the VNA‘s Legends and Leaders Luncheon patrons.

Perhaps it was ironic that the party was being held on Earth Day at Mary’s “Dump Top,” a home that’s set atop a blend of glorified recycling items.

Mary McDermott, Dan Patterson and Tom Brokaw

Mary McDermott, Dan Patterson and Tom Brokaw

Still the glorious Bill Booziotis-designed creation continues to be jaw dropping. Some may not know that Mary and VNA featured speaker Tom Brokaw share a wrist-twisting interest — fly fishing. While some waited in line to have photos taken with Brokaw or have their books signed by the noted journalist/author, Mary and Tom compared wrist techniques.

 John and Lynne Sears and Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

John and Lynne Sears and Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

Before discussing fishy ways with Tom, Mary was recalling school days at Dallas Country Day School on Lomo Alto with fellow grad John Sears. She told how her dad (Eugene McDermott) and John’s lawyer grandfather had been great friends. They never mentioned the fact that both men were outstanding leaders in 20th century Dallas.

Rena Pederson

Rena Pederson

Mary recalled how Sundays had the kids lined up and asked what they had learned during the week by John’s grandfather. If their answers were right, he rewarded them with a dollar. Mary lived to collect those dollars.

Others in the crowd included Lyda Hill fresh from receiving the 2015 Mary Harriman Award. She didn’t have much time to kick back and enjoy the accolades. She was headed to South Africa in connection with the National Geographic project that she’s supporting…Rena Pederson blushing over the accolades that she’s been receiving about her book, “The Burma Spring.”

As for Tom, he looked a bit weary, and why not. The man, who just turned 75, had just announced in December that he was in remission from his battle with cancer.

Callier Cares Luncheon Honors Sara Martineau For Her Advocation And Compassion

When most folks think info hearing impairment, they think a hearing aid will solve the problem in a snap. Well, that theory was dismissed Tuesday, May 6, at the Dallas Country Club for the 3rd Annual Callier Cares Luncheon honoring Sara Martineau with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Cares Award.

Patricia Meadows and Sara Martineau

Patricia Meadows and Sara Martineau

Looking around the room of fresh young faces and more experienced ones, there was no sign of whom where the beneficiaries and who were the benefactors of the event. First of all, speech and hearing challenges are rarely apparent from a check around a room. It is not apparent to anyone until communication is attempted.

Terry Price

Terry Price

Second, all audio and verbal issues are not limited to loss. Luncheon speaker Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Terry Price told of his own battle with Tinnitus, a sound that lives within a person’s head. No one else can hear it and each case is unique, but it can range from a 24-hour bothersome tone to a life-long torment. Thanks to Callier, Terry has been received “innovative care that save his musical life.”

On the other hand, speech can be dramatically affected by stroke or limited use of the tongue.

But thanks to developments resulting from the Callier Center, relief and improvements in both areas have resulted. Not total resolution. Those are still ahead. But the improvement in the lives of patients and the “hope” of recovery are on the table at Callier.

Janet and Troy Dungan and Jill and Tracy Rowlett

Janet and Troy Dungan and Jill and Tracy Rowlett

In the crowd of supporters filling the ballroom to the max were Kersten Rettig, Sarah Losinger, Diane and Stuart Bumpas, Margaret Stafford and Janet and Troy Dungan with old buddies Jill and Tracy Rowlett.

Sara, who has been an ardent supporter of the Center, since the year she chaired the Crystal Charity Ball, when one of its beneficiaries was Callier.

Linda and Bill Custard

Linda and Bill Custard

Perhaps that’s why so many of the CCB crew (Michal Powell, Robyn Conlon, Patty Leyendecker, Christie Carter, Louise Griffeth, Debbie Oates and Barbara Stuart) were on hand in addition to Sara’s fan club members like husband David, Linda and Bill Custard, Joyce and Linus Wright and Patricia Meadows.

But before Sara accepted the award, Co-Chairs/sisters Betsy Cullum and Sissy Cullum had her longtime friend Ruth Altshuler introduced her.

Sissy Cullum

Sissy Cullum

Betsy Cullum

Betsy Cullum

Ruth admitted that her own grandchildren had held “an intervention” because no matter what they said their grandmother would say, “What?” She then reported that in her own household, she and husband Ken constantly exchange, “What?”’s. As Ken choked hearing Ruth tell the group of their personal experience, Ruth admitted that Ken had already gotten a hearing aid and she had ordered one.

Finishing up her introduction, Ruth told how David Martineau had given Ruth a letter than she had written to Sara decades ago telling her what an outstanding member of the community Sara was.

That was a hard act to follow, but Sara rose to the occasion with eloquence and commitment.

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.