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.

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 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.

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!