Hearing & Speech Foundation forms alliance with Chattanooga Walk4Hearing

The Hearing and Speech Foundation in Blount County is forming an alliance with Chattanooga Walk4Hearing, and event in its second year of fundraising and raising awareness about hearing loss issues.

The first Walk4Hearing in Chattanooga last year helped to spread the word about hearing loss issues and what can be done about it. This year’s event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 15 at Chattanooga State Community College and adjoining Riverwalk in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga’s Walk4Hearing videographer, Beth Humpert, is a client of the Hearing and Speech Foundation in Maryville. She brought the Walk and its unique alliance opportunity to the attention of Amanda Womac, Hearing and Speech Foundation executive director. Womac has joined the effort on behalf of Hearing and Speech and has set a team goal of $3,000.

Walk4Hearing events are fundraising 5K (3.1 miles) walks held across the United States. Since its formation in 2006, Walk4Hearing has raised more than $2 million dollars for programs and services for people with hearing loss, and has grown into the largest awareness and fundraising event for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Collaborating with local HLAA chapters, Walk4Hearing educates the general public about hearing loss while easing the associated stigma.

As an alliance member, the Hearing and Speech Foundation will receive 35 percent of what their Walk team collects. With a goal of $3,000, the center could earn $1,050. The alliance portion of the Walk was created to allow non-profit organizations, who mainly serve people with hearing loss, a chance to earn funds for their agency. National HLAA receives 50 percent of all income, while the Chattanooga chapter keeps 15 percent for related expenses.

Everyone is welcome at the Walk4Hearing. There is no participation fee. Chattanooga’s Walk4Hearing committee has a fun-filled day planned that includes a DJ, music and entertainment, balloons, face painting and plenty of free food donated by local sponsors. To join Womac’s team and support the efforts on behalf of the Hearing and Speech Foundation, go to www.walk4hearing.org to sign up as a walker or to make a donation. For more information about the Hearing and Speech Foundation team, contact Amanda Womac at 865-977-0981 or visit www.HSFWeb.org.

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