You’re invited to walk with the CHC Hikers September 24th as we support the 10th Annual New York City Walk4Hearing! It’s a terrific event presented by our friends at the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and benefiting the HLAA national and local chapter as well as select partner organizations, including CHC. Our Mobile Unit will be on hand to provide free hearing screenings from 9 am to 12 pm. See HLAA’s press release below for complete details.
For Immediate Release
NYC Walk4Hearing Set for Sunday, September 24
Over 1,200 Adults and Children Are Expected to Walk in Riverside Park
NEW YORK, NY (Sept. 7) – The 10th annual New York City Walk4Hearing of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Over 1,200 participants of all ages will come together to help raise awareness about hearing loss and eradicate the stigma associated with it.
The 2017 Walk theme, “Step Up for Hearing Loss,” reflects some important call to action messages about advocacy for affordable hearing healthcare, hearing protection and hearing accessibility. The fundraising goal for the NYC Walk is $150,000. The money raised supports programs and services for people with hearing loss and their families, and is shared between the
national organization, its NYC Chapter and some 26 participating not-for-profit alliance groups.
Among those scheduled to take part in the starting line program at 10:30 am are Victor Calise, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Helen Rosenthal, NYC Council Member from the 6th District. A proclamation from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will be presented in recognition of the event and of hearing loss, which affects some 48 million Americans, including an estimated one in five ages 12 and older.
Veteran Broadway actress and concert and cabaret artist Catherine Fries Vaughn will sing the National Anthem.
Those wishing to sign up to participate in or contribute can do so at the NYC
Walk4Hearing website. Walkers may also register on site between 9 and 10:30 am near the 97th Street and Riverside Drive entrance to Riverside Park. Family-friendly pre-Walk attractions will include face painting, a caricature artist and soft pretzels, plus ice cream at the finish line.
The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) will provide free hearing screenings on a first-come first-served basis from 9:00 am to noon. CHC’s iconic mobile unit will be parked at Riverside Drive and West 97tth Street. The screenings, which take five minutes, are an important part of every adult’s annual health and wellness program.
Lawrence R. Lustig, MD, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, is Honorary Business Chair of this year’s Walk. Columbia is a Platinum Sponsor of the NYC Walk for the third consecutive year.
Additional NYC Walk sponsors are: NYU School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical
College, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Beltone, ENT and Allergy Associates, Theatre Development Fund, HLAA-NYC, Joseph Gordon, New York Relay, Sound Associates, Inc. and Audio Help Hearing Centers.
Walk4Hearing events are held under HLAA’s auspices in cities throughout the country and have raised more than $12 million since their inception in 2006. This year’s national Walk sponsors are: CapTel Captioned Telephones, MED-EL, Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, Hamilton CapTel, hi Health Innovations and Regal Entertainment Group.
HLAA, founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. The NYC Chapter is an all-volunteer membership organization. Over 90 percent of its programs — college scholarships, providing captioning and hearing accessibility in meetings, and information and education activities – are financed by the Walk.
The national organization publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone 301.657.2248; www.hearingloss.org.