In celebration of its 50thanniversary, Northwood Woman’s Club (NWC) has established the Northwood Woman’s Club Patient Care Endowment Fund with a gift of $250,000 to the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. The endowment will provide access to clinical services for patients of all ages with speech, language and hearing disorders who otherwise would be unable to afford their care.
A women’s civic organization that helps meet the philanthropic needs of the community, Northwood Woman’s Club has supported numerous North Texas charities and typically funds multiple organizations each year. To commemorate its 50th year, NWC selected the Callier Center as its sole beneficiary and raised $250,000, which was matched by other gift funds at the Callier Center to create a $500,000 endowment.
“We wanted to partner with an organization that had high visibility and respect in the community,” said Vaughn Gross, NWC 2018-19 president. “Our members realized that this was an extraordinary opportunity to support Callier and to be associated with a multifaceted, well-known organization that makes a difference in people’s lives.”
NWC raised the funds by hosting a Divinely Decadent Birthday Bash Luncheon that was co-chaired by NWC members Rosemarie Ewton, Pam Meyercord and Beth Sutera. The event included fun activities, a live auction, a concert and a raffle.
In 2018, NWC awarded the Callier Center a grant for $40,500, which provided audiology and speech-language services through the cochlear implant program for children in need who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“Communication is critical,” Gross said. “If you cannot communicate, it is difficult to learn and participate in life. Giving people the tools to communicate opens doors and changes lives.
“It is a blessing to have this research, training and treatment institute in our backyard. The Callier Center is an asset for North Texas, a real gift for us all.”
“Giving people the tools to communicate opens doors and changes lives.”– -Vaughn Gross, Northwood Woman’s Club 2018-19 president
Stories to Inspire
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- Meet Cole
The people at the Callier Center make me feel like I don't need to go through difficult times anymore.
- Meet Ashish
When I was in second grade, when I first got hearing aids, I could finally hear the teacher...Thank you Callier. You are my HEAR O.
- Meet Amy
Before, I felt abnormal. I didn't feel like who I was. Coming here, it was more like God sent me here. This is what I needed.
- Meet Graycie
Because of Callier, I can hear, and they just keep my super ears [hearing aids] going, so I don’t miss a thing.
- Meet Kourtnei
Kourtnei received a bone-conducting hearing aid and benefited from hearing services.
- Meet Jack
I used to go to Callier two times a week, and we used to do speech class. Two years ago, they said I’m done, because I have perfect speech.
- Meet Jackson
Diagnosed with permanent hearing loss, Jackson has cochlear implants that he calls his “magic ears.”
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