In celebration of its 50th anniversary, 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