The Sound Start Babies Benefit


The Sound Start Babies Foundation Raises $225,000 for Babies with Hearing Loss

May 2, 2019 – The Sound Start Babies Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children held their annual Benefit to a packed house at The Mansion in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Sponsorships, donations, wine pull, and silent and live auctions raised close to $225,000 to help babies with hearing loss.

Keynote speaker, Rebecca Alexander, inspired attendees with her personal story of living with Usher Syndrome, Type III; which is causing her to go both deaf and blind. She is a nationally renowned speaker, is a gifted psychotherapist, and an extreme athlete who has climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. “There are so many of us out here living the best that we can in a world that is not fully equipped for people with hearing loss and vision loss,” she explained. Just like the Babies who are helped by the Sound Start Foundation, Rebecca lives life with no limitations.

The mission of the Sound Start Babies Foundation is to support families of babies with hearing loss during the most critical years of brain development—birth to age 3—regardless of their financial status with identification, evaluation, therapeutic intervention and education. Fundraising is essential to Sound Start Babies as state funding over covers only about 1/3 of their $600,000 annual costs.

This year’s Benefit was filled with attendees who are committed to the success of the Foundation and the future of every child in the program. This was evident during the fundraising appeal where over $50,000 was raised in a matter of 10 minutes. “Our annual benefit is imperative to the success of the Sound Start Babies Program,” said Foundation President, Jessica Griffin. “In one evening, over 325 friends, supporters and families come together to support our program and help provide the funding needed to help our babies live limitless lives. Research shows that intensive early intervention therapy, like that provided by Sound Start Babies, is crucial to these babies’ long-term success. And they deserve every chance they can get.”

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