On June 26th, we celebrated a significant milestone at Columbus Speech & Hearing (CSH). We celebrated our 100th anniversary and hosted a special luncheon to mark the occasion. Presented by Grange Insurance and emceed by NBC4’s Jerod Smalley, the event was a true celebration of our legacy. CSH welcomed over 200 friends, colleagues, donors, and partners at the Renaissance Downtown to honor our impact over the past century.
The event reflected on the humble beginnings of a committed group of individuals who aimed to assist and provide resources to hard-of-hearing and deaf individuals and how that purpose has expanded to serve a larger number of people today. Special thanks to Keynote Speaker Kelly O’Reilly for sharing her family’s experience with CSH and how our advocacy efforts have positively impacted the community. She emphasized the hope that CSH provides to families facing a communication barrier. Additionally, Debbie Freece, a client, shared her story of three generations receiving services from CSH, and the community of parents she built to walk with her on the journey. It was truly heartwarming to hear how much our work has influenced the lives of so many people over the years.
Our goal of raising $10,000 was surpassed, thanks to the generous donations from those in attendance. In addition, CEO James Dye announced the relaunching of The 1923 Society. The 1923 Society will recognize donors who designate CSH in their estate plans. Planned giving will allow donors to ensure that their philanthropy perpetually supports future generations.
Columbus Speech & Hearing could only be where we are today, looking toward a bright and strong future with the support of our staff, board, donors and the community. Here’s to another 100 years!
Grange Insurance Announced as Presenting Sponsor of 100th Anniversary Luncheon
We are excited to announce that Grange Insurance is the Presenting Sponsor for Columbus Speech & Hearing’s 100th Anniversary Luncheon on June 26th. Grange has been a long-standing supporter of CSH, with several of their employees serving as board members and committee chairs.
For 100 years, Columbus Speech & Hearing has been the leading non-profit offering assistance and support for individuals with speech and hearing difficulties. Our luncheon celebrates a century of service by reflecting on CSH’s impact and our plans to grow in the future.
Carrie Maun-Smith, AVP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Community Relations at Grange Insurance states, “Speech and hearing challenges are among the most common conditions affecting people of all ages. Grange Insurance applauds Columbus Speech & Hearing for raising awareness on how treatable many of these conditions may be and providing personalized service and caring attention to help individuals achieve their full potential.”
“The support of corporations like Grange is essential for CSH to continue to provide high-quality care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.” Said James O. Dye, President & CEO of Columbus Speech & Hearing. “We are thankful for their generous support and trust in our mission, and we look forward to continuing our long-lasting partnership.”
All proceeds from the luncheon will directly benefit the children and adults we serve at Columbus Speech & Hearing. We hope you will be able to attend and celebrate this memorable achievement with us! Get your tickets here.
Jerod Smalley Emcee of 100th Anniversary Luncheon
Jerod Smalley serves as co-anchor of First at 4 and NBC4 at 5 and has been Sports Director at NBC4 since 2006. He first joined the sports team at NBC4 in 2004. He first joined the sports team at NBC4 in 2004.
Jerod has been named Ohio’s Best Anchor (news, weather or sports) six times by the Associated Press. He and the NBC4 sports team have won numerous awards for their coverage of local sports. Jerod previously worked at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia, and KSNT-TV in Topeka, Kansas.
Jerod’s a proud dad of sons Brady and Tyler, who are both diagnosed with autism. Jerod launched a campaign at the station to promote autism acceptance and to raise money for research and educational programs.
He anchors NBC4’s “The Autism Puzzle,” which features compelling local stories about people living with autism. He and the station have earned four regional Emmy Awards for “The Autism Puzzle.” Jerod serves on the committee for Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Columbus and is a board member of OCALI and the OHSAA.
For 100 years, Columbus Speech & Hearing has helped individuals address communications challenges through all stages of their life through providing personalized patient care. In honor of this monumental milestone, we are hosting a 100th Anniversary Luncheon, which will feature keynote speaker Kelly O’Reilly, president and CEO of Ohio Association of Health Plans, and emcee Jerod Smalley, anchor for NBC4.
Tickets are $150 and can be purchased on our event site.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor to this incredible event, please contact Laura Owens, Special Events Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the luncheon will directly benefit the children and adults we
serve at Columbus Speech & Hearing. We hope you will be able to attend and
celebrate this memorable achievement with us!