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Signs of Spring Gala

Riding the Wave of Excellence, Exceeding Our Goal

15th Annual Gala Raises over $135,000

Raising over $135,000 our 15th annual Signs of Spring gala was a lively evening with friends, volunteers, and donors who were united in purpose - to ensure The Learning Center for the Deaf has the resources needed to continue its tradition of innovation, best practices, and world-class services. 

Thank you to our donors and sponsors for helping us exceed our goal!

Guests at this year's Signs of Spring gala were Riding the Wave of Excellence as we honored Bob Hoffmeister and his significant impact on deaf education.  For a recap of the event, guests (and those who missed the festivities!) will enjoy reading Paul Tamburello's blog post, "A Red Apple Shakes the Money Tree".

The event, going into it’s 15th year, brings together over 300 of TLC’s supporters from the Metro West and the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities for a glimpse into the vibrant culture of The Learning Center.

All proceeds from the Signs of Spring Gala directly benefit the programs and services offered by The Learning Center for the Deaf. As a state approved private school tuition, paid for by student's cities and towns, doesn't nearly cover the true cost of the education and services that our students receive. Events like the Signs of Spring Gala help ensure we can meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New England.

Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Hoffmeister, Associate Professor of Deaf Studies at Boston University and Director of the University's Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf. Bob's work has resulted in the establishment of the Center for Research and Training at The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) - a joint effort between TLC and Boston University.

TLC's Center for Research and Training is a partner with The School of Education’s Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf (CSCD) at Boston University on the Institute for Educational Sciences USDOE's grant to develop the ASLAI - a comprehensive ASL Assessment for deaf children; a partner with The School of Education’s Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf in the development of an ASL Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resource learning tool; part of the advising team to Pearson School Improvement on providing academic instruction to the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Hawaii State Department of Education; a partner with The Clerc Center at Gallaudet University, Boston University, California School for the Deaf (Riverside), Indiana School for the Deaf and other schools for the deaf in establishing the first curriculum standards for the instruction of American Sign Language as a first language. Additionally, The Learning Center functions as a lab school for Boston University.

The 15th annual gala, an evening of celebration to raise financial support for the The Learning Center for the Deaf also featured a collaborative effort with Happy Hands, Happy Dogs and Red Apple Auctions.

Through The Learning Center for the Deaf's Career & Technology Education (CTE) program, students have worked closely with Lisa Kamer, founder of Happy Hands, Happy Dogs, to make Knots of Fun dog toys. Learning the skills necessary to make the toys and about the skills needed to manufacture the toys and run a retail business, the gala showcased their efforts and students were on hand to sell the toys.

Guests at the gala also enjoyed a few surprises as Sherry Truhlar, founder of Red Apple Auction helped us create a more dynamic and entertaining auction format.

The success of this event is dependent on the generosity of TLC's supporters, including our families, friends and local business partners.

For additional information on our gala and how you can join us in Riding the Wave of Excellence by supporting The Learning Center for the Deaf, contact Erin Cunha at 508-879-5110 x351 or email erin_cunha@tlcdeaf.org

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