Hearts for Hearing held its first Stories of Hope Luncheon in Tulsa on September 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Tulsa. The luncheon was co-chaired by Stephania Grober and Phil Lakin, Jr. This event raised over $85,000 for Hearts for Hearing.
“I was so honored to help support Hearts for Hearing’s expansion to Tulsa so that children all over Oklahoma will have greater access to life changing services,” said Stephania Grober, co-chair.
The Stories of Hope Luncheon is a time to celebrate babies and children who are deaf or hard of hearing who are learning to listen and talk like their normal hearing peers. In April 2019, Hearts for Hearing began providing comprehensive hearing health services in the Tulsa area at its new location in Legacy Plaza.
“The luncheon was a great opportunity to educate the Tulsa community on what services Hearts for Hearing provides in addition to letting them know how excited we are to be in Tulsa,” said Joanna Smith, CEO of Hearts for Hearing. “Now that we are in Tulsa, our collaborative approach of audiology and listening and spoken language therapy is more accessible statewide.”
The sponsors for this event included: Phyllis & George Dotson, GN ReSound, BAMA, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Hale Family Foundation, Cochlear Americas, Cathy & Mike Cross, Stephania & Brian Grober, Shiela & Ted Haynes, Phil & Adriane Lakin, Lou & Jim Morris, OSU Medicine, Joanna & Michael Smith, Sally Baker, Bank of Oklahoma, Hardesty Family Foundation, Frank and Tricia McDonald, Regina & Berry Mullennix, Paycom, Jill & Robert Thomas, Insight Creative Group and PSAV- Hyatt Regency Tulsa.
Hearts for Hearing was started in 2003 to provide funding for the initial set of hearing aids for children with hearing loss in Oklahoma. In 2007, its mission expanded to become a comprehensive hearing health clinic for both children and adults. Hearts for Hearing began its collaborative model of audiologists and speech-language pathologists working together to provide the best outcomes. In 2013, it opened an adult clinic to meet the needs of adults with hearing loss in Oklahoma.