ASHFoundation Golf Benefit Raises $40,000 for Research and Scholarship Programs The Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Benefit Classic, held Jan. 21–22 at Disney’s Eagle Pines Golf Course in Orlando, FL, raised approximately $40,000 to support the Foundation’s research grant and scholarship programs. More than 40 corporate, organizational, and individual sponsors, along with 80 player participants and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   March 01, 2006
ASHFoundation Golf Benefit Raises $40,000 for Research and Scholarship Programs
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  • Beverly Ryan, ASHFoundation annual fundraising manager, can be reached at bryan@asha.org.
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2006
ASHFoundation Golf Benefit Raises $40,000 for Research and Scholarship Programs
The ASHA Leader, March 2006, Vol. 11, 28-29. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.11042006.28
The ASHA Leader, March 2006, Vol. 11, 28-29. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.11042006.28

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The Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Benefit Classic, held Jan. 21–22 at Disney’s Eagle Pines Golf Course in Orlando, FL, raised approximately $40,000 to support the Foundation’s research grant and scholarship programs. More than 40 corporate, organizational, and individual sponsors, along with 80 player participants and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) touring professionals joined forces for a weekend of friendly competition and camaraderie on one of Florida’s most popular golf courses. The participants enjoyed sunshine and 80-degree temperatures. The golfers used a scramble format, with each foursome playing with an LPGA professional, a feature that separates this tournament from the usual charity golf event.
The first-place gross score winners were Dennis Burrows, Stephanie Davidson, Jim Potter, and Greg Strang, who played with LPGA pro Sue Ginter-Brooker. First-place net score winners were David Goldberg, Lyle Lloyd, and Howard and Evan Goldstein, playing with LPGA pro Angela Buzminski. The closest to the pin winners were Ronnie Laughlin (women) and Chuck Cochran (men). Longest putt winner was Jim Calpin; and most accurate drive winners were Tom Tedeschi (men) and Mindy Feldman (women).
Other LPGA pros who appeared in this year’s tournament were Beth Bader, Jean Bartholomew, Audra Burks, Jeanne-Marie Busuttil, Tracy Hanson, Angela Jerman, Leta Lindley, Anna Acker Macosko, Laurie Rinker-Graham, Kim Williams, and Carrie Wood. Many players took advantage of a practice clinic offered by Macosko prior to the start of the tournament.
The weekend began with a party and dinner, which included a silent auction. Macosko, the evening’s featured speaker, spoke of the challenges she faces while juggling her roles as mother of a small child with communication disorders and as a touring LPGA professional (see sidebar on page 28). The closing awards luncheon rounded out the weekend.
Students from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapters at Florida State University and the University of Central Florida joined a host of other ASHFoundation volunteers to support the activities of the weekend.
The tournament’s success is due, in no small part, to the generosity of corporate, organizational, and individual sponsors and donors who share the ASHFoundation’s commitment to advance knowledge and improve practice in serving children and adults with speech, language, and hearing disorders.
Proceeds from the event will:
  • empower investigators to explore innovative approaches

  • accelerate the pace of high-priority research

  • ensure excellence in training future generations of professionals and in encouraging talented teacher-investigators

  • build partnerships to increase technology solutions

  • invest in the future to enable individuals with communication disorders to reach their full potential

The ASHFoundation extends a huge thank you to all who contributed to the tournament’s success.
LPGA Pro Shares Her Communication Story

Anna Acker Macosko knows firsthand the importance of communication. At the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Golf Benefit, the LPGA pro shared personal experiences and challenges that she and her husband faced when they realized their child’s speech and language skills were delayed.

“Three years ago, my husband Ron and I noticed that our son was having speech difficulties. Our son Ben was born premature,” she said. “We noticed that he was significantly behind in his speech skills and consequently he was a very frustrated little boy.

“In January 2003, I was fortunate to be participating in the ASHFoundation golf tournament and took the opportunity to express our concerns to several ASHA members. We were given great advice and were able to get help early. Ben has made great strides these past two years and I credit that to the help we received from ASHA members. Every ASHA person whom we’ve worked with-whether in Florida, Texas, or Virginia-has been extremely concerned, helpful, and encouraging.

“Not many professions can boast about the overall ‘quality of membership.’ Thank you again for making a difference in another little boy’s life!”

(Ben will be 5 in March and is receiving services at Nimitz Elementary School in Kerrville, TX, where he will enter kindergarten next fall.)

ASHFoundation Golf Sponsors

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation salutes its 10th Annual Golf Benefit Sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Gold Sponsors
  • Genesis Rehabilitation Services
  • GN Resound
  • Harcourt
  • Hearing HealthCare News
  • Phonak
  • SunTrust/Trusco Capital Management
Silver Sponsors
  • AGS Publishing
  • Learning Enhancement Corporation
  • Kilpatrick Stockton
  • LinguiSystems, Inc.
  • Marsh Affinity Group Services
  • Oticon
  • Sonic Innovations
Hole Sponsors
  • Sheryl and Everett Amaral
  • Attainment
  • AUDIENT
  • Audiology and Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
  • Lester Aungst
  • Beyond Speech Therapy Learning, LLC
  • Nancy Creaghead
  • FLASHA Foundation
  • Barbara Gaunt Jaehne
  • Alex Johnson & Arlene Pietranton
  • Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • LinguiSystems, Inc.
  • Med-Acoustics, Inc.- A Trilogy Audiometrics Company
  • New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Nova Southeastern University, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
  • Doreen Oyadomari & Earl Wells
  • Phonic Ear
  • Plural Publishing
  • Progressus Therapy
  • Prudential Retirement
  • Siemens
  • Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
  • Speechpathology.com
  • Super Duper Publications
  • Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech/Language Pathologists Foundation
  • Thinking Publications
  • University of Central Florida - Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and NSSLHA Chapter
  • Walker Group/AtSite Real Estate
  • Widex
Golf Benefit Donors
  • Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Charitable Foundation
  • James Levy
  • Needleman Family Foundation
  • Jayne and Marvin Suskin
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