Giving Connections For a former publishing executive, personal philanthropy is a top priority. ASHA News
ASHA News  |   August 01, 2014
Giving Connections
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ASHA News   |   August 01, 2014
Giving Connections
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 82. doi:10.1044/leader.AN10.19082014.82
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 82. doi:10.1044/leader.AN10.19082014.82

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Jack Dilworth (right) and Bob Antonucci joined Ladies Professional Golf Association pro Suzy Whaley in support of the 2008 ASHFoundation Golf Benefit.
Could his generosity be because of his hearing loss? Or because his oldest daughter, Alison, is a speech-language pathologist working with children with multiple disabilities? Or was it some of the great textbook authors in communication sciences and disorders, like Elizabeth Wiig and Wayne Secord, with whom he worked when he was president of The Psychological Corporation (a division of Harcourt, now a part of Pearson)?
Perhaps all of these connections, as well as others, are what inspire Jack Dilworth to support the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. He and his late wife, Dorothy, became annual ASHFoundation donors in 1991. Since Dorothy’s death in 2011, Dilworth makes his annual contributions in her memory. They were married for 51 years, and are parents to five children and six grandchildren. “My ASHFoundation gifts are a wonderful way to keep Dorothy’s memory vibrant and to make a difference in peoples’ lives,” Dilworth says. “Dorothy would be very proud of that.”
Dilworth notes that “I wear two hearing aids, have amplified phones and use TV ears to assist me. When my daughter tells me about her students who are challenged by communication disorders, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to live my life to the fullest, enjoy my family and friends, play golf, cheer for the San Antonio Spurs and support the charities of my choice.”
Dilworth sees his annual support for the ASHFoundation as a way of giving back and paying it forward, all at the same time.
As a TPC executive, he recalls that the SLPs and educators who developed the TPC assessments were extremely supportive people who were passionate about helping individuals with communication disorders. These authors led Dilworth to learn more about ASHA and, in turn, the ASHFoundation. He became interested in the ASHFoundation’s technology projects, and worked with ASHFoundation staff, executives at IBM and others to support technology research that could potentially help people with communication disorders.
Dilworth accepted a position on the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees, and later served as president. During this time, he focused on raising funds from corporations.
“I knew there were opportunities for great synergy between the companies involved in this field and the work of the ASHFoundation,” he says. “And I knew that if more companies supported the ASHFoundation, we could really move the field forward.”
To demonstrate his conviction, Dilworth encouraged his own company to make a contribution to the ASHFoundation. “I’ll never forget the day I walked into the office of the chairman of the Harcourt General Charitable Foundation and suggested that they make a donation to the ASHFoundation,” he says. “You can imagine my delight when they made a very generous gift!”
Now retired, Dilworth turns his lifelong love of golf into one more opportunity to support the ASHFoundation. A regular at the ASHFoundation’s biennial Charity Golf Benefit, he encourages ASHA members to get involved.
“Please support your ASHFoundation,” Dilworth says. “Join me for the January 2015 Golf Benefit in Orlando!”
Save These Dates for ASHFoundation Events at the ASHA Convention

Thursday, Nov. 20

Take the challenge at Booth #1264 in the Exhibit Hall.

Thursday evening, Nov. 20

Indulge your imagination at the ASHFoundation fundraiser.

Friday morning, Nov. 21

Feel the pride as the ASHFoundation disburses more than $500,000 to top scholars.

Look for details about these events in the September issue of The ASHA Leader.

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