What: This is the 26th annual fundraiser organized by the parent teacher organization for the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program. The fundraiser includes a charity golf outing and a raffle. The golf outing and raffle will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at Quail Ridge Golf Club, Ada, Michigan.
 
Who: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3 in 1,000 babies are born with a hearing impairment. Although a hearing problem can also develop later in life, early detection and intervention are the keys to success. Established in 1899, the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program has been committed to helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy through listening. We are a public school center-base program servicing all of Kent County. We provide education, guidance, advocacy and support for children birth through 25 years of age and their families infusing auditory-verbal practices. There are 60 students in our center-base program and we provide teacher consultant direct services to over 150 students who are in their mainstream school through 20 local school districts.
 
Accreditation/Awards: The Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program was selected as the National Alexander Graham Bell Association's (AGB) Program of the Year in 1979 and in 1997. The program continues to be among the leaders in oral deaf education and auditory-verbal instruction.
 
Why: All funds raised go directly back into the program. Contributions, donations, and funds from previous events have made it possible for the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program to provide special audiology equipment, purchase books for our literacy library, fund the music program, furnish playground equipment, cover costs associated with parent and family support meetings, provide school field trips and much more. Due to budget cuts in education and school funding, your support is more important than ever before.
 
Support: Individuals who continue to support our charity golf event include educators, parents of children in the program, community philanthropists, school principals, doctors, audiologists, media, and leaders in the community, to name a few. We hope we can count on you for your support this year.