Rochester Hearing & Speech Center hosts 100th anniversary gala

 Rochester Hearing & Speech Center (RHSC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a Roaring ‘20s centennial gala at 6 p.m., Sept. 10, at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford. 

As Monroe County’s longest standing provider of hearing health, educational and clinical services, RHSC has helped support thousands of children and adults in the greater Rochester region in need of hearing and speech services each year.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this amazing milestone with our current and former clients, families, staff and our many donors and supporters throughout the entire community,” said Bob Russell, president and CEO. “This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of our organization as we anticipate the remarkable technological innovations that will help our clients and their families to Communicate for Life over the years to come.”

At the 100th anniversary gala, RHSC plans to recognize four individuals for their ongoing dedication and commitment to the organization and the people it serves. They are:

• Justin Vigdor, founder of Al Sigl Center, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. He will receive RHSC’s Building a Sound Community Award;

• Christian Kulak, director of strategic planning, Excellus BCBS, will receive the James J. DeCaro Leadership Award;

• Larry Medwetsky, Ph.D., professor of audiology and former director of audiology and vice president of clinical services at RHSC, will receive the Peter Hixson Communication for Life Award;

• David Pitcher, a certified public accountant and partner at Davie Kaplan Certified Public Accountants and member of RHSC board of directors, will receive the President’s Award.

Don Alhart, 13WHAM-TV news anchor, will be master of ceremonies and the event will feature a silent auction and live paddle call with auctioneer Joe Lomonaco of WHAM 1180 Radio. 

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