The Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) is hosting a special 50th Anniversary Celebration May 14 in New York to recognize a half century of achievements in hearing health and research, and to inaugurate the organization’s commitment to future endeavors.

DRF is one of the largest and oldest hearing research organizations in the United States, and is dedicated to making a lifetime of hearing health possible for all people through quality research and education.  The core mission of DRF is their National Hearing Research Grants Center that awards research grants to scientists who are exploring new avenues in hearing and balance science. Since its founding in 1958, DRF has awarded 2,100 grants, totaling more than $24 million.

The DRF 50th Anniversary Gala honorary host committee includes: Kassie and Jim DePaiva, actors from One Life to Live; Lee Woodruff, author and contributor to Good Morning America, and more than 115 Members of Congress.  Kassie DePaiva will also be performing a number of songs at the event.

DRF is proud to be honoring:

  • Collette Ramsey Baker, Founder of the Deafness Research Foundation
  • Lucille B. Beck, PhD, National Director, Audiology & Speech Pathology and Chief Consultant, Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sen. Tom Harkin, Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Event Details:

  • Who:  Deafness Research Foundation
  • What:  50th Anniversary Celebration
  • When:  Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Hudson Theatre, Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44th Street, New York
  • Contact:  Andrea Kardonsky, [email protected]; (212) 328-9480

Source: DRF