Concert aims to benefit speech disorder charities

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The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association will hold its second annual benefit concert on Saturday in the Titan Student Union as part of Comm Week to fundraise for a few charities and bring awareness to campus about communicative disorders.

The association, which according to the Fullerton chapter’s information guides has over 294 chapters and 11,000 members nationally, is holding “Songs for Speech” to raise money for three charities – NSSLHA Love, The CSUF Center for Children Who Stutter and the Speech and Hearing Clinic. According to the information sheets, NSSLHA is an organization that supports “the study of the normal and disordered human communication behavior.”

“We want people to be aware of the charities and raise the most amount of money possible for them,” said Nichole Fivocoat, CSUF chapter co-President of NSSLHA. “Every penny that comes from [the concert] is going straight to the charities.”

The benefit concert will feature a disc jockey, as well as perfomer Dennis Mitrovich, who plays the acoustic guitar and sings with an “amazing ability,” Fivecoat said.

The concert will have a kids’ corner, where there will be a clown, face painting and other activities for the younger attendees.

Fivecoat said there will also be a surprise perfomance by a well-known communications faculty member.

Sherri Wolff, the CCWS’s center director, said the beneift will tremendously help CCWS financially.

“We really, really, really need [this benefit concert] because we’re a non-profit clinic,” she said. “The money is going to be used for a great cause.”

Wolff said the concert will promote student awareness about the clinic and increase their department exposure.

“It pulls students, faculty and the community together,” she said. “[People will be there] from the community and college.”

The CCWS clinic, located on the first floor of College Park, is used to give therapy for children who stutter and as a teaching/observing area for communicative disorder majors. Most of the children who go the clininc are on some kind of scholarship, Wolff said.

The center, which was founded in 1995, is espcially important to families who may not be able to afford fees of private therapists.

Wolff said this year’s concert will be a chance for kids and their families to come together.

This year’s benefit concert focuses on research and rare diseases.

Lucia Cazares, treasurer of the NSSLHA’s Fullerton Chapter, said this is the biggest and last event of the semester for the association.

“It’s a great cause because [we are able] to provide therapy to people,” she said. “We expect to raise around $2,000.”

Speakers will come from the different centers and charities to talk about their causes. Information tables will also be at the event to inform the people attending about the centers and various charities involved.

Concert admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 years old and under.

“It’s for everyone,” Fivecoat said. “Just [come] and have a good time.”

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