NCC Employees Participate in HLAA Walk4Hearing

Despite the unusual snow storm that fell over Washington, D.C. in late October, the weather was ideal for Team NCC and the other 43 Walk4Hearing teams who gathered at the beautiful Tidal Basin Park for a 5K walk to raise awareness and help eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss.  Fundraising efforts by NCC employees resulted in over $2,500 donated toward national and local programs that include advocacy efforts, education, and outreach to veterans.  On November 6th, 20 NCC employees and their friends, loved ones, and even furry family members came together at the Tidal Basin, making it the highest turnout for our company in the three years we have participated in the Walk4Hearing.

Prior to beginning the walk, members of Team NCC prepped and hydrated themselves while enjoying live entertainment from jugglers, magicians, and clowns.  Ronnie Adler, the Hearing Loss Association of America‘s (HLAA) National Walk4Hearing Program Manager, presented awards to the top individual fundraisers and announced HLAA had exceeded its fundraising goals for the year.  She also read a motivational and appreciative message from the National Honorary Chairman, Washington Redskins Safety Reed Doughty (#37), who has been supported by HLAA as he copes with a genetic and progressive hearing loss.

As Ronnie fired up the soon-to-be-walkers, participants who were deaf or had a hearing loss could use their smart phones to view streaming CART text of her speech.  When the ceremonial ribbon was snipped in two to launch the Walk, Team NCC joined over 300 walkers on foot to show their support.  Members of our team posed for pictures and captured video to commemorate the brisk stroll around the Tidal Basin.

NCC’s participation in the Walk4Hearing, including financial support from NCC employees who were unable to walk, reflects our company’s dedication to supporting the deaf community and individuals with a hearing loss beyond our specialization in voice-to-text services.  We congratulate HLAA on a record fundraising total that exceeded their original goal of $1.2 million, and look forward to supporting HLAA again at the 2012 DC Walk4Hearing.

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