Western Washington University Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Gearing Up for Benefit Auction

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The benefit auction on May 1 will raise funds for the re-opened Western Washington University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, and feature an 'Under the Tuscan Sun' theme.

Our goal for this year's auction is to raise at least $15,000

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The Western Washington University (WWU) chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is set to sponsor a benefit auction designed to raise funds for the re-opened WWU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

This third incarnation of the auction -- which features the theme 'Under the Tuscan Sun' -- will run Friday, May 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live entertainment, as well as both silent and live auctions. All proceeds will go toward the clinic, and be used for scholarships and educational materials.

The new clinic -- which opened in January of this year -- provides client care, education, and research regarding communication and related disorders, including comprehensive assessment and treatment for children and adults of all ages.

"Our goal for this year's auction is to raise at least $15,000," said Tish Watson, NSSLHA WWU chapter president. "Our hope is to raise much more. We are requesting support from our local and statewide community to make this yet another successful fundraiser. Ideally, we will be able to bring local support on board with our efforts to improve our work, our school and the community at large."

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in making auction and monetary donations - or sponsoring the event or volunteering for the fundraiser in some way - should contact the NSSLHA at watsont6 (at) cc.wwu.edu. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductable.

"Financial support and the energy of our dedicated volunteers, students, and staff make a powerful combination and a tremendous contribution to the quality of lives of those served in the WWU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic," Watson said.

About the WWU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
The clinic provides client care, education, and research in communication and related disorders. Services are provided by students in training, closely supervised by certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists from the faculty and staff. Students are permitted to work with clients only after completing extensive academic and clinical preparation. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), meeting or exceeding all academic and clinical standards.

The clinic is open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., during academic quarters. The facility is located in the new Academic Instructional Center East Building, at the south end of the WWU campus. For more information about the department, please visit http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~csd/WWUClinic.html.

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