As we head into Fall, grab a coffee and snack and join us. This gathering promises to be a fun event, filled with celebration, hope, and a glimpse into the future.
One of the highlights of our meeting will be the celebration of our first Young Adult Ambassador (YAA) scholarship winner, Erin McClain. Erin’s dedication and passion have made her a shining example of the values and vision that our chapter upholds. We cannot wait for you to meet her and hear about her aspirations during this event.
We’ll also share what the chapter has been doing and, more importantly, our future plans. It’s a chance for all of us to come together, exchange ideas, and learn about the exciting initiatives we have in store for our hearing loss community.
A special celebration and milestone for our Los Angeles chapter just happened! Erin McClain became our chapter’s first Young Adult Ambassador (YAA) after accepting our $2500 college scholarship. Erin hails originally from Sacramento and is attending California State University Long Beach.
The chapter hosted a nice Sunday brunch to celebrate and learn about Erin’s hearing loss journey. Diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss at age two, Erin clearly understands the challenges people face with hearing loss daily. She spoke of many ways she is able to successfully advocate for accommodations needed in class and school. She has also been an inspiration to her college peers and teachers to help them better appreciate the hearing loss community.
Erin will continue to connect with the chapter by updating us on how she is doing in school, attending a few events, and connecting on social media. Stay tuned for more information on how you can meet and learn more about Erin’s story!
Steering Committee member Jackie Gayer holding check with the La Verne ULV team
In the fall of 2022, HLAA-LA chapter was approached by students at the University of La Verne business class about being the recipient of their business project, which consisted of selling a cleaning drive for smartphones. The proceeds of which would be donated to a charity of their choice. They chose HLAA-LA in order to increase awareness for hearing loss as several students on the team had family members or friends with some form of hearing loss. After ten weeks of the semester, the team sold all of their product and was able to raise almost $6000! They took first place in their class by raising the most funds for their selected charity. We are very grateful to this team of students who chose the Los Angeles Chapter to be the recipient of their hard work and generosity. Thank you to Hannah and the ULV team!
The Orange County Basketball League, headed by Mr. Ziko Pepic, is an organization that believes in sports and charity. Each season adult teams play basketball and compete for the title of champions. At the end of the season the winners receive trophies, bragging rights and they get to choose a charitable organization to receive a $500 donation. This year, Team Rocognize chose HLAA-LA to be the recipient of this generous gesture. Our chapter is honored and grateful to accept this donation. Many thanks to Ziko and Team Recognize!
It was a beautiful day to celebrate and experience Walk4Hearing in Long Beach. We had a great turnout and smiles as everyone got a chance to enjoy the festivities, catch up with people they haven’t seen in a while, make new friends, and get informed with technologies and services supporting the hearing loss community.
Marisa with her young niece Olivia.
A big highlight of the event was the Oticon hearing aids giveaway graciously set up by Zina Jawadi. Marissa Acosta ended up winning the hearing aids. She entered because her young niece, Olivia, who was just diagnosed with hearing loss, needed a pair of hearing aids! Marissa and family couldn’t believe it and felt truly blessed and plan to make the Walk an annual tradition! Sometimes the Walk isn’t just about walking, but the lifetime memories and stories that come from the event.
The Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce we will be offering a $2,500 scholarship to a deserving hard of hearing/deaf graduating high school student attending an institution of higher education in the fall of 2023. Or a freshman or sophomore enrolled in college in the greater Los Angeles area who will be returning to school in the fall of 2023.
This is a great opportunity to help a student with the cost of obtaining a higher education!
The annual fundraising Long Beach Walk4Hearing is coming up on Sunday, June 11. Helpful information is below on how to join our “LA Stars” team, if you haven’t already, and start raising funds! All funds raised will support and provide resources for our chapter and HLAA to outreach to the people in need.
For questions about the Walk, please reach out to Walk4Hearing Senior Manager, Ronnie Adler, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had an engaging and wonderful conversation with audiologist, Jeff Grama, M.A. With 48 years of experience, Jeff provided important information about the latest developments with hearing aids, his personal observations about the over-the-counter hearing aids, and Q&A addressing many questions you may have yourself.
On a gorgeous spring Sunday with near-perfect weather, HLAA–Los Angeles held its largest in-person gathering in three years on March 26. The “Spring Fling” garden party, hosted by HLAA-CA Webmaster and past-chapter president Heather Lehr at her beautiful San Marino home, was attended by nearly 30 people with and without hearing loss—and not a mask in sight.
Guests included LA chapter members and their families, as well as attendees from southern California chapters like Long Beach/Lakewood, Orange County and Mission Viejo, as well as several brand-new attendees at their very first HLAA event. There were many others who couldn’t make it that were missed.