|Dr. Ken Altshuler and Ruth Altshuler; Sara Martineau, recipient of the 2014 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award|
The 3rd annual Callier Cares luncheon, benefiting the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, was chaired by sisters Betsy Cullum and Sissy Cullum. The event honored Sara Martineau with the 2014 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. Sara’s connection to the Callier Center began when she chaired The Crystal Charity Ball in 1993, the year that Callier received funding for the Cochlear Implant Program. In 1994, Sara joined the Foundation for the Callier Center board.
Dr. Thomas Campbell, the Ludwig A. Michael, M.D. Callier Center Executive Director and the Sara T. Martineau Professor in Communication Disorders, welcomed underwriters, sponsors and the sold-out crowd. Dr. Blair Monie, Pastor, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, led the invocation followed by a delicious luncheon of Niçoise salad accompanied with a dessert of strawberry mousse and chocolate mousse.
Betsy introduced the informative video, which was personalized with patient stories and testimonies, and also “revealed groundbreaking research projects that will transform patients’ lives in the future.”
Keynote speaker, Terry Price, Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and grateful patient, shared his heartfelt, moving story. Tinnitus had been haunting him for years, getting louder and worse in recent years to the point of interfering with his career and life. After consulting with various doctors, receiving brain scans and MRIs, and even trying alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, with no results, Terry was referred to Callier. He visited the center and underwent intense personalized evaluation and treatment. His life has been changed forever for the better, giving him hope for the future. His tearful story brought a standing ovation.
Dr. Campbell introduced Ruth Altshuler, a namesake of the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award with her husband, Dr. Ken Altshuler. Ruth shared personal stories of Sara’s accomplishments with Callier and thanked the Cullum sisters for their leadership and dedication to Callier. She read a passage from a letter that she wrote to Sara 20 years ago, remarking that Sara was a leader at that time and has continued supporting her community in so many ways.
Dr. Ken Altshuler took the podium and presented the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award to Sara. Sara recognized her family, friends and supporters. She especially thanked her husband, David, who for the past 52 years has supported her as she has dedicated so much time to volunteering in the community. Quoting Gandhi, she said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.” Again, a rousing, standing ovation.
The Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award is presented annually to an individual or group of individuals who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and to advancing the care of patients with communication disorders. Mrs. Martineau, past president of the Foundation for the Callier Center and longtime Callier advocate, was recognized for her passionate commitment to making life better for people of all ages with communication disorders. Proceeds from the event will benefit patients in need through the Callier Care Fund.
Ruth and Ken Altshuler created the fund to help children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.
|Libby Hunt, former luncheon chair; Tucean Franks|
|Lois Wolf, Lauren Trahan, Andrea Wolf, Gabriela Jones|
|Rue Henry, Bennett Cullum, Linda McFarland|
|John and Barbara Stuart, former luncheon chair|
|Betsy Cullum and Sissy Cullum, luncheon chairs|