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South Carolina Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit USC Speech and Hearing Research Center

The Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) at the University of South Carolina will hold its first annual FUNdraiser, Something to Talk About, on May 16 from 7-11 p.m. at the South Carolina State Museum. The event will feature food, music, a silent auction and fun. Tickets ($50/person) will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres from Southern Way, wine/beer/non-alcoholic drinks, music and access to the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center.

For 45 years, the Center has provided quality diagnostic and treatment programs for individuals of all ages from the greater metropolitan area of Columbia, S.C. Through excellence in teaching, service and research, the Center aims to meet the needs of this diverse community with regard to the nature, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders and disabilities.

The team works to give clients the highest quality and most effective evaluation and treatment in order to improve their social, educational and vocational participation. The Center serves individuals of all ages with problems such as articulation, fluency, voice, language and literacy, hearing, etc., assisting 6,000 patient visits per year and logging approximately 225 patient outreach hours per year. The Center also houses one of only two Cochlear Implant/Auditory-Verbal Programs in the state.

Proceeds from the auction will enhance the department’s academic and clinical programs as well as help the department work toward its goal of continuing to expand its programs of breakthrough treatment and research. To learn more or buy tickets to the Something to Talk About fundraiser, please visit the event website. For questions, contact Danielle Varnedoe, Director for the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center, at daniell@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-2629.