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March 29, 2005

Press Release from The Learning Center for Deaf Children

From: The Learning Center for Deaf Children - Mar 29, 2005

For Immediate Release
Contact Information: Carla Del Pizzo
508.879.5110 or e mail

I. King Jordan, President of Gallaudet University to be recognized at The Learning Center 6th ANNUAL GALA BENEFIT DINNER

March 29, 2005; Framingham, MA -- The Learning Center for Deaf Children is hosting their 6th Annual Gala Benefit Dinner on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston.

We will be honoring I. King Jordan, President of Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. "Dr. Jordan has earned the attention and admiration of the nation as the first Deaf President of an institution of higher education," said Mike Bello, The Learning Center's executive director. He strongly believes that Dr. Jordan's accomplishments continue to serve as an example to Deaf and hard of hearing students. Dr. Jordan's success embodies the possibilities that education affords us all. We are also honoring Robin Wood and Ron Galiazzo from the Cambridge School of Weston's Theatre Department for their foresight in providing hearing students instruction in ASL and Deaf Culture through theatre.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a general reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be Patrick Costello, supervisor of the middle school. The main event will begin at Entertainment will be provided by students at the Learning Center for Deaf Children, Ruth Ballentine, a 3rd grader, will perform her ASL story that was submitted to the Marie Jean Philip Competition at Northeastern University in Boston, and the middle school students will give a 15-minute performance about the historic Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University.

Admission is $125 per person. All funds generated from the Gala will go to support the programs and services of The Learning Center for Deaf Children. For additional information on the Gala Dinner or the school, please contact Carla Del Pizzo, Public Relations for The Learning Center at 508.879.5110 or e mail

The mission of the Learning Center for Deaf Children is to provide a challenging program of academic excellence for Deaf students from infancy through high school. The school believes that Deaf students have the right to maximize their personal, educational, social, communicative and vocational potential through participating in demanding educational experiences, which develop their ability to think creatively and critically. These experiences, coupled with early access to American Sign Language and English, enable TLC students to develop positive self-identities and the skills to be successful participants in both the hearing and Deaf communities and to become lifelong learners.