Hear the Roar 2013
By Committee Chair, Liz McCourt
The third annual MI AG Bell summer event, Hear the Roar, was held at the Detroit Zoo on June 23rd. It was a hot day but that didn’t stop the 115 attendees (or zoo animals!) from having a good time! The event kicked off with two fantastic icebreakers. Families gathered in a large circle and introduced themselves to one another. After introducing themselves and sharing a little about how hearing loss has touched their lives, they autographed a beach ball and tossed it to another family. This went on until all families were introduced. The second activity was geared toward children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss. Each adult was given a bag of beads. Each child was given an empty necklace. To facilitate communication across generations, the children were encouraged to initiate conversation with an adult with hearing loss. After chatting for a while, the adults gave beads to the children to string on their necklaces. The children all went home with a reminder that they are never alone and have a strong community behind them.
After the icebreaker, lunch was served. We had many generous sponsors and exhibitors who helped make our event possible. Thank you to our donors and exhibitors for covering the expenses of this great event – these include Med-EL, Advanced Bionics and Cochlear Americas, as well as Jimmy Johns, Better Made, Absopure and Trader Joe’s. During lunch we encouraged attendees to browse the silent auction. MI AG Bell board members, Sound Support, and businesses such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Mr. C’s Car Wash, and Meadowbrook Insurance generously donated items for the silent auction; and guests were encouraged to browse frequently so their bids would be the winner! Kathy Lindstrom from Macomb ISD donated all the Beanie Babies that were given to each child. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support! Without you this event would not be possible.
After lunch, we had many activities set up for kids. Activities included making and decorating visors and other animal themed arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and a wild relay race! Kids were leaping like frogs and walking like crabs faster than you can imagine!
Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better Hear the Roar! Our board members worked hard to host this event; their hard work definitely paid off. We can’t wait to see you all next year at our fourth annual Summer Fest event! Stay tuned for details!