Summer Splash 2012 Recap
The second annual MI A.G. Bell Summer Splash was held on July 15, 2012 at Kensington Metro Park. It was a beautiful day for a picnic! Aside from some unforeseen construction on 96, the event was perfect. Over 80 board members, families, professionals, and friends of MI A.G. Bell were in attendance. The event kicked off with a fun ice breaker activity; the first person held a ball of yarn, gave a brief introduction, and explained how hearing loss had touched their life. They then held onto a piece of the yarn and threw the ball of yarn to another person who did the same. This continued until everyone had been introduced. The result was a great visual representation of how we are all part of a network and are connected by hearing loss.
After the ice breaker, lunch was served. Picnic attendees were encouraged to walk around and visit with some of the vendors. Comfort Audio, Med-El, and Advanced Bionics had tables set up with great displays. Hayleigh Scott sent a nice assortment of her Cherished Charms. Our vendors were very generous; in addition to showing off their great products, many provided us with donations. We are so thankful for their support! Comfort Audio has donated a Contego FM system to MI AG Bell and we are selling raffle tickets to locate the lucky winner of this incredible device! Please see the following article for more details
After lunch, the relay games, silent auction, and bake sale began. The kids had a great time playing relay games such as water balloon toss, melt-the-ice, sponge relay, ladder ball, and corn hole. Families enjoyed treats from our bake sale, buying new MI A.G. Bell T-shirts, and bidding on the amazing baskets at the silent auction. Some of the auction items included Detroit Tiger’s tickets, suite tickets to a concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills, outdoor/beach toys and a coupon for a family photo shoot by Van De Steene Photography, handmade Amelia Bedelia dolls and books, an adorable sock monkey basket from Sound Support, and early literacy materials and evaluation through Listening and Language Connections, LLC. Thank you again to everyone who donated a basket for our silent auction; this was a very successful fundraiser for our chapter. We are sure that the families who won a basket were very happy! Thank you to our guests who bid generously during the silent auction. We greatly appreciate your support.
After games, treats, and bidding, families were encouraged to visit the water park, located steps away from our picnic shelter. Kids and adults could swim and play with new friends they met. One of our board members, Dan Seraphinoff and Advanced Bionics held a demonstration of their new product, Neptune, the swimmable processor! Dan enjoyed being able to hear while splashing at the water park with his family and new (and old) friends.
Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better Summer Splash. 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 third annual Summer Splash! Stay tuned for details!