Earlier this month, the MU school of Health Professions Department of Communication Science and Disorders hosted the 6th annual Let’s Talk fundraiser. The event was held at the Columbia Art League and all proceeds benefit the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool & MU Speech & Hearing clinic.
The event raised more than $28,000 in total, including a $10,000 contribution from the Columbia Valley Scottish Rite. The funds will aid the preschool and clinic in their mission to ensure access to quality care for Missouri families. “Let’s Talk is our largest fundraiser of the year and it directly benefits children in need of speech-language therapy in Mid-Missouri,” says Dr. Judith Goodman, CSD Department Chair.
The gifts made at the event have a major impact on the clinic’s ability to provide services to the maximum number of families. “The generosity of the donors allows us to reach so many families who might otherwise be unable to access our services. The funds donated to our programs are such an integral part of what we have to offer clients with communication needs and their families,” said Leanna Lawrence, Associate Clinical Professor and Clinic Director in Communication Science and Disorders at SHP.
MU Speech and Hearing Clinic provide a full range of diagnostic and clinical speech-language services to children and adults with a wide variety of communication needs. The preschool serves children aged 2 to 5 years with or without speech and language difficulties.
In addition to funding full and partial scholarships for the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool and the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic, the financial support of our donors also enables the clinics to purchase needed assessment tools and therapy materials to continue to provide high-quality services.
The success of this year’s Let’s Talk continues the positive trend for the event and has SHP optimistic for the future. “We are excited to host the Let’s Talk fundraiser again. The financial support plays a significant part in us being able to provide the care and resources to those in need of therapy treatment, but unable to receive it due to financial challenges,” says Greta Hull, Director of R.G. Combs Language Preschool.