Great Communicators Golf Classic raises more than $100,000 for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center welcomed sunshine and 120 golfers at The Lakes Golf and Country Club for the 11th Annual Great Communicators Golf Classic. The fundraiser, which directly benefits the Center’s efforts to provide speech therapy, audiology, and career services for central Ohioans in need, raised well over its goal of $100,000 for the cause.

“The Great Communicators Golf Classic provides critical funds that enable us to serve people from all financial backgrounds,” said Leslie Martin, director of development & major gifts. “We’re grateful to have had strong community support in the 95 years we have served the greater Columbus area, and moments like this remind us of the importance of our work.”

More than 43% of the speech services provided by the Center directly benefit families at or below the poverty level in central Ohio. Additionally, the Center works closely with the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Senior Options program and the state’s Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) agency to provide services for central Ohioans in need.

Distinctive at this year’s event was the extensive offering of silent auction items, including a VIP Heart of Africa Safari Tour at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as well as an exclusive raffle opportunity to golf at Muirfield Village Golf Club and Scioto Country Club. Attendees were also treated to a reception, hosted by former 10TV anchorwoman Angela Pace and Cameron James, of Mills James Productions. Top level sponsorship support of the Golf Classic was provided by OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley, who each served as Gold Event Sponsors to support the Center’s mission.

“It was certainly a beautiful day for a beautiful cause,” Martin relished. “We couldn’t be more thankful for our many supporters for believing in our mission and the people we serve.”


The families of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center thank our Gold Event Sponsors: OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley; Silver Team Sponsors: Acoustic Ceiling and Partition, Archall, Benesch, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Elford, Inc., Equity, Equity Construction Solutions (ECS), GBQ Partners, Huntington Private Bank, Nationwide,, Plante Moran, Safelite AutoGlass, and White Castle System, Inc.; and Bronze Associate Sponsors: AEP Energy, BakerHostetler, Bruner Corporation, and Washington Prime Group.