St. Petersburg, FL (October 2022) – Sounding Joy, a new Tampa Bay area charity whose mission is to ignite joy by providing hearing aids to local children whose families can’t afford them, announces its first fundraiser.
The Sounding Joy Inaugural Golf Tournament will take place on November 12 at 8:30 am at Tampa’s Westchase Golf Club. The tournament will feature a shotgun start and a hole-in-one grand prize valued at $25,000. Other activities include notable guest speakers such as Hillsborough County School Board Chairwoman Nadia Combs, raffle sales and lunch.
Tournament sponsors include the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pinnacle Home Care, Nitesh and Erin Sapra, Traci Tucker, Rivero, Gordimer & Company, Tampa Smiles Dr. John L. Redd II, DMD, First Citrus Bank, Marketing Direction, Thompson Marketing Partners and 50 Plus Health.
Various sponsorship opportunities still exist from hole sponsorships all the way up to the main title sponsorship of the event. Slots also remain to play in the tournament and to donate raffle items. To learn more, please visit soundingjoy.org/events/sounding-joy-inaugural-golf-tournament.
The need: Three in 1000 children are born with hearing impairment in one or both ears. Due to the isolation hearing-loss causes, hearing-impaired children without a hearing aid are twice as likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Untreated hearing loss is linked to other health conditions such as dementia, depression, high blood pressure and increased risk of trips and falls. Untreated hearing loss even reduces earning potential by $12,000 to $30,000 per year.
Hearing aids are not covered by most major insurance policies.
Founder’s Story: At the age of 11, Christy Vogel was told two things: that she was hearing impaired (probably since birth) and that she had taught herself how to read lips without realizing it. “I didn’t get hearing aids because we couldn’t afford them. And, because I had to otherwise figure out what people were saying, many assumed I was slow or stupid,” says Vogel, founder, chairman and treasurer of the charity. “When I finally could afford hearing aids – when I was in my 20s – it changed my world.” She feels that she was supposed to be born hearing impaired and unable to afford hearing aids so that she could eventually help others; thus, Sounding Joy was born.
About Sounding Joy
Sounding Joy, LLC, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Christy Vogel to help people with mild to moderate permanent hearing loss who don’t qualify for financial assistance or cannot afford hearing aid technology. It partners with audiologists, corporate sponsors and donors to provide professionally fitted and programmed hearing aids to those who can’t otherwise get them so they can reach their full potential. All donations are fully tax-deductible. For more information, visit SoundingJoy.org, email info@SoundingJoy.org or call 813-526-1870.