# HearInNewYork – Benefit Cocktail Reception
The Children’s Hearing Institute is pleased to announce our Benefit Cocktail Reception on Thursday, May 10th in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations. This exclusive event will commemorate CHI’s 35th Year and launch our exciting new campaign: #HearInNewYork.
#HearInNewYork’s primary focus is groundbreaking! For the first time, all of the exemplary programs at New York’s medical and educational institutions will collaborate to develop programs to best serve the needs of children with hearing loss and their families. The campaign platform will support initiatives that address continuing educational outreach; create stronger alliances with local programs; help children with hearing loss connect; and support public advocacy and hearing loss awareness.
Thursday, May 10th – 6:30pm -10:00pm
Delegates Dining Room, United Nations Plaza
Tickets starting at $500 – Mwillis@childrenshearing.org * (212) 257-6138
(*Due to security regulations at the UN, tickets will not be sold online.)
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Medical and Educational Advisory Board
In 2017, The Children’s Hearing Institute was invited to join the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) a worldwide network of only 260 organizations working to advance the rights of children with disabilities at a global, regional, and country levels. In order to be an effective influential member of the GPcwd, the Institute established a new Medical & Educational Advisory Board consisting of esteemed professionals who represent programs of excellence in the hearing loss community.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard Boxer, Esq.
Leonard Boxer is an active member of The Children’s Hearing Institute’s Board of Directors and serves as Chairman from 1995-2016. Under his leadership, the Institute raised over 15 million dollars for critical research into the advancement of hearing technology and the therapeutic and educational services that support these devices.
Having experienced hearing issues within his own family, Mr. Boxer understands the importance of early detection and intervention. With his support and dedication, CHI has been able to provide the necessary resources and program services to deaf and hard of hearing children who need it most. Mr. Boxer was instrumental in CHI’s partnership with Marvel Entertainment in producing the “Sound Effects” comic book featuring for the first time ever – superheroes with hearing loss. The comic has been distributed throughout the world.
Mr. Boxer is also Co-Chair of Stroock, Stroock, & Lavan’s Real Estate Practice and a member of the Firm’s Senior Executive Committee. His practice covers a full range of commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Boxer’s novel use of financing has earned him a reputation for completing complex real estate transactions.
Hearing “Hear-O” Award: Anthony Smith
No doubt about it….Anthony Smith is the reason why Blue Ear was created and is solely responsible for putting smiles on the faces of children with hearing loss all around the world. Blue Ear is a fictional superhero created by Marvel in honor of Anthony, a hard-of-hearing 9-year old comic book fan from Salem, New Hampshire.
In 2012, am impressionable Anthony refused to wear his hearing aids stating, “superheroes don’t wear blue ears”. Anthony’s mother, Christina D’Allesandro, was alarmed by this and contacted Marvel Comics in NYC to assist with the situation. Designer Nelson Ribeiro, then created the original image and set the D’Allesandro family a drawing of “Blue Ear” as superhero because Anthony said, “Thanks to my listening device I can hear someone in trouble!”
Smith took his Blue Ear pictures to his preschool, which inspired teachers to have a “superhero week”. Anthony’s grandfather, New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro, stated, “This is a feel good moment, it’s a feel good story, and we’ve got to get the world to recognize that.” In 2014 Blue Ear made his comic book debut in Sound Effects along with Iron Man and new character, Sapheara, a cochlear implant user. The comic was distributed as an educational tool for children in NYC public schools regarding hearing loss and bullying issues. Amazingly, CHI still gets requests for a copy of the comic book from around the world.