Misericordia University’s speech/hearing chapter to hold annual benefit concert

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter officers who organized the fourth annual Benefit Concert are from left, Alexis D’Amico, Riverside, N.J., vice president; Samantha Olcott, Monroe Twp., N.J., treasurer; Megan Kieltyka, Scotch Plains, N.J., secretary; and Jenna Reed, Fleetwood, president. - Submitted photos

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University’s National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association Chapter will hold its fourth annual Benefit Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

The concert features Beyond Harmony, the university’s female a capella group, performing various hit songs by popular artists. Misericordia’s Dance Ensemble will also perform a variety of creative dance routines.

Tickets sales will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3-6, in the Banks Student Life Center lobby at Misericordia University as well as at the door on the day of the event.

The cost of ticket sales before April 6 is $3 for students, faculty, children and seniors and $5 for adults. At the door, all tickets will be $5.

There will be a variety of raffle baskets and bake sale items, as well as T-shirts for sale. NSSLHA members also will be accepting donations at the door.

Proceeds from the event will help local individuals with special needs who receive speech, occupational or physical therapy at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Those who wish to donate, but are unable to attend, can mail a check to: Misericordia University Speech-Language Hearing Center, Attn: NSSLHA Benefit Concert, John J. Passan Hall, 100 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612.

One individual who will benefit from the efforts of the concert is Jacob Olmsted, of Dallas, a 6-year-old with spina bifida and limited leg function.

Two years ago, Olmstead received a hand-and-foot powered adapted tricycle. He has outgrown that tricycle, and has developed sufficient strength so he no longer needs the assistance of his hands. The monies raised will go to purchasing him a new Amtryke-adapted foot tricycle, so he may enjoy biking with his family.

Any proceeds raised beyond the cost of the tricycle will be used to purchase multi-sensory toys and devices that will benefit patients with special needs at St. Joseph’s Center in their speech, occupational, and physical therapy treatments.

For information, contact NSSLHA Chapter President Jenna Reed at reedj1@misericordia.edu.

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter officers who organized the fourth annual Benefit Concert are from left, Alexis D’Amico, Riverside, N.J., vice president; Samantha Olcott, Monroe Twp., N.J., treasurer; Megan Kieltyka, Scotch Plains, N.J., secretary; and Jenna Reed, Fleetwood, president.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_FOR-PUBLICATION-NSSHLA-Benefit-Concert.jpgThe National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter officers who organized the fourth annual Benefit Concert are from left, Alexis D’Amico, Riverside, N.J., vice president; Samantha Olcott, Monroe Twp., N.J., treasurer; Megan Kieltyka, Scotch Plains, N.J., secretary; and Jenna Reed, Fleetwood, president. Submitted photos