Sertoma assists hearing aid fund


OThe Jackson County Sertoma Club recently donated a $1,000 gift to the Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children.

The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County to buy hearing aids for children throughout the community.

May is Speech and Hearing Month, and just as eyesight is the international focus of Lions clubs, speech and hearing is the siren call of Sertoma International. The local Sertoma Club has long supported those efforts of helping people with speech and hearing needs across the county.

The Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children was created in February 2006 by Seymour High School students Ashley Smoljo Beavers, Amy Boger Smith and Josh Self. Its goal was to help provide hearing aids to area children and has since provided the devices for 25 students.

In addition to supporting the fund that Jay Cherry oversees as an adviser, the local Sertoma Club supports a fund it created at the foundation, the Jackson County Sertoma Club Hearing Aid Endowment. It pays a grant each March into the Jackson County Hearing Aid Fund for School Age Children.

Cherry is a retired teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing who served area school districts over the years. A committee of residents and educators from Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora and Seymour help make the fund work.

Anyone can make a donation to either of the hearing aid funds or any of the other more than 200 funds administered by the foundation.

To make a donation, call Dan Davis, president and chief executive officer of  the foundation, at 812-523-4483 or stop by the office at 107 Community Drive, Seymour. Donations also may be mailed to the foundation at P.O. Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274 or online at and clicking on the “Donate Now” button.

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