JLCIF Virtual Holiday Brunch Fundraiser
Saturday from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Details to view the event are private and will be sent along with your ticket purchase.
Hear the Sounds of the Season
Inspire and Be Inspired. Jump into the spirit of the season while giving the gift of hearing.
Start your holiday season with the joy of giving while being dazzled by our keynote speaker, and entertained with holiday music.
Hear an Inspiring Keynote
Even if you have no hearing issue, you will be inspired by Ms. Cutler’s story: one of determination, courage, and keeping hope alive. Fifteen years elapsed between the time her book, which she co-authored with her father, was published and the movie being filmed in the summer of 2021.
She‘ll make you fully appreciate the meaning of “never give up”.
What to Expect at our Holiday Fundraiser:
Festive holiday dress encouraged, but not required.
Inspire Others and Register Today!
Help give the gift of sound by purchasing a ticket for this event today. All proceeds go to the JLCIF to help cochlear implant recipients optimize their hearing experience with needed equipment and confidence coaching. Learn more about the JLCIF and its inspiring mission at www.JLCIF.org.
About our Keynote Speaker, Jodi Michelle Cutler
American by birth and Italian by adoption, an English Teacher, International Speaker, Writer, and Jordan and Sofia’s Mom, Jodi Michelle Cutler lives in Grosseto, Tuscany. Jordan has profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss diagnosed at the age of 12 months and is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient.
Having perceived a real need for resources and information on behalf of Italian families living very personal journeys in hearing loss, in 2008, Jodi founded the Facebook group: “Affrontiamo la Sordità Insieme: Cochlear Implant Forum.” With more than 14,000 members, the Forum helps families looking for useful resources and parent-to-parent support to facilitate their cochlear implant journey.
Co-founder of the GPODHH (Global Coalition of Parents of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing), member of the WHO's World Hearing Forum, Jodi also participated in the creation of the Audiological Network of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians (FIMP), which established a collaboration between medical professionals, politicians, and parent associations, with the aim of promoting Newborn Hearing Screening in all birth hospitals in Italy.
She is currently a Producer of "Rally Caps," the movie, based on the novel of the same name she co-authored with her father Stephen J. Cutler. "RALLY CAPS" was published both in the United States and in Italy, and was the first book with a strong representation of an adolescent main character with a cochlear implant who uses listening and spoken language.
* About Rally Caps
Rally Caps, a baseball-themed family feature from writer-director Lee Cipolla (The Shift).
Oscar-nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems), Amy Smart (Star Girl), and Carson Minniear (Palmer) have all signed up. The film is based on the novel written by the father-daughter team Stephen J. Cutler and Jodi Michelle Cutler. Also starring are Curtis Pride, his children Noelle Pride, Colten Pride, and Tim Kurkjian.
It follows a youth baseball player who has his dreams of pitching for a Little League travel team derailed by a devastating injury on the field. After a long recovery process, he goes off to away camp with his older brother where he befriends a deaf catcher and his sister. Based on their own experiences living with a disability, they help him overcome his anxiety and fear of returning to the mound.
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