Hospitals gather used hearing aids
Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital are collecting used hearing aids so they can be reconditioned and given to people around the world with hearing loss.
The program, “So the World May Hear,” takes place during May, the Better Speech and Hearing Month. The program recycles donated hearing aids and fits more than 100,000 of them to children and adults throughout the U.S. and in more than 100 countries.
Palomar Health’s Chief of Audiology, David M. Illich, AuD is spearheading the hearing aid drive. He has been on many missions around the world to help people hear, many for the first time ever.
“Hearing is your main intellectual and cognitive sense,” says Dr. Illich, “And there’s nothing more important in life than communicating with your family and friends.”
Dr. Illich says there are more than 36 million people in the world with debilitating hearing loss and fewer than three-percent of them have any kind of medical care or hearing care. He adds, “Our goal is to help one- million people worldwide by the year 2020 and we are already at 650,000.”
Donate at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido or Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway.
Republican women award scholarship
Taylor Menconi, a senior at Escondido Charter High School, received the 2016 Charlotte Mousel Scholarship from the Escondido Republican Women, Federated. The scholarship’s theme is “What the U.S. Constitution Mean to Me.”
The scholarship is a three tiered process with monetary awards at three levels, city, county and southern division. Taylor also received Second Place from the San Diego County Federation of Republican Women.
Local graduates from Concordia
Concordia University, Nebraska held its 109th commencement on Saturday, May 7. The university awarded undergraduate or graduate degrees to 353 graduates in May 2016.
Robert Mata of Escondido was awarded his Bachelor of Arts.
Local man plays at Copley Hall concert
More than 250 San Diego State University musicians performed a concert at the historic Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown San Diego. The concert – fittingly dubbed DOWNTOWN – took place on Friday, April 15, and ticket sales supported music scholarships.
Killian Voutour, a Escondido native studying Music Education participated in the concert as a member of the Wind Symphony.
The audience was welcomed by the SDSU Marching Band. Throughout the evening, the musicians and choirs performed works by Richard Wagner, Vaughan Williams, Leonard Bernstei and Brent Dutton. The performance culminated with a rendition of glorious “Ode to Joy,” the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The students performed a sold-out concert and raised $40,000 in scholarship funds.
Escondido man to graduate from Weber
The San Diego State University Weber Honors College provides an academic environment in which students experience a dynamic, interactive, and engaged education.
Otto Lange, a Escondido native majoring in Finance, will graduate from SDSU and the Weber Honors College during the 2016 Commencement ceremonies, taking place during the weekend of May 13-15.
The objective of the Weber Honors College is to provide the richest possible intellectual experience by helping students become conversant in multiple disciplines, think flexibly, solve problems and pursue the creative expression of ideas.
Annual Friends of Koi Auction May 21
The annual Friends of Koi Auction will be held Saturday, May 21 at “Freshwater Flora & Fauna” at 2137 Via Corte, Escondido. Over 200 Koi fish (6” to 2 ft.+ jumbos) will be sold to the highest bidders, at bargain prices (plus used Koi pond equipment).
9 a.m. Viewing of Koi and used equipment
10 a.m. Auction Starts
12:30 p.m. Approximate 30 minute lunch break
3 p.m. Approximate end of Auction. Remove Koi only when Auction ends.
Bidder Registration is $5, which includes a lunch and drink ticket. Koi will be put in new plastic bag with oxygen. Free admission and free parking.
Bring boxes/coolers to transport fish safely. Payment by cash or check only, sales tax added to each purchase.
Auction is conducted by Koi Club of San Diego, an IRC 501(c)(3) non- profit corporation, website: https:// www.koiclubofsandiego.org/home. html. All proceeds from the Koi Auction will be used for charitable-educational non-profit purposes.