It was the swankiest party in town!  The Great Hall in Germantown was transformed into a 1920’s style speakeasy Saturday, April 16th for 5th Annual SpeakEasy Gala for MOSD, presented by Subsidium, Inc.

Guests were dolled up and dapper and enjoyed great food, cocktails, and late-evening treats from some of the area’s finest restaurants, including Belle, A Southern Bistro, Bonefish Grill, Ciao Bella Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Bacardi Family Foundation, Blind Bear Speakeasy, Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, and Lambert’s Coffee.

Lots of guys and dolls entered the casino room through the dramatic red drapes to try their luck with their favorite games – or learn a new one – with the wonderful H.E.R.O. volunteers from Horseshoe Casino Tunica.  The wine pull, sponsored by Friends of Subsidium, quickly sold out.  The jazz sounds by The University of Memphis Jazz Ensemble along with the swinging moves on the dance floor by the Lindy Hoppers put everyone in the “roaring 20’s” spirit.  Lauren Raymer, meteorologist with WATN Channel 24, served as emcee.  

The silent and exciting live auctions featured a variety of items, including one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for the home, vacation getaways, jewelry, artwork, wine tastings, special items from MOSD students, plus lots of dining, entertainment and sports outings.  The live auction, conducted by Terri Walker of Walker Benefit Auctions, was sponsored by Pickler Wealth Advisors.

Halfway during the live auction, guests were given the opportunity to become a Hearing Hero for MOSD.  MOSD Executive Director Teresa Schwartz introduced special speakers to tell about the amazing progress of our students in learning to listen and talk, from the youngest babies in the Sound Beginnings program, to MOSD graduates ready for kindergarten, to those former students who have continued their education.  Lauren Raymer not only served as emcee, she and her husband Callen are also the parents of 19 month old Landon, who is profoundly deaf and in the MOSD Sound Beginnings Family Training Program.  Lauren shared sweet photos of Landon from his birth with twin brother August, who has normal hearing.  Since starting at MOSD, Landon now has about 40 spoken words and will be starting in the Day School this August.  

Aurice Dalal also started at MOSD in the Sound Beginnings program, is now in kindergarten and ready to enter first grade this fall.  Aurice told everyone all the places she will be visiting this summer and that kindergarten was really easy!  Her parents, Dr. Stephanie Connelly and Dr. Ajay Dalal, thanked everyone for the generous support of MOSD that has given their daughter a life filled with opportunities.Abbey Ragan, another MOSD graduate who spoke at last year’s SpeakEasy, was excited to tell everyone that she will be graduating high school with honors in a few weeks and beginning her first year of college this fall at the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University!

After hearing of the amazing success stories of these MOSD students, many bid cards were raised to become an MOSD Hearing Hero.  

THANK YOU to all our sponsors, restaurants, auction donors, guests and volunteers for making this year’s SpeakEasy Gala a big success for the children of MOSD!




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