NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a leading nonprofit hearing health care center in New York that provides comprehensive services to people of all ages who are hard of hearing, deaf or deafblind, today announced its 2020 virtual gala to be held Saturday, October 17th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EDT).
With a theme of Communication Without Limits, CHC Gala 2020 will honor renowned music director, arranger, orchestrator and composer Alex Lacamoire with CHC’s Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. Tickets to the virtual gala are free and the show will be fully accessible to those with hearing loss through the use of a sign language interpreter and real time captioning. Proceeds from the event, which has raised over $16 million since its inception, will directly support CHC’s life-affirming programs and services.
“At CHC, we strive to empower all individuals affected by hearing loss to achieve their potential, and Alex Lacamoire exemplifies our mission,” said Laurie Hanin, Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Communication. “Alex has shown the world that having a hearing loss did not stand in the way of achieving his dreams, and we are so proud to honor him. He is a role model for many, and we applaud his outstanding achievements in the musical world.”
“As someone who’s worn hearing aids since childhood, this award has a deep personal meaning to me. Even though I grew up with an auditory obstacle, I didn’t let it stop me from pursuing a career as a professional musician. I am thankful for this recognition and hope that it will inspire people to seek out the massive support system and resources that CHC provides for people who deal with hearing loss.”
–Alex Lacamoire, award-winning music director, arranger, orchestrator and composer
Honored for Hamilton as one of the “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category,” Lacamoire is best known for his work on Broadway’s critically acclaimed shows Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and In The Heights.
Altogether, he has won three Tonys for Best Orchestrations, three Grammys for Best Musical Theater Album, an additional Grammy for producing The Greatest Showman soundtrack and most recently, an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction for his work in FX’s mini-series Fosse/Verdon. He was also the recipient of a first-of-its-kind Kennedy Center Honors for his contribution to Hamilton. Lacamoire resides in New York and currently serves as the Executive Music Producer for Warner Brothers’ upcoming film In The Heights. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.
CHC’s 2020 Virtual Gala will place the issue of hearing loss center stage by featuring individuals sharing their personal journeys to hearing, a look at the unique challenges to hearing and communication brought on by the pandemic, and the presentation of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.
The gala will be hosted by Joey McIntyre, actor, singer, songwriter and member of the hugely successful band New Kids On The Block, who recently starred on Broadway in Wicked and Waitress. “I had the pleasure of working with Alex at Wicked and am thrilled to be honoring him and share this connection to CHC,” said Joey McIntyre. As a parent of a child with hearing loss, McIntyre has spoken publicly about his family’s story in order to advocate on behalf of the early identification of hearing loss.
Founded in 1910, CHC is a historic pillar of support, offering high-quality, comprehensive services to empower people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges. Through a unique blend of comprehensive and clinically outstanding onsite and virtual services, and community outreach programs, CHC impacts the quality of life for 50,000 infants, children, and adults annually. CHC offers the highest caliber of services to individuals and families coping with the challenges of hearing loss, regardless of ability to pay. Learn more at www.CHChearing.org.