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McCook Sertoma donates third installment for hearing loop system for MCC Event Center

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy (center) accepts a check from Linda Maiden, McCook Sertoma Club Chairman as part of the club's commitment to the Hearing Loop System for the new Events Center. Also pictured are (from left) MCC Interim Vice President Michele Gill; Sertoma representatives: Cathy Carman, Linda Koetter, Todd Hinze, Mark Carman, and Deb Wilcox. Representing the McCook College Foundation are Janet Werkmeister, Director of Administration and Foundation President Norma Stevens.
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The McCook Sertoma Club presented a $3,100 check to the McCook College Foundation on Tuesday as its third installment towards the purchase of a Hearing Loop System for the new Events Center at McCook Community College.

Through the use of a telecoil (t-coil) built into an individual's hearing aid and a conductive wire looped around the Events Center gymnasium, a hearing aid wearer will be able to pick up crystal-clear sounds and speech broadcast through the gym's public address system or any microphone by simply pressing a button built into the hearing aid.

The Sertoma organization has been a leader in advocating and sponsoring tcoil systems through their "Sound Investment" program. McCook Sertoma Club members say they realize the positive impact such a system can bring to the MCC Events Center and its members are excited to be a part of this.

"This check represents our latest efforts," said Linda Maiden, Sertoma Club Chairman. "It came from our 'Wear Green with Your Jeans' St. Patrick's Day fundraiser, a special donation from the Community Hospital Speech Department and from the Southwest All-Star Volleyball Classic on June 16."

The Sertoma Club previously donated $10,000 to the project, which had a price tag of $22,700.

"This donation puts us more than half way towards that commitment" Maiden said. "We are hoping to be finished fundraising by next spring, but we're going to keep at it until it is paid for!"

Maiden reminds any business looking for a fun Christmas Party for their employees, Sertoma would be happy to host a Vegas Night event.

As work on MCC's Event Center nears completion the public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

At 9:30 a.m. will be the "Laying the Cornerstone" with Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. with the formal ribbon cutting ceremony set for 10 a.m. Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will be the keynote speaker.

At the conclusion of the program, college staff, faculty and students will conduct tours of facility as well as a controlled MCC volleyball scrimmage, a tour of the auxiliary gym and indoor batting cage and the weight room.

The event is open to everyone.

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