Thursday, July 28, 2005

NAD TO HOST 125th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL GALA!

NAD TO HOST 125th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL GALA!
Charter 1880 Club Recognition

A News Release from the National Association of the Deaf
Release Date: July 28, 2005
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Anita B. Farb
Director, Outreach and Communications
National Association of the Deaf
Email: nadinfo@nad.org
Voice: 301-587-1788
TTY: 301-587-1789
FAX: 301-587-1791

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NAD TO HOST 125th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL GALA!
Charter 1880 Club Recognition

Silver Spring, MD - The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to announce that it will host a 125th Anniversary National Gala starting at 6 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

The NAD 125th Anniversary National Gala will be an evening of fine dining, entertainment and dancing in downtown Baltimore, Maryland's beautiful Inner Harbor.

"I encourage every NAD supporter from across the country to join in celebration of this special event by attending the National Gala in Baltimore, Maryland or making a donation in honor of NAD 125th anniversary," said Andrew Lange, NAD President. "After all, he continued, it will take a lot of people to blow out 125 birthday candles!"

The theme of the 125th Anniversary celebration that began in January 2005 and continues through the end of the 48th Biennial NAD Conference in July 2006 is "Cherish, Celebrate, and Commit – Cherish the past, Celebrate the present, and Commit to the future."

125th NAD NATIONAL GALA INFORMATION

Register now to attend this once in a lifetime event! Check the 125th National Gala web site at: http://www.nad.org/125thGala for registration and hotel information. The NAD negotiated a special guest room rate at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, where the Gala will be held, for guests wishing to stay overnight.

Gala ticket prices are $125.00 per person. A portion of the individual $125.00 Gala ticket is tax deductible as a donation ($50.00 value) according to IRS regulations.

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

Gala sponsorship and advertising opportunities are being offered.

We are producing a beautiful, keepsake program book for this special event. Full and half page ad space are being offered. Affordable Booster ads are also being offered for individuals and organizations who want to recognize the NAD 125th Anniversary.

To place an ad in the National Gala Program Book, visit:
http://www.nad.org/125thad
Ad placement deadline: August 15, 2005.

The NAD also invites organizations and businesses to sponsor the National Gala. It’s not often that businesses and organizations are invited to a birthday party celebrating 125 years of existence! To view a list of sponsorship levels and benefits that maximize corporate brand awareness and contact with Gala attendees, please visit:

For sponsor information,please go to:
http://www.nad.org/125thsponsor

THE 1880 CLUB – WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU BE PART OF IT

Since 1880, the NAD has advocated for the civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD is inviting contributions in celebration of 125 years of civil rights advocacy. "This is a time to celebrate successes to date, and to commit to building a stronger NAD that is more powerful and influential!" said Nancy J. Bloch, NAD Chief Executive Officer.

Special 1880 Club recognition will be made for individuals who contribute $1,250 between January 2005 and August 2006 in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the NAD. Donors attaining 1880 Club status will be recognized in the NADmag, the NAD Annual Report donor listings and in the program books for the National 125th Anniversary Gala and the 2006 NAD Conference in New Orleans.

All donations, small or large, are greatly appreciated and support the advocacy mission of the NAD. Donations received between January 2005 and August 2006 will be recognized in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the NAD. To make a donation, go to: http://www.nad.org/donate

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About the NAD

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has safeguarded the civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans since 1880. As a national federation of state association, organizational and corporate affiliates, the advocacy work of the NAD encompasses a broad spectrum of areas including, but not limited to, accessibility, education, employment, healthcare, mental health, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

The NAD website (http://www.nad.org) has a wealth of advocacy information and resources.