Media Advisory: Songs for Sound Event Friday Evening at the Bluestone

December 8, 2011

“Songs for Sound” Event Friday Evening at the Bluestone
Event benefits the ENT program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Friday, December 9, 2011
7-11 p.m. – media opportunity

583 East Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

“Songs for Sound,” emceed by 92.3 WCOL’s “Woody and the Wake-Up Call” morning crew, will be held Friday evening at the Bluestone in Columbus. Proceeds from the event benefit the ENT program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Singer/songwriters will be performing during the event, including Neil Thrasher (written hits for Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gentry), Wendell Mobley (written hits for Alabama, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Montgomery-Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers and Edwin McCain) and Jason Sellers (written hits for Montgomery-Gentry, Phil Stacey, Reba McEntire and Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson).

Songs for Sound is an organization inaugurated by Kevin and Jaime Vernon (of Nashville, TN), parents of toddler and cochlear implant recipient, Lexi Vernon. In 2009, Lexi, at the tender age of 19 months, went from a silent world to hearing her mommy whisper, “I love you, baby girl.” It was on that miraculous day, when Lexi heard her family for the very first time, in which the Songs for Sound mission began – to improve the quality of life for profoundly deaf children worldwide by providing resources to give them the chance at a mainstream life. Songs for Sound provides the deaf community with resources for cochlear implants and rehabilitation, including speech/audiology services.

Many people are moderately deaf and benefit from hearing aids. There is a large group of severe to profoundly deaf people who receive no benefit from hearing aids, but who can benefit from cochlear implants. Simply put, Songs for Sound was established to restore hearing to the deaf through the miracle of cochlear implants – to give the gift of sound through song, so they, too, can hear and heal through music.

Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495

Jaime Vernon
Songs for Sound
(615) 739-1194

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at