The Legacy of Innovation Gala

The Legacy of Innovation Gala celebrates the contribution of one of America’s greatest innovators and teachers, Alexander Graham Bell. Dr. Bell was not only father of the modern telecommunications industry, he also dedicated his life’s work to the deaf and hard of hearing. Proceeds from the Legacy of Innovation Gala benefit the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

This evening is made possible by the generosity of the following

B. F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust and Saul Centers

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

National Geographic Society

Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation

Shelley Slade and Mark Betts

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Most people know Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but his lifelong passion was in devising ways to make life easier and interconnected, particularly for the hearing impaired. He had close ties as a teacher of the deaf; both Dr. Bell’s mother and wife, Mabel, were hearing impaired. Dr. Bell also came from a family of experts in elocution and speech correction, and his parents expected him to continue their legacy. One of his protégés, Helen Keller, dedicated her autobiography tohim.

Since its founding by Dr. Bell 125 years ago, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has remained an anchor in promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing loss. The true wealth of the association lies in its thriving spirit and longstanding commitment to helping families, health care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, research, and financial aid programs, AG Bell works to support those with hearing loss to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

The Legacy of Innovation Gala celebrates the many milestones and accomplishments that have played an important role in AG Bell’s rich history. Gala proceeds will continue AG Bell’s important work and will be matched by a longtime proponent of the association