DeRamus Hearing Gives Veteran the Gift of Hearing
Posted by Sylvia Norris on January 29, 2014
On Veterans Day, we were honored to host a gathering to celebrate our Alabama veterans. This event was the exciting finale of our Veterans Day 2013 Hearing Aid Giveaway. People wrote in from all around the state, nominating their favorite veterans to win a pair of top-of-the-line hearing aids, free hearing aid batteries for life, and free follow-up visits for life - as well as free dinner for two from Eastside Grille. After careful review, our judges selected Michael Hall as the winner! Michael was nominated online by his sister, Cathy. Her touching entry captured the judges’ hearts. In it she spoke highly of Michael’s selflessness, saying, “He’s more than my brother. He’s my hero!” Michael served our nation in the U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves. After leaving the military, he continued to keep us safe by serving as a policeman.
Michael was surprised on Veterans Day morning by the arrival of a luxurious stretch limousine, provided by Touch of Class Limousines. His sister, mother, and family rode with him to DeRamus Hearing Centers. Our DeRamus team came in from the other offices to gather in Montgomery and greet Michael with the news that he had won. Glenda DeRamus, owner of DeRamus Hearing Centers, personally fitted Michael with his new state-of-the-art Starkey 3 Series i110 digital hearing aids, which retail for over $7000.
After his fitting, Michael got to try out his new hearing at a Veterans Day party in his honor. A delicious lunch was provided by WAKA Montgomery, Pride of Montgomery magazine, and Eastside Grille. In addition to Michael’s family and the DeRamus Hearing family, representatives of Easter Seals of Alabama, RiversEdge Church of Montgomery, Boy Scouts of America, Pride of Montgomery magazine, WAKA Montgomery, and members of Alabama’s veteran community were in attendance. At the celebration, Michael was also presented with a certificate honoring his life-long service. After the meal, Cathy shared with the crowd about why she nominated her brother and how his new hearing aids will help him continue to live life to the fullest.
When I asked her what had prompted her to host this event, Mrs. DeRamus said, “We wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who have given of themselves to preserve our freedom and our lives.” I think her words resonate with us all: Thank you, Michael. Thank you, veterans.