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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation, in partnership with the law firm of Herschel Gelber, LLC announced today they will be donating $10,000 to support the Language to Literacy Program at the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center (BHSC).

The check presentation will take place at HSBC Arena on Saturday, April 4 prior to the Sabres-Devils game. Buffalo Sabres forward Adam Mair will be on hand for the presentation, along with Herschel Gelber. Accepting on behalf of the BHSC will be Lynn Scheuer, Director of Literacy/Special Projects.

“We are proud to focus our community efforts on the problem of illiteracy in Western New York. Thousands of children miss the opportunity for a bright and promising future,” explains Herschel Gelber. “The Buffalo Sabres Foundation and I are proud to support the Language to Literacy program of Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center with a grant of $10,000 so children in WNY can have the opportunity they deserve for a better life.”

For more than fifty years, Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, a not-for-profit organization, has been helping men, women and children overcome communication disorders. Since its inception, the organization has served more than 95,000 children and adults with communication impairments.  

The Language to Literacy Program began in the summer of 2004. Speech-language pathologists created an intensive curriculum to help students with language based reading deficits in response to the communities growing need for effective literacy intervention. The curriculum is based in the most current science from leading sources such as the National Reading Panel and the unique expertise of the speech-language pathologist. Since its inception in 2004, the program has experienced significant growth. In the summer of 2004, thirty-six children ages 6-12 were enrolled in Phase I. By the summer of 2005, the program expanded offering a Phase II and programming for students ages 6 – 16. Fifty-four students were served that summer. In 2006, the Language to Literacy Program served 72 children.

Herschel Gelber is a seasoned trial attorney dedicated to excellence in the practice of law and victims’ rights. Gelber was selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for earning verdicts of $1 million or more for his clients.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation that is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the Western New York region. In the process, the foundation strives to assist worthwhile organizations that make this region a better place to live and work. The primary focus of the foundation is to assist youth hockey initiatives, children's health and wellness initiatives, specifically those that serve the underprivileged and handicapped, and to provide support to non-profit organizations and groups that provide vital services to those in need in our community.

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