With four deaf club members who rely on sign language interpreters to help them communicate during club functions and one member with a cochlear implant, QI of Bakersfield, California, U.S.A., knows the needs of hearing-impaired people. Since most of their club service benefits the deaf community, they developed a GREAT IDEA by including local deaf individuals in major fund-raisers, too.
At the club’s Casino Night, four deaf individuals were recruited as blackjack dealers, which delighted nearly 30 deaf attendees who were able to play the card game in sign. A sign language instructor served as Master of Ceremonies, accompanied by a sign interpreter who also circulated through the crowd, helping as needed when the emcee wasn’t speaking. In addition, 16 local deaf persons volunteered to help the club set up and take down the event.
At the end of the night, the club’s net profit totaled U.S.$5,425, which will be returned to the deaf community in service.