Our Time – a non-profit organization that has been helping children who stutter for over a decade – will hold its 11th Annual Benefit Gala, Worth the Wait, celebrating the bravery and achievements of young people who stutter as well as those who inspire their success. This year, Our Time will continue its annual tradition of celebrating an accomplished person who stutters by honoring music legend Mel Tillis. His remarkable achievements as a person who stutters inspire the youth of Our Time’s programs to live out their dreams. The organization will also present the Budd Mayer Advocacy Award to speech-language pathologist Dr. Phil Schneider for his exceptional dedication to supporting people who stutter and their families. Additionally, Our Time will present a special commendation for exemplary leadership to Saadiq Wicks, the 11-year old Founder & Director of LLLet Me Finish, an extension of Our Time that promotes awareness about stuttering and raises money to send kids in need to Camp Our Time. The event will be hosted by Victor Garber and Kelli O’Hara, and will feature performances and presentations by professional artists and celebrities including Christian Borle, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Cerveris, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Jeremy Jordan, Richard Kind, Jesse L. Martin, John Oliver, Anthony Rapp, Ron Rifkin, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn, and many more, alongside the talented youth of Our Time’s programs. A festive dinner and auction will follow with honorees and celebrities in attendance.
Added by Joe Trent on March 5, 2013