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Willie Ross School for the Deaf to Hold Annual Gala on Oct. 17

LONGMEADOW — The Willie Ross School for the Deaf will hold its annual gala and testimonial dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Wolf Swamp Road, Longmeadow. This year, the school will honor Erica Broman, a longtime trustee and supporter of Willie Ross, and Shurtleff Children’s Services, a generous supporter of the school.

Broman currently serves as vice president of Institutional Development and director of the Westfield State Foundation at Westfield University. She previously served as executive director of the Holyoke Community College Foundation for more than 15 years. In addition to serving for many years on the Willie Ross board of trustees as a member and chair, Broman is also a board member for the National Conference for Community and Justice and a founding member of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, along with a variety of other local, regional, and national board positions. 

The Shurtleff Children’s Services foundation has supported the School for more than four decades, including grants to support programs and operations. The purpose of Shurtleff Children’s Services is to promote the health and welfare of children in the region.

A social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program immediately after. For more information about the gala and to purchase tickets, visit www.willierossschool.org/support-us/annual-gala. The website also includes information for those interested in becoming a gala sponsor.