SOURCE: American Institute for Stuttering

American Institute for Stuttering

June 07, 2012 12:30 ET

Media Alert: American Institute for Stuttering to Hold Sixth Annual "Freeing Voices, Changing Lives" Benefit Gala

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) -

The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) will host its Sixth Annual "Freeing Voices, Changing Lives" Benefit Gala

The Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013

Monday, June 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner and awards presentation

  • Red carpet and photo opportunity: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.


  • Honorees include World Series baseball legend Tommy John, and 9/11 Commission Chair and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, for rising above their stutter and making indelible contributions to their fields
  • The Catherine Montgomery Advocacy Award will be presented to media icons Sir Harold Evans and Tina Brown
  • Renowned actor Sam Waterston (Law & Order) will be the master of ceremonies
  • Barbara Walters (journalist) and Josh Elliott ("Good Morning America"), long-time friends of AIS, will present awards.
  • Other special guests include Marc Bouwer (fashion designer) and Clarence Page (journalist)
  • Gala Co-Chairs:
    • Michael Sheehan (communications strategist)
    • Riki Sheehan
    • Tony Hooper (Amgen)
  • Client testimonials: Tim McCarren (age 22), Julia Marzovilla (age 16), Emanuel Castano (age 11) & Miki Pacherco-Berger (age 10)
  • Performance: Myles Mancuso (known as "Mojo Myles") and his band

Proceeds from the Gala will support the programs of the American Institute for Stuttering. Stuttering is widely misunderstood and one of the few disorders that an uninformed public feels is okay to laugh at, causing much shame and humiliation for those who stutter. AIS recognizes that for the three million people and their families affected by stuttering in the United States, it is much more than just a communication disorder. AIS' therapy approach is designed to restore and maintain a sense of personal dignity and communicative freedom, while providing instruction on speech techniques that allow the individual to minimize the severity of their stuttering, and emotional support and individualized counseling

Media contact for inquiries and credentials: Megan Moynihan, (917) 426-4155,

About American Institute for Stuttering (AIS):
AIS was founded in 1998 by Catherine Montgomery (1951-2010), who was an internationally recognized speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience dedicated exclusively to the study and treatment of stuttering. AIS is the only non-profit organization in the United States that offers specialized speech therapy to people who stutter of all ages, and guidance to their families. AIS provides much needed clinical training in stuttering to speech-language pathologists and students. The mission extends to advance public and scholarly understanding of this often misunderstood disorder. For more information about stuttering and AIS, please visit

For more information regarding the event or to purchase tickets visit: or call 212-725-7140

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