Dear HLAA Members and Supporters,
When the coronavirus hit in early March, we had hopes that we could still hold the HLAA2020 Convention this June. Like you, we were watching the news and listening to guidelines from the CDC. It quickly became clear that cancelling this event that we all look forward to was a real possibility. The worsening situation in New Orleans and other parts of our country made it clear what we should do.
I want to thank our attendees, exhibitors, corporate partners, speakers, chapter and state leaders, and Board members for your patience and support while I was working with the New Orleans Marriott on a contingency. Cancelling this event is a disappointment for our community, but an absolute necessity to protect our health and help our country fight this pandemic.
Hearing loss is isolating enough and now we are further separated with the stay-at-home orders. HLAA is creating online resources and adding free captioned webinars and support sessions to help our members and constituents through this crisis.
We plan to deliver some of the featured content from the HLAA2020 Convention online in June. We are looking into technology solutions and talking with our sponsors about how best to do this.
We will Refund Your Registration Fee or Turn it into a Donation
Some of you have generously offered to waive a refund of your paid registration fee as a way to support HLAA. While convention fees and sponsorships allow us to put on a fun and engaging event each year, they also fund staff time, software, and convention programming. The HLAA Convention provides funds we rely on and donations will help continue essential HLAA programs during this challenging time. We appreciate your donations.
If you wish to offer your paid registration as a donation, please email Amanda Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know by Friday, April 17. We will send you an acknowledgment for your tax records. HLAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
If you would like a refund, please email Amanda Watson at email@example.com by Friday, April 17, 2020. You can also call Amanda on her direct line: 240.324.6073. If we don’t hear from you by April 17, we will consider this a donation.
Future HLAA Conventions
I appreciate the emails and calls I’ve received concerning the HLAA2020 Convention. Right now, please be safe and well and stay connected to HLAA. We want to be here for you in any way we can.