Third Annual Golf Tournament Raises $23,000 for Professorís Research

November 10, 2009

For the third year in a row, proceeds from a charity golf tournament sponsored by Equipment Depot, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, were donated to Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to benefit the work of one of its faculty members.

This year’s event, combined with several other fundraisers conducted in 2009, resulted in a $23,000 gift from the Joe Strada, Sr. Memorial Fund to the department to support the research of Dr. Janice Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. A total of $70,000 has been donated to Light’s laboratory since the tournament and related fundraising efforts were initiated in 2007. image of Janice Light and others at the golf tournament

Light is internationally known for her research in the area of augmentative and alternative communication, which is geared toward improving communication outcomes and enhancing the quality of life for individuals who have significant speech and language impairments, including children with autism. Light and her research team have developed tools such as communication boards and computer-based assistive technologies, in addition to methodologies and information for families and caregivers, which enable these individuals to communicate in ways never before thought possible.

The golf tournament was organized by the employees of Equipment Depot (formerly Forklifts, Inc.). In partnership with the Strada Memorial Fund, it supports Light’s research. Her work has been featured on Penn State Live (

More than 100 members of the local community participated in this fundraising event, held on September 12 at Armitage Golf Club in Mechanicsburg. Plans are already under way for next year’s fundraiser, set for September 11, 2010.


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