On June 3rd, 2013, the American Institute for Stuttering hosted the 7th annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. We had the privilege of honoring long time board member Sander Flaum. Before presenting the award to Mr. Flaum, Gala Co-Chair and 2008 Honoree Tony Hooper spoke of his friendship with Sander that dates back several decades. Tony added that it was Sander who first convinced him to support the American Institute for Stuttering in 2008.
Flaum, who previously served as the chairman of the AIS Board of Directors, gave an inspirational acceptance speech. He spoke of the values his mother instilled in him as a child. Because he was a stutterer, Rose Flaum always reinforced his need to work a little harder and be a little smarter in order to succeed.
We thank Sander, for playing such a crucial role at the American Institute for Stuttering. He has made a tremendous impact as a board member, previous chairman, and now, Gala Honoree! We are extremely grateful for all he does!