For almost as long as Ohio Valley Voices has existed, The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation has been one of its most passionate supporters.
First established in 1994 by Cincinnati businessman Daniel A. Pfau and his wife, Susan Laufer Pfau, a community volunteer, the foundation primarily supports programs that serve the needs of children, adolescents, and young adults with disabilities and facing economic barriers to success—a mission that closely aligns with OVV’s.
The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation first learned of Ohio Valley Voices’ important work in 2000, when OVV submitted a proposal for funding. Since then, the foundation has remained a steadfast contributor to OVV, awarding the organization with ten additional grants toward its programs in support of children with profound hearing loss.
A great many positive memories have been formed over the course of the foundation’s long-running relationship with Ohio Valley Voices, but one in particular stands out. Years ago, as part of a grant application process, OVV Executive Director Maria Sentelik shared a video comparing the speech of recent Ohio Valley Voices graduates to that of children with hearing loss who did not receive early intervention therapy. The difference was like night and day.
In a clear, compelling way, the video demonstrated what makes OVV’s work so uniquely transformative. By providing data-driven therapy in a nurturing environment, Ohio Valley Voices’ specialists lead children on a journey from “silence to speech,” thus opening up the world of communication—and a lifetime of opportunity.
The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation is proud to support Ohio Valley Voices in this important mission and looks forward to continuing its fruitful relationship with OVV for many years to come.