Tani Austin, Co-founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, to be Delta Zeta Sorority’s 2016 Convention Initiate

Tami Austin

(Oxford, Ohio) Delta Zeta Sorority is proud to announce that Tani Austin, co-founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, is the 2016 Convention initiate. She will be initiated into the Sorority on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Delta Zeta’s National Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

Tani’s dedication to hearing heath care matches that of Delta Zeta’s, as the cause has been the Sorority’s national philanthropy since 1954. “Hearing gives life,” Tani Austin said. “The ear is the road to the heart.”

The Starkey Hearing Foundation travels the globe delivering the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. The gift of hearing opens a new world of opportunity to those with hearing loss. A hearing device connects individuals to life and helps them realize they can accomplish more than they ever thought possible. Giving a person the ability to hear has an immediate effect on improving quality of life, and a compounding effect on the world. The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries.

“It’s the best job ever,” Tani Austin said, “We are always helping and empower people through hearing.”

In 2006, Delta Zeta’s National Convention voted to make Starkey Hearing Foundation a philanthropic partner with Delta Zeta for the cause of speech and hearing. The Sorority has pledged to raise $5 million over the next five years for speech and hearing, and to donate that amount to Starkey Hearing Foundation.

“We are truly honored to have Tani join us in our sisterhood,” said Diane M. Stecher, National President. “She and her husband, Bill, are pioneers in the field of speech and hearing, and believe that the gift of hearing, which brings the gift of communication, is the path to world peace. Delta Zeta believes that, too. We know that, together, our important work is a global mission that cannot fail. Tani’s friendship and sisterhood, made possible by her initiation, enhance Delta Zeta and its members through her passion to better the world.”

Delta Zeta Sorority participates in Starkey Hearing Foundation hearing missions around the world, where Starkey fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually to those who otherwise would not have access to them. Delta Zeta also supports Starkey Hearing Foundation’s hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully campaign and the Foundation’s work to provide hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program.

Delta Zeta Sorority is a premier global network of inspired women who translate their passions through leadership, service and philanthropy to enrich their communities and change lives. Founded on Miami University’s campus in Oxford, Ohio in 1902, the Sorority has more than 261,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada. The Delta Zeta Foundation, a non-profit organization, makes possible gifts and support for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy and education. Learn more about our mission at http://www.deltazeta.org.

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. The Foundation focuses on hearing health care missions, education, and recycling, as well as grants to mission-aligned organizations. The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

For further information, please contact Diane M. Stecher, National President, Delta Zeta Sorority, 202 East Church Street, Oxford, Ohio 45056, (513) 523-7597, press@dzshq.com.