September 24, 2012
In the spirit of goodwill and giving back to the community, former Tulane star and NBA standout John “Hot Rod” Williams, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and partner EarQ will be presenting 87-year old New Orleans native and hurricane survivor Mrs. Georgiana Brunet with a pair of new hearing devices this Monday, September 24th.
WHO: The National Basketball Retired Players Association and EarQ
WHAT: Giving back to the New Orleans Community. Through its partnership with the NBRPA, EarQ is providing a pair of hearing devices to Mrs. Georgiana Brunet.
WHEN: September 24 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: New Orleans Speech & Hearing Center (1636 Toledano Street in New Orleans)
WHY: The NBRPA and EarQ recognize Mrs. Brunet’s need as well as her years of community involvement in New Orleans.
Just prior to hosting its annual Legends World Sports Conference last month in New Orleans, the NBRPA formed a strategic partnership with EarQ, an exclusive network of Hearing Healthcare Providers dedicated to combining the most advanced technologies available with personalized service to provide Americans of all ages who suffer from hearing loss with the best possible hearing solutions. While at the conference, the two organizations learned about Mrs. Brunet.
Mrs. Brunet visited the EarQ testing center at the NBRPA conference and was given an extensive hearing exam and screening. After being diagnosed in need of hearing devices, Mrs. Brunet was greeted and welcomed by NBRPA Chief Revenue Officer Mark Scoggins, EarQ President Ed Keller and John “Hot Rod” Williams, who had a 13-year NBA career and now resides in Sorrento, LA. “We are extremely happy to have had the opportunity to meet such a great lady, who serves her community, and in need of hearing devices”, said Scoggins. “Along with EarQ, to the core of our mission, it is our pleasure to enhance someone’s life in communities where we have a presence.”
About Georgiana Brunet
Mrs. Brunet is an 87 year-old native of New Orleans who was born on August 16, 1925. She has four children, five grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren. She was married to Ernest Bernard Brunet Jr. (now deceased) for 38 years. Mr. Brunet was the founder of the jugs social club and NOMTOC parade in Algiers. Mrs. Brunet is very active in her church, serves on many boards and she was just awarded the medal of recognition from the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. She is a woman of wonder and has survived Hurricanes Camille, Katrina and Isaac, as well as many other challenges in her life.
About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes President & Chairman of the Board Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice President Otis Birdsong, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Thurl Bailey, Harvey Catchings, James Donaldson, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and Danny Schayes. For more information, please visit www.LegendsofBasketball.com.
The EarQ group is an exclusive network of Hearing Healthcare Providers dedicated to combining the most advanced technologies available with personalized service to provide Americans of all ages who suffer from hearing loss with the best possible hearing solutions. The EarQ Group Believes it can assist the 80% of hearing impaired population who currently suffer from hearing loss & don’t have solutions through three main initiatives; Innovation, Advocacy, & Awareness.