Clarke's Listening Walk at the Zoo

Listing Walk Logo

Saturday, June 16, 2018
at Southwick's Zoo

In June 2018, over 500 friends explored Southwick's Zoo as they made their way through 10 listening stops along a scavenger hunt route. Children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and talk at Clarke—and children from the wider community—identified sounds like the honk of a flamingo, the roar of a lion, the purr of a cheetah and more! View Event Photos >

Thanks to amazing fundraising efforts, we raised over $50,000! The Listening Walk was made possible by the incredible assistance of many sponsors, fundraisers, in-kind donors, volunteers and supporters that include current families, alumni and staff. If you’re moved to further support the services Clarke provides, it’s not too late to donate here.

Congratulations to Listening Walk Award Winners and Participating Teams:

  • 1st Place Fundraising Team: Princess Warriors
  • 2nd Place Fundraising Team: Liam's Lions
  • 3rd Place Fundraising Team: Hannah Hears
  • Largest Team: Team Joe

Asher's SuperHEARoes, Austin's Awesome Walkers, Caroline's CI Squad, Clarke Canton Cochleas, Connor's Crew, Faruq, Hannah Hears, Harrison's Heros, Hear me Roar, Jacob & Lucas, K-8 Clarke Cougars, Lollipop Listener’s, Liam's Lions, Marchetti CI-Borg Brigade, Princess Warriors, Reem Deers, Smith SuperHEARos, Super Max, Team Everett, Team Jeremy, Team Joey, Team JoJo, Team Sunny, Team Super Nolie, Kayla’s Kittens, Action Paxton, Feynman’s Team, Go Miss Gill, The Musketeers

Special thanks to:


Passport Sponsor: HomeServe USA Bag Sponsor: Triad-Red Ball Listening Stop Sponsors: City of Boston Credit Union, Florence Bank Advertisers: AG Bell Chapter of Massachusetts, Big Y, Burgess Pest, ENT Surgeons of Western MA, Envision Bank, Harbar, Seacoast Asphalt, South Shore Hearing Center, Wilkinson and Finkbeiner, North End Motors, SBI, New American Funding, Canton Fire Department, Canton Association of Business and Industry Resource Tables: Cochlear, Phonak, Tufts Health Plan, Central International Corp Donor: Coastal Heritage Bank


Ghania Azzi, Robert Danahy, Lauren DeCastro, Kevin Franck, Bob Glassman, Barbara Hecht, Katie Jennings, Mary Jane Johnson, Linda Kacmar, Steph McRoskey, Doug Scott, Jennifer Sophis, Michael Tobin, James Topper, Stacee Topper


Angela Bourbeauu, Jeanne Coburn, Jim Dreikorn, Marian Hartblay, Bruce Landon, Alan Marvelli, Claire Troiano, Jennifer Sophis, Doug Scott


Contact Jennifer Sophis, Development Associate and Event Coordinator, at

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Listening Walk event at Southwick's Zoo. Without the support of each and every participant, donor and volunteer, the event would not have been as wonderful and successful as it was. We raised over $36,000 for Clarke and the number is still climbing! Thank you for choosing to change the lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The morning began with more than 300 participants embarking on a listening scavenger hunt through the many unique exhibits at New England's Largest Zoo... listening for all the ribbits and roars they could find, and keeping track of their progress in their Listening Walk Passports. There were also games, activities, a special awards ceremony and a lovely lunch where dozens of families--from Clarke and beyond--came together to get to know each other, chat about their interesting team names and have some fun on a gorgeous day at the Zoo!

We hold this event to raise funds for our state-of-the-art programming for children with hearing loss, and also to increase public awareness that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can listen and talk. And even though the Listening Walk has ended, we are still accepting donations for Clarke. Your donation enables our teachers and therapists to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. We appreciate your support!