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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Noah Liff Opera Center

The Bridge Builders Luncheon is the premier, annual fundraiser for Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Creating a relaxing moment in the typically busy day of our guests, this event will offer a time to unwind and enjoy some light entertainment, a lovely plated lunch by Bacon & Caviar, and to learn more about the important work being done at Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing! There is no cost to attend. Each guest will have the opportunity to make a personal gift or pledge during the event.  For more information, please email Mimi Fondren at

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for The Bridge Builders Luncheon , please visit Sponsorship Opportunities 

or contact Mimi Fondren at for complete sponsorship package. 

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2022 Event Featuring: Douglas Ridloff

Founder, Executive Director and Host of ASL SLAM

Douglas Ridloff is the founder and executive director of ASL Slam, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language. By hosting a monthly event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City and then bringing ASL Slam and his unique style of visual vernacular poetry to Australia, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Russia, the United Kingdom, and beyond, Ridloff has fostered engagement and enthusiasm for sign languages worldwide.

Via workshops, performances, and showcases, Ridloff has presented at numerous museums—including the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum—and at TEDxUniGeneva and TEDxVienna. He co-organized “An Explosion of Language: Publishing American Sign Language Poetry” at the Center for the Humanities. Ridloff has been featured on Circa, CNN’s Great Big Story, NBC News, and VICE News. He has worked as an ASL consultant for film and TV with the likes of A Quiet Place 1 and 2, Marvel The Eternals, Saturday Night Live, Hawkeye, and Only Murders in the Building. He is currently working as Producer for Marvel of ECHO.