Dear Friend of the Rochester School for the Deaf,

I am so very excited that we will be coming together once again for Adventures in Education on October 27.  A long-standing RSD tradition, Adventures celebrates human striving, courage, and imagination. We look for speakers who will be relatable and inspirational to our students and the entire RSD community. We are very fortunate to have two such people joining us this fall… Deaf mountaineers and explorers Scott Lehmann and Shayna Unger.

If you haven’t heard of Scott and Shayna, they are getting a great deal of attention in the outdoor adventure community, including a recent feature story in Outside: “How Two Deaf Mountaineers Thrive on High Peaks.” They set ambitious goals and share their adventures on social media. They have just finished climbing the highest peaks in Europe. 

Adventures is an ambitious event, and it is made possible thanks to the generous support of underwriters. I respectfully ask that you join me once again as an underwriter of this year’s event.  Your gift makes both the evening community program possible, but also creates the opportunity for our students to engage with these inspiring Deaf role models that school day and learn about all that goes into their ambitious endeavors. And at the highest levels, your underwriting support will help to fund other adventures for our students, including the travel abroad program and enrichment opportunities.

As an underwriter, you will receive tickets to Scott and Shayna’s presentation on Thursday, October 27, and the general reception that precedes it.  While there is not a separate underwriters reception this year, underwriters will receive special recognition at the event and in coverage of the event on social media and the RSD website.

Thank you for your thoughtful and generous consideration of this request.


Jerry Walter

President, Board of Directors

Rochester School for the Deaf

Adventures Underwriting Levels

Summit Visionary - $2500+
Underwrites the Adventures in Education program, as well as unique travel and adventure opportunities for RSD students.
  • All Expedition Leader Benefits
  • Special updates on RSD student adventures
Expedition Leader - $1000-2499
Underwrites the Adventures in Education community reception and presentation.
  • All Trail Blazer benefits
  • 4 additional tickets upon request or to donate to an RSD family or staff
  • Logo/name on event web page and digital marketing
  • Special recognition in the remarks
Trail Blazer - $500-999
Underwrites the school-day assembly for students
  • 2 tickets to the reception and presentation
  • Name in the program and on lobby underwriter signage
  • Logo or photo recognition stage screen credits
Base Camp Sponsor - $250-499
Underwrites classroom visits with Shayna and Scott
  • 2 tickets to the reception and presentation
  • Name in the program and on lobby underwriter signage
Specials Thanks to Our Early $1000+ Underwriters
Summit Visionary
Bond Bemefits Consulting
Expedition Leaders
Rochester Lapidary Society, Inc.
Jerry & Mary Ann Walter
Christopher K. Playford
Alesco Advisors logoPower Management LogoManning and Napier Logo