Center for Hearing & Speech Wins BBB TORCH Award

St. Louis BBB TORCH awards recognize companies and charities that are committed to exceptional standards for ethical business practices and service to their customers, employees, suppliers, and communities.
August 27, 2014

Rita Tintera of the Center for Hearing & SpeechSt. Louis, Mo., August 27, 2014 – The Center for Hearing & Speech of Rock Hill, Mo., is among 10 businesses and two charities who will receive TORCH Awards from  Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois at noon Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

The Center for Hearing & Speech has been adapting to meet the needs of the hearing-impaired since it began in 1920. Today, the center screens an average of 10,000 children a year for hearing and undetected vision problems. It works with about 375 children and youth who need speech therapy, and it provides audiology services – hearing tests and assistive devices - to approximately 1,600 people of all ages.

“Everyone here is mission-focused,” said Rita Tintera, executive director.  “What makes us successful is the ability to get people to understand their hearing loss and to afford hearing aids. For children with speech/language delays/disorders, it’s the opportunity to speak clearly and to have a chance to learn and read at the same level as their unaffected peers. And we’re successful when we can detect hearing or vision loss in preschool and school-aged children so that they can correct their disorders to live and learn well.”

Businesses and charities who apply for the TORCH Awards are evaluated for their commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices. A committee of previous winners chooses the award winners.

This year’s TORCH Awards features Mark Whitacre, once a rising star at Archer Daniels Midland who became an internationally known whistleblower on the company’s price-fixing practices. Whitacre, whose story was the basis for the movie, The Informant, has found his way back into business and is in high demand as a motivational speaker.        

KMOV News Anchor Steve Savard will emcee the event.

The TORCH Awards luncheon is at noon Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Khorassan Room at the Chase Park Plaza. Tickets for the luncheon are available at $60 a person, or $600 for a table of 10. Patron sponsorships, which include luncheon tickets, are available for $1,500.

To reserve a table or a seat at the event or for information on sponsorships, go to For more information or for additional information on sponsorships, please call 314-645-0606 or send email to

Contacts (News Media Only): Michelle L. Corey, President and CEO, (314) 645-0606,; Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, (314) 584-6743 or (314) 681-4719 (cell),

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