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CCC Sign Language Club's 'ASL Holiday Palooza' Fundraiser is Dec. 14


Camden County College provides sign language interpreting for many of its campus events. Most often, the interpreters are working from spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL). An upcoming CCC event, however, will be presented in ASL with the performers, all having ASL as their first language, interpreting into spoken English for the hearing audience.

The College’s ASL Club is presenting a fundraising evening of information, comedy, music and skits called “ASL Holiday Palooza” on Dec. 14. Performers will use humor to spread deaf awareness to members of the College and local communities while raising money to support club activities.

The evening will begin with an information session in ASL about the Americans with Disabilities Act, which will be presented by Keith Wann, an ASL standup comedian who is the hearing child of deaf adults (CODA) and one of the most highly regarded interpreters in the United States. Videos of Wann’s ASL routine on Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” ( are popular on YouTube, and in 2008 he appeared in Pepsi’s first deaf Super Bowl commercial (

Wann will be performing in the show that follows along with fellow CODAs Windell “Wink” Smith Jr., a nationally known ASL interpreter, entertainer and deaf advocate, and Chris Bahl, a part-time ASL interpreter with CCC’s Deaf and Heard of Hearing Program. They will use ASL to humorously share their life experiences growing up with deaf parents and voice-interpret their performance to ensure that hearing members of the audience don’t miss any of the fun.

“ASL Holiday Palooza” will start with the ADA information session from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the show will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. Both will take place inside Lincoln Hall on the College’s Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. The information session will be in Room 17, and the show will be in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, email

Published: December 10, 2012