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World Leaders, Celebrities Gather for Star-Studded Gala
|By Business Wire
|July 21, 2014 02:28 PM EDT
Last night, world leaders and celebrities came to St. Paul to support
and celebrate the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 14th annual So
the World May Hear Awards Gala. VIPs and celebrities in attendance
included former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Archbishop
Desmond Tutu; musicians Rob Thomas, John Legend, Sammy Hagar and Jessica
Sanchez; actors Forest Whitaker, Shannon Elizabeth, Verne Troyer, and
Lou Ferrigno; and athletes Larry Fitzgerald, Derrick Coleman, Greg
Jennings, Adrian Peterson and Dikembe Mutombo, among others.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a picture with Starkey Hearing Foundation founders Bill and Tani Austin at the Starkey Hearing Foundation's "So the World May Hear" Awards Gala on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. The foundation is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and gives away more than 100,000 hearing aids in the U.S. and around the world annually. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Starkey Hearing Foundation/AP Images)
The So the World May Hear Awards Gala honors men and women whose
contributions have helped make the world a better place, celebrating
Starkey Hearing Foundation founder Bill Austin’s motto, “Alone we can’t
do much. Together we can change the world.” The event is also Starkey
Hearing Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, and this year’s gala
raised a record-setting $8.7 million to support the Foundation’s
charitable work around the world. As a member of President Clinton’s
Global Initiative, the Foundation has pledged to fit and give one
million hearing aids this decade.
“The gift of hearing opens up a whole new world of opportunity. It
connects individuals to each other and empowers them to reach their full
potential,” said Austin. “The question you should always ask is, ‘Who
can I reflect caring to today?’ Because that simple kindness, that act
of lifting someone up, gets reflected forward to others.”
Highlights of the evening included speeches from former Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; an emotional
reflection from Super Bowl champion Derrick Coleman, the first legally
deaf offensive player in the NFL; a soulful performance from Jessica
Sanchez and acoustic performances by GRAMMY Award winners Rob Thomas and
John Legend; and a grand finale with fellow GRAMMY Award winner Sammy
2014 presenters included: former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton,
Larry Fitzgerald, Derrick Coleman, Senator Norm Coleman, Dikembe Mutombo
and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
Sec. Clinton spoke to the strong relationship the Clinton family has
with Starkey Hearing Foundation. “It’s been three years since Starkey
committed to donating one million hearing aids this decade through the
Clinton Global Initiative. The foundation is well ahead of schedule, and
I want all of us to join together in this effort,” said Clinton.
“Starkey creates opportunities for communication and connection in a
world that sorely needs it. This work is an act of love. An act of
devotion and caring and concern.”
Super Bowl champion Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks spoke to his
personal experience with hearing loss. Said Coleman, “My family raised
me to never use my hearing loss as an excuse. They taught me that I
could do anything I put my mind to. This mentality and approach to life
is what got me to the NFL and to later become a Super Bowl Champion.”
Coleman added, “Over the past 50 years, Bill Austin has revolutionized
the hearing industry with life-changing products to help someone like me
live my dreams.”
2014 honorees included Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Desmond and Leah
Tutu Legacy Foundation); Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker
(The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative); Sandi Young
(humanitarian); Prince Seeiso (Sentebale); and Bassam Aramin, Mazen
Faraj, Abraham Elhanan and Ayelet Harel (The Parents Circle-Families
Forum). Honorees were recognized for their positive contributions to the
world, and each spoke about their causes.
Forest Whitaker was recognized for his work with the Whitaker Peace and
Development Initiative. He recalled his first Starkey Hearing Foundation
mission in Uganda and spoke to his passion for giving back and improving
the lives of others. “I’ve seen the reaction of someone who has heard
for the first time, and it’s overpowering,” said Whitaker. “Starkey is
doing amazing work, bringing hearing to people who don’t have the
opportunity to be included in the universal sound that all of us are.”
Whitaker believes in the power of education to promote peace, and is
dedicated to teaching and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil
war through his work with Hope North.
The Foundation is already looking forward to next year’s gala, set for
July 26, 2015. For additional information about Starkey Hearing
Foundation’s awards galas, visit http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/galas.
More information about the Foundation’s work can be found on Starkey
Hearing Foundation’s website,
About Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring
and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more
than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet
many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them.
Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids
annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it
has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to
giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey
Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education
through the Listen Carefully campaign and provides hearing instruments
to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more
information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.
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