From President Bill Clinton to Robin Williams, Legends from the Worlds of Comedy, Film, Television, Sports, Music, Philanthropy, Social Justice and Business Unite in Support of Foundation’s Mission.
A record $7.6 million raised to help the world’s hearing impaired.
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, Starkey Hearing Foundation, whose mission – So the World May Hear – brings greater understanding among people through hearing care, raised more than $7.6 million during its annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala. The event, which drew dozens of celebrity and VIP supporters, raised the most money of any gala since the event began in 2001.
Held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN, and sponsored by Rayovac, the 12th So the World May Hear Awards Gala began in the afternoon with red carpet arrivals that included program presenters, honorees, performers and guests. Gala attendees included:
Presenters: President Bill Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Chevy Chase, Norm Crosby, Christopher Massey, Kyle Massey
Auctioneers: Robin Williams and Billy Crystal
Honorees: Actress Maria Bello; Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of St. Monica’s School, Uganda;
Philanthropists Glenn and Mindy Stearns, and former CHS CEO John Johnson
Performers: Glenn Frey, Billy Ray Cyrus, K’NAAN, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Jackie Evancho and Michael Johns
Glenn and Mindy Stearns were honored as American Couple Of The Year for their tireless philanthropic efforts to make the world a better place through Life Changing Lives. One Nation. One Heart. Life Changing Lives recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a positive effect – by inspiration or by action – on the lives of those who have struggled with disease, loss or adverse situations. Since it’s founding in 2008, Life Changing Lives has raised and donated over $4 million dollars to date. They have graciously shared those funds with over 30 charities ranging from The Big Brothers Big Sisters to the Wounded Warrior Project. Past Life Changing Lives honorees include: Muhammad Ali, John Elway, Apolo Ono, Tibor Rubin, Sugar Ray Leonard, Charles Duke, and Tony Hawk.
Attended by nearly 1,500 people, the 2012 So The World May Hear Awards Gala raised a record-breaking $7.6 million through ticket sales, sponsorships, donations, and the live and silent auctions. All of the funds will be used to allow Starkey Hearing Foundation to continue its work in promoting hearing health and awareness, including holding domestic and international hearing missions over the coming year, and furthering its Listen Carefully program to promote safe listening among young people.
About Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation is bringing understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment – so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects 1 in 10 Americans, and 63 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 1 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 initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.
About Life Changing Lives
Glenn and Mindy Stearns created Life Changing Lives in 2008 to help fund multiple worthwhile charities through one grand evening of entertainment and inspiration while recognizing individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the world. The Life Changing Lives gala, held annually on September 11th, honors the spirit of America on a national day of service and remembrance. The Stearns honor and recognize those Americans that exemplify the achievement of the American dream while supporting organizations that open doors to help individuals rise above adversary and seek opportunity. For more information visit www.4lcl.org.