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Glenn and Mindy Stearns Recognized as American Couple of the Year at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 12th Annual So The World May Hear Gala

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.

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Mindy’s foray into the media spotlight began with one “Cockadoodle-Doo.” Discovered by Oprah Winfrey while making animal calls as an audience member, Mindy found her true calling in the entertainment industry, leaving what she thought was a lifetime career as a dental hygienist. After that fateful show where Oprah nicknamed her “The Rooster Lady. “ Following over three hundred radio appearances, a producer took a risk on raw talent, and Mindy was hired to host the highly rated Saginaw, Michigan radio program called Mike & Mindy in the Morning. Within six months the show was rated number one and then Mindy again changed addresses, this time to be on Hollywood’s red carpet reporting for television’s Entertainment Tonight.

The Emmy nominated Stearns has made a successful career covering the world of entertainment for KTLA’s award-winning News at Ten, and the KTLA Morning News. Mindy has also appeared on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee, and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and taken on acting roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and 7th Heaven. Among films like Dickie Roberts; Former Child Star, and numerous independent film projects, Mindy also appeared in the popular Disney film The Princess Diaries, in a role that Director Gary Marshall wrote specifically for her.

Mindy’s popularity on and off the Red Carpet have earned her the prestigious Golden Mike Award, two Emmy nominations and a nomination for “Entertainment Reporter of the Year” by the Publicists Guild.

Those who thought her Oprah appearance a “one hit wonder” continue to be surprised. Mindy has appeared six times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as one of Oprah’s “favorite guests”, “The Best of Oprah”, “Rags to Riches”, and was featured in a segment that followed her life with an exclusive look into her fairy tale marriage to Glenn. The wedding was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and in the pages of “In Touch,” “Rivieria,” and “Orange Coast” magazines, and donned the cover of “Inside Weddings” magazine.

Mindy and her husband dabbled in the reality show world when they appeared together on TBS’ The Real Gilligan’s Island as the “Millionaire and his wife.” Her husband Glenn won the game show competition and they matched and donated the prize money to charity.

Recently named “Woman of the Year,” by California State’s 70th district Assemblyman Don Wagner, Mindy Stearns has earned the title through her tireless efforts to support and bring awareness to various charity organizations throughout Southern California. Mindy, along with her husband Glenn founded the Stearns Family Charitable Foundation and the Live Changing Lives Gala which has become the premiere Charity Gala in Orange County raising close to $4 million in 4 years. Mindy can be seen regularly bringing attention to Arts and Cultural events in Orange County on PBS SoCal’s Real Orange.

In addition to being named “Woman of the Year” Mindy has been recognized as the Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction. Glenn and Mindy have received various awards throughout the community for their contributions. Including the Canyon Acres Jim Murray Memorial Service Award, The Optimist Youth Homes Mentor Award, and American Couple of the Year at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala.

Mindy manages a blended family with two daughters of her own; 3 and 6 year old girls, 5 stepchildren (and two granddaughters) and maintains a close friendship with the mothers of all the children.

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