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Celebrities Help Starkey Hearing Foundation Raise $4.5 Million at Annual Gala

Earthtimes.org - USA - With the help of dozens of well-known and highly respected celebrities, including Jim Belushi, Lou Ferrigno, Glenn Frey, Goldie Hawn, Jay Leno, Kenny Loggins, Marlee Matlin, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Rooney, Kevin Sorbo, Robert Wagner, and many others, the Starkey Hearing Foundation raised a record $4.5 million at its annual "So the World May Hear" Awards Gala, which was held on Saturday, June 23 in St. Paul, Minn.

"For the seventh year in a row we had tremendous support from our friends all over the world who helped us raise an amazing $4.5 million to further our mission of promoting hearing health awareness and helping the world to hear," said William F. Austin, founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. "I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who was a part of this year's Gala and who, through their generosity of time and money, helped make the world a better place for so many children."

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is known for donating hearing aids to underprivileged children both here in the United States and in countries all over the globe. Thanks to funds raised during this annual event, the Foundation has been able to donate an estimated 200,000 hearing aids in the past seven years alone in an effort to give the gift of hearing to those in need.

This year's star-studded Gala included performances by Jim Belushi and the Sacred Heart Band, Jay Leno, Jaime Thietten, Glenn Frey, and Kenny Loggins, who closed the show with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Footloose. In addition, the Foundation honored five individuals who have each made a significant contribution to humanity, including philanthropists Al and Cathy Annexstad, owners of Federated Insurance, Former United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn, and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda.
Source : Originally Published Earthtimes.org - USA, Jun 25, 2007
Celebrities : Peter Alexander, Scott Carpenter, Kenny Loggins, Glenn Frey, Lou Ferrigno, Buzz Aldrin, Peter Marshall, Sam Moore, General C. Everett Koop, Jaime Thietten, Cathy Annexstad, Al Annexstad, Barbara Sinatra, William F. Austin, Jim Belushi, Robert Wagner, Arnold Palmer, Goldie Hawn, Tommy Lasorda, Jay Leno, Jane Seymour, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Rooney, Robert Culp, Marlee Matlin, Kevin Sorbo, Norm Crosby
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Posted 6/25/2007 04:06:08 PM | Permalink
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