Navigation Links
Elton John, Billy Crystal, Tony Bennett, and Gladys Knight Help Starkey Hearing Foundation Raise More than $5 Million at Annual Fundraiser
Date:7/14/2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- An evening of entertainment and fundraising that included performances by Elton John, Billy Crystal, Tony Bennett, and Gladys Knight resulted in Starkey Hearing Foundation, the global leader in delivering the gift of hearing, raising more than $5 million to support its mission of helping the world to hear. Starkey Hearing Foundation hosted its Ninth Annual "So the World May Hear" Awards Gala on Sunday, July 12 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. The funds raised will enable the Foundation to distribute 50,000 hearing aids to children in need worldwide.

"Elton John. Billy Crystal. Tony Bennett. Gladys Knight. What a line-up, and what a magnificent evening of entertainment, celebration and generosity. The kind of generosity that is simply unprecedented. The kind of generosity that is born of passion and commitment. The kind of generosity that will allow us to open the world as we know it -- a world of music, laughter, language, and love -- to kids all over the world by giving them the gift of hearing," said William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made our 2009 Gala a success."

The evening featured the comedy of Billy Crystal as well as performances by Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Ethan Bortnick, and Nita Whitaker. Elton John capped off the evening with a one-hour performance that included such hits as "Rocket Man," "Your Song," "Daniel," and "Circle of Life." A live auction included a hearing mission trip to Kenya to fit 5,000 people with hearing aids. That auction item earned the evening's top bid of $250,000. The inspirational evening would not have been complete without the recognition of others who have made their own significant contributions to humanity. This year's award recipients included comedian Norm Crosby; the 1961 New York Yankees, who were represented by Moose Skowron, Whitey Ford, Ralph Terry, Bob Turley, and Mickey Mantle's son David Mantle; Minnesota philanthropists and business leaders Marilyn and Dr. Glen Nelson; and Rayovac, a long-time supporter of Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Additional celebrity guests who attended this year's Gala included performers JC Chasez and Sam Moore; actors Lou Ferrigno, Verne Troyer, Sean Pyfrom, and Robert Culp; TV personalities Alan Kalter and Paige Hemmis; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; golf legend Arnold Palmer; Southern Methodist University head football coach June Jones; songwriter Paul Williams; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress; Minnesota Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman; University of Minnesota head basketball coach Tubby Smith; and many others.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation (SHF)

Starkey Hearing Foundation is the global leader in the gift of hearing by delivering hearing instruments via hearing missions in 86 countries. Founded by William F. Austin in 1984 with the vision So the World May Hear, countless numbers of lives are touched by better hearing through Starkey Hearing Foundation missions. With the goal to heighten social consciousness on the importance of hearing, Starkey Hearing Foundation launched a hearing conservation program, Sound Matters, to educate the public about responsible listening. Today the Foundation is sustained by the selfless efforts of volunteers and donors spanning the globe. Since 2000, the Foundation has distributed nearly 340,000 hearing instruments to those in need around the world. Become a Starkey Hearing Foundation fan by visiting Facebook at http://www.facebook.com, follow Starkey Hearing Foundation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/starkeyhearing, or visit us at http://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Links:

Starkey Hearing Foundation

Twitter/StarkeyHearing


'/>"/>
SOURCE Starkey Hearing Foundation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ventas Appoints James D. Shelton and Robert D. Reed to Board
2. Phyllis Sheltons LTCI Sales Skills Seminar a Must-Attend Event for Insurance Professionals
3. Three-Time Grammy Nominee Raphael Saadiq to Perform at 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards(R) Viewing Party
4. Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Renews Official Wine Sponsorship of Elton John AIDS Foundation(R)
5. 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Party Celebrating the Academy Awards Raises Nearly $4 Million
6. National Social Security Disability Advocacy Firm Changes Name to "Freedom Disability" and Acquires 22,000 Square Foot Corporate Headquarters in Shelton, CT
7. Billy Graham Home After Hospitalization:
8. Billy Graham Returns Home Following Hospital Observation
9. Access Hollywood Co-Host Billy Bush and My Name is Earl Star Nadine Velazquez to Host the 2009 Miss USA(R) Pageant Live From Las Vegas on April 19th
10. Billy Mays Autopsy Results Point to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
11. Local Infertility Specialist, Dr. Rachel Bennett, Westchester Reproductive Medicine, Opens New Office in Mount Kisco
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health ... the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice ... overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, ... a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of ... award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , ... Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... PASADENA, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. ... he would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, ... table, he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for a Fair Minimum Wage’ ... 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same rate as the median ... floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. , The company is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)...  In a startling report released today, National Safety Council ... a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... the 28 failing states, three – Michigan , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... News Issue 52" report to their offering. ... influenza treatment creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to ... patient base that will serve to drive considerable growth for ... would serve to cap sales considerably, but development is still ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of ... Farma Brasil as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... Manager of Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: