George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, To Be Honored at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in July Global Pop Superstar, Katy Perry, To Headline The Evening's Performances

MINNEAPOLIS, July 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starkey Hearing Foundation is pleased to announce that George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, and top singer, songwriter and actress Katy Perry will headline the 15th anniversary Starkey Hearing Foundation So the World May Hear Awards Gala on Sunday, July 26, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Starkey Hearing Foundation will recognize President George W. Bush, the Delta Zeta Sorority, No Limits and other humanitarians for their continued dedication and commitment to changing the world.

In addition to Katy Perry, this year's roster of entertainers includes Matt Nathanson, 2CELLOS, Jessica Sanchez and many other surprises. The gala also includes a celebrity red carpet event and a live auction.

Starkey Hearing Foundation's So the World May Hear Awards Gala is one of the most acclaimed fundraising events in the country, raising nearly $9 million in 2014 to support hearing health programs and charitable initiatives around the world. Every year, the Gala draws dozens of celebrities to the Twin Cities to show their support for Starkey Hearing Foundation. Previous guests have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Reba McEntire, Muhammad Ali, Garth Brooks, Sir Elton John, Tony Hawk, Billie Jean King, Gladys Knight, John Legend and many others.

"This year's gala promises to be the most exciting in the Foundation's history," says William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and global humanitarian. "We can't do much alone, and we are grateful to have so many friends join us from around the world to celebrate the connecting power of hearing and raise awareness for the work we are doing together."

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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. As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually. 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. Started as the philanthropic effort of Starkey Hearing Technologies, Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded by William F. Austin in 1984. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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Source: Starkey Hearing Technologies