The Hear the World Charity Gala at the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland on June 24, 2017 raised over CHF 375,000 (approximately USD $389,731) in donations. This will allow the Hear the World Foundation to be able to give the gift of hearing to some 1,900 children in need with hearing loss, the Foundation announced. The evening program featured a pro bono concert by Bryan Adams, a performance by the Swiss musician Marc Sway, an auction of exclusive prizes, and moving stories about children in need and the foundation’s work in many aid projects.
The Hear the World Foundation—a nonprofit association founded by Sonova—works to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.
The gift of hearing for 1,900 children
Over 300 guests, patrons, and sponsors attended the gala, according to the Foundation, with a majority of the donations generated by the auction of unique experiences by auctioneer Cyril Koller.
“All proceeds from the gala go to the Hear the World Foundation’s project work,” said Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova and president of the Hear the World Foundation. “The donations mean that we can provide audiological care to some 1,900 disadvantaged children with hearing loss around the world, allowing them to hear and speak. On behalf of these children, I would like to say thank you to everybody who contributed to this great result,” he said.
Exclusive concert by Bryan Adams
Adams has worked as an ambassador for the Hear the World Foundation on a voluntary basis for over 10 years and honored the foundation with an exclusive pro bono concert at the gala. Swiss musician Marc Sway now also supports the foundation and told gala guests about his visit to one of the Hear the World Foundation’s projects in Brazil. Pepe Lienhard and his orchestra also provided entertainment. Presenter Sven Epiney guided guests through the evening.
Source: Hear the World Foundation