Elton John

The ninth annual “So the World May Hear” Awards Gala put on by the Starkey Hearing Foundation is to be held on July 12 in St Paul, Minn. Red carpet festivities, which include photograph and autograph opportunities, are free and open to the public.

Some of the celebrities who will be attending and/or participating in the event include performers Elton John, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Sam Moore, and Paul Williams; comedians Billy Crystal and Norm Crosby; actors Leslie Nielsen, Lou Ferrigno, and Robert Culp; TV personalities Alan Kalter and Paige Hemmis; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; golf legend Arnold Palmer; 1961 Yankees teammates Moose Skowron, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, and Bob Turley, and Mickey Mantle’s son David Mantle; and Southern Methodist University head football coach June Jones. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, and members of the Minnesota Vikings will also attend.

The gala is planned from 2:30 to 4:45 pm, at the St Paul RiverCentre, on 175 Kellogg Blvd W.

With the support of nationally and internationally acclaimed celebrities, including Elton John, Garth Brooks, Jay Leno, Goldie Hawn, John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Glenn Frey, Lou Ferrigno, Kenny Loggins, Leslie Nielsen, Marlee Matlin, Jane Seymour, the gala is the Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Last year, a record $5 million was raised.

To reserve a seat, call (866) 354-3254. Visit Facebook at http://www.facebook.com to become a fan of Starkey Hearing Foundation, or visit the Web site.

[Source: Starkey Hearing Foundation]