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Celebrities Give the Gift of Hearing in Phoenix During the Big Game Weekend

January 21, 2015 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS (January 21, 2015) — With help from professional athletes and other celebrity supporters, Starkey Hearing Foundation will give the gift of hearing to people in need in Phoenix. On Saturday, Jan. 31, the Foundation’s team of hearing professionals will fit more than 75 prescreened patients with free, state-of-the-art, digital hearing devices. Garth Brooks, Pete Wentz, Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings, Marlee Matlin and Daymond John are just a few of the special guests expected to be on hand to help.

For over three decades, Starkey Hearing Foundation has used hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world. This hearing mission will help the Foundation fulfill its commitment to provide more than 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and one million by 2020. In the last year alone, Starkey Hearing Foundation provided more than 175,000 free hearing aids domestically and internationally.

The January 31 event will take place at Phoenix Municipal Stadium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. The Foundation will provide free, customized hearing devices to pre-selected Phoenix-area patients ranging in age from nine to 83. This event is just one of dozens of domestic and international hearing missions conducted by Starkey Hearing Foundation each year.

Celebrity volunteers regularly assist at the Foundation’s hearing missions, where they help fit patients with new hearing aids and experience the life-changing impact that comes with helping to restore hearing for both the young and old. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Celebrity supporters expected to volunteer in Phoenix include: recording artists Garth Brooks, Pete Wentz and Sam Moore; current and former NFL players Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Greg Jennings, A.J. Green, Kyle Rudolph, Jasper Brinkley and Tommie Harris; and actors/television personalities Marlee Matlin, Daymond John, J.R. Martinez and Katie Leclerc; and many more.

“There is no greater gift than being able to be help connect someone to life and empower them to reach their full potential,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Hearing brings people together, and we are excited to have so many of our wonderful supporters join us in Phoenix.”

More information about the Foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. 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. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit


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