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Honoring Jennifer Garner and Paula Goldberg

June 28, 2016 Press Release

Global Nonprofit Showcases Progress in Hearing Health Care Legacy at Annual Gala


MINNEAPOLIS (June 28, 2016) — The 16th So The World May Hear Awards Gala reflects the international, national, and local advancements made possible by the generosity of gala guests and partners of Starkey Hearing Foundation. This year marks a historic milestone with the opening of the Starkey Hearing Institute in Zambia, a simple, sustainable, and scalable WFA® community-based hearing health care model developed by William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and global humanitarian. At the Starkey Hearing Institute, students are equipped with academic rigor, resources, and tools to advance hearing health care services.


In 2016, Starkey Hearing Foundation also expanded international missions with ongoing services and self-empowerment tools. Hear Now program is on track for a 15 percent increase over 2015 to provide more hearing devices to those in need domestically. For Minnesota, gala proceeds support grants for local and regional nonprofits.

The gala returns to the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Award honorees include Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress and advocate for early childhood education. As trustee for Save the Children, Garner has traveled the country to learn firsthand how these programs impact children and families in need and has advocated to policymakers and government officials at every level. Local humanitarian, Paula F. Goldberg, executive director and co-founder of PACER, will also be celebrated for making PACER a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities.

In Starkey tradition, this year’s gala will feature a stellar line-up of special guests and entertainers including comedian Jay Leno; Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp; singer-songwriter John Mellencamp; country duo Maddie & Tae; The Tenors; American Idol winner Trent Harmon; with many more to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The gala is anticipated to generate more than $9 million, which will accelerate the pace and scope of Starkey Hearing Foundation missions to reach more patients who need hearing health care.

“Starkey Hearing Foundation consistently grows and improves its mission to help more people reach their full potential and create a future filled with possibilities,” said William F. Austin. “We share the common belief with our honorees that we can change the world for the better.”


About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. The Foundation focuses on hearing health missions, education, and recycling, as well as grants to mission-aligned organizations. We have helped 500,000 patients with more than 1.8 million hearing aids in 100 countries. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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