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Bill Clinton to attend Starkey gala in St. Paul honoring George W. Bush

The annual gala to raise funds for the Starkey Hearing Foundation is July 26.

President Bill Clinton is now on the guest list for the July 26 Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul. He joins President George W. Bush, who is being honored at the annual event this year for his contributions to the foundation’s charitable work.

Katy Perry is the headline entertainer at the event at St. Paul’s RiverCentre, which always features many celebrities. Last year, it raised nearly $9 million.

Foundation officials say Bush helped provide customized hearing devices to 222 people in Tanzania.

In announcing that Clinton will attend next week’s gala as a special guest, officials said he’d been honored by the foundation in 2011 and that he has joined many global hearing missions, including work in Zambia, Rwanda and Kenya.