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Starkey Foundation Gala in St. Paul to honor George W. Bush

The hearing aid foundation holds an annual star-studded gala. This year Katy Perry headlines the entertainment.

Former President George W. Bush will be honored at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual gala in St. Paul on July 26.

The event at St. Paul’s RiverCentre will feature Katy Perry as the entertainment headliner. 

Lots of athletes, entertainers and other celebrities attend the annual event, which raises money for the foundation’s health programs and charitable causes.

Bush, they say, has been much involved with the foundation’s work, and helped provide customized hearing devices to 222 people in Tanzania.

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In previous years, attendees have included: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Reba McEntire, Muhammad Ali, Garth Brooks, Sir Elton John, Tony Hawk, Billie Jean King, Gladys Knight and John Legend.

Last year, the gala raised nearly $9 million, they say.

Foundation founder William F. Austin said in a statement: “We can’t do much alone, and we are grateful to have so many friends join us from around the world to celebrate the connecting power of hearing and raise awareness for the work we are doing together.”

The foundation says it is a member of Clinton Global Initiative and gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually.