So the World Can Hear is an annual gala hosted by the Starkey Hearing Foundation that helps bring the gift of hearing to those in need all over the world. Celebrity performers like Miley Cyrus and Meat Loaf have seen the amazing work that the foundation does by bringing hearing aids to those in need and raising awareness of hearing loss prevention.
Meat Loaf, Miley Cyrus, and Reba McEntire will be performing at the So the World Can Hear gala on July 24 at the St. Paul River Centre, 175 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, Minnesota. Being kept under wraps are two surprise performances scheduled for the gala.
Miley Cyrus has been the face of Starkey’s Listen Carefully campaign, which seeks to bring awareness about hearing loss prevention to teenagers. Statistics show that 1 in 5 teenagers have noticeable hearing loss. The young pop singer has been busy in Port au Prince, Haiti handing out hearing aids and giving the gift of hearing to children who have been living without sound.
The foundation became famous after Marlee Matlin‘s appearance on Celebrity Apprentice where she worked with Meatloaf in her last battle against John Rich for the $250,000 prize for her charity. Matlin didn’t win the grand prize, but she did raise a million dollars in one historic episode of the show and thousands more before the season ended.
To date, the Starkey Foundation’s So the World Can Hear gala has raised over $7 million with every penny being spent to change the social consciousness of hearing in the world. The foundation has donated over 500,000 hearing aids since 2000 and has plans to donate 500,000 more in this decade.