Kevin Bacon of The Bacon Brothers

Starkey Hearing Foundation – which provides the gift of hearing to people in need around the world – is pleased to announce its entertainment lineup for the 2012 So The World May Hear Annual Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the Saint Paul River Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This year’s roster of So The World May Hear Gala entertainers includes, K’NAAN, Bacon Brothers, Jackie Evancho, and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

“We are enormously fortunate to have the support of so many wonderfully talented and committed artists from the world of entertainment joining us for our 12th annual gala this year,” said Bill Austin, Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Their support, not only at this event, but also as Hearing Angel ambassadors throughout the year, helps make it possible for us to change lives through the gift of hearing.”

The So The World May Hear Gala is Starkey Hearing Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser and helps the Foundation achieve its mission of bringing understanding between people through hearing care and fit more than 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually. In 2011, the event raised $7.2 million, which has helped the Foundation conduct hearing missions in such cities and countries as Indianapolis, Minneapolis, South Africa, Haiti, India, Israel-Palestine, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, and Colombia – all since last year’s gala.

In the last year alone, well-known figures such as President Bill Clinton, Miley Cyrus, Sir Richard Branson, Garth Brooks, Marlee Matlin, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Rancic, Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson and Manny Pacquiao have joined forces with Starkey Hearing Foundation to deliver the gift of hearing through these global hearing missions, while also helping raise awareness.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation is striving to foster greater understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. From 2000 to 2010, Starkey Hearing Foundation fit more than 500,000 hearing aids to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. The Foundation has grown that commitment to more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit