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Fraser Gala - Paul Peterson Orchestra

Hilton Downtown Mpls, 1001 S Marquette Ave, Mpls, MN

Providing life-changing services to individuals with special needs at all stages of life - from the first steps of infancy, to navigating teen years, to maintaining independence in later years of life. With such a wide array of services, there is truly no place like Fraser.

Starkey Gala - Paul Peterson Orchestra

River Center, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St Paul MN

So The World May Hear

We are so proud to have been a part of this wonderful gala from the very beginning.

On July 17, the 16th So The World May Hear Awards Gala reflected the international, national, and local advancements made possible by the generosity of gala guests and partners who raised a record-breaking amount for Starkey Hearing Foundation in 2016.

This year marked 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 is also expanding 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.

This year’s gala honorees included 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, was celebrated for making PACER a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities. Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Right Honourable Tony Blair was honored for philanthropic achievements in advancing Africa’s future.

In Starkey tradition, this year’s gala featured a stellar line-up of special guests and entertainers. Jay Leno had crowd rolling in laughter. The Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, rocked the ballroom. Award-winning country duo Maddie & Tae played some of their best hits. The Tenors serenaded the audience. American Idol winner Trent Harmon spun classics and singer-songwriter John Mellencamp wrapped up the show with a few crowd favorites.

Our sincere thank you to everyone involved for this record-breaking night that will help us give the gift of hearing to more people around the world.

Matter More Gala, featuring the Paul Peterson Orchestra

Hilton Hotel Downtown Minneapolis, 1001 S Marquette Ave, , Minneapolis, MN 55403

The 10 piece Paul Peterson Orchestra is honored to be playing for Matter More's annual fundraiser, featuring Portia Clark. Come celebrate the work of Matter and help expand access to health and food, next door and around the world. The Paul Peterson Orchestra will also be playing an hour long dance set, featuring St Paul, Patty Peterson, Jeanne Taylor and Jason Peterson DeLaire. Come celebrate the work of Matter and help expand access to health and food, next door and around the world. Cash bar, live music, multimedia exhibition, experiential stories, live and silent auction. Black tie optional, valet available.

Fraser Gala, featuring the Paul Peterson Orchestra

Hilton Hotel Downtown Minneapolis, 1001 S Marquette Ave, , Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Paul Peterson 10 Piece Orchestra plays for this incredible organizations fundraiser, with special guest Kat Perkins. In 1935, Louise Whitbeck Fraser opened a school in her home for local children with disabilities. With the encouragement and support of many grateful parents, she pioneered special education in Minnesota and gained national acclaim for her innovative teaching methods and the remarkable achievements of her students. 2015 is a special year for Fraser as it marks our 80th Anniversary! Today Fraser serves children, adults and families affected by over 60 different physical and developmental disabilities. Your sponsorship of the 2015 Fraser Annual Benefit will allow us to continue the legacy that Mrs. Fraser started so many years ago.

Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala

St Paul River Centre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN

This is the 15th year that the Paul Peterson Orchestra has been involved with the Starkey Hearing Gala. World leaders, celebrities, athletes and musicians from around the world came to St. Paul, Minnesota to support and celebrate the 15th annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala, which raised more than $9 million to support the Foundation's work around the world.

2015 honorees included, President George W. Bush, Delta Zeta Sorority and No Limits. The audience enjoyed incredible performances from Matt Nathanson, 2CELLOS, Portia Clark, Jessica Sanchez, Gene Simmons and Katy Perry. Bill Austin and President Bill Clinton inspired guests with motivating speeches about the power of caring. Verne Troyer, Quinton Aaron and Lou Ferrigno, Evander Holyfield, Derrick Coleman, Greg Jennings, Serge Ibaka, Dascha Polanco and Terrell Owens were just a few of the dozens of celebrities in attendance.

Executive Director of Delta Zeta Sorority Cindy Menges spoke about the importance of the partnership between Delta Zeta and the Foundation and discussed their pledge to donate $5 million to the Foundation over the next five years. President Bush was honored for the philanthropic work of the Bush Institute and shared about his experience giving the gift of hearing in Tanzania. Michelle Christie, executive director of No Limits, spoke about the new partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation to bring speech therapy to children in need in Kenya and around the world.

Gene Simmons kicked off the live auction by pledging $250,000 to support the Foundation’s work, helping push us to a record-breaking year. Adding to the inspiration, President Clinton spoke about the importance of making a better tomorrow and praised Bill Austin for empowering people around the world to achieve their full potential.

Ending the evening with a bang was pop superstar Katy Perry who performed five songs and brought the crowd to their feet. It was an amazing night, showcasing the power of reflected caring.