Celebrities from near and far are in Minnesota this weekend for the Starkey Hearing Foundation's annual gala, which raises millions to help provide hearing aids to thousands of people in need around the world.
The St. Paul RiverCentre rolled out the red carpet for the star-studded “So The World May Hear Awards Gala" Sunday evening, with politicians, Hollywood A-listers, athletes and musicians attending.
The guests began arriving around 5 p.m. Sunday, sending social media users into a frenzy.
At this year's gala, Katy Perry and Matt Nathanson are performing, and special guests include former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, both of whom have been involved with the foundation's global hearing initiatives.
Bush and other humanitarians are being honored at the event for their continued efforts to help change the world, the foundation says.
But it's not just one night of festivities. The annual gala weekend kicked off Friday with a golf tournament at the Wilds in Prior Lake, which drew several celebrities including Evander Holyfield, Cheech Marin and Larry Fitzgerald, FOX 9 reports.
Starkey events continued Saturday with a fun run in Eden Prairie, FOX 9 notes.
MPR News explained the unique relationship between the foundation and these celebrities, noting the foundation often pays for celebrity appearances or donates funds or hearing aids to celebrities' foundations and in return, the celebrity appearances help Starkey spread the word on what they do.
Roughly 1,600 people attended Sunday's gala, the foundation's website notes. And it's not cheap to attend – this year, event sponsors were asked to give $250,000, and individual seats ranged in price from $1,500 to $5,000.
The 2015 gala brought in more than $9 million, the foundation tweeted Sunday evening.