Stars come out for annual Starkey Foundation gala


The Twin Cities rolled out the red carpet Sunday evening for the 14th annual “So the World May Hear” awards gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Celebrities including Hillary Clinton, South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor Forest Whitaker and Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson were in attendance at the annual event, which raises funds to help the Starkey Hearing Foundation provide hearing aids to thousands of people in need around the world.

Clinton made a stop earlier Sunday at a bookstore in St. Paul, to sign copies of her newest memoir, "Hard Choices," for 1,100 people.

Here's a look at some of the celebs who came to the event; many were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived.

Marlee Matlin, the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in "Children of a Lesser God," was among the attendees. She tweeted this photo of her and Tutu at Saturday's VIP reception.

Tutu and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker are being honored at the gala Sunday for their humanitarian efforts.

This year's event also featured music by R&B star John Legend, Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas and rocker Sammy Hagar.

Last year’s event reportedly raised more than $8 million. Among those honored for their humanitarian efforts at last year’s gala were actor Ashton Kutcher and Sir Richard Branson. Past honorees also include former President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, according to the event's website.

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