Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal make surprise appearances at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul - Bring Me The News

Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal make surprise appearances at Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul

It certainly makes up for Lin-Manuel Miranda having to cancel.
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There was no Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala on Sunday, but those in attendance were treated to a couple of big-name surprises.

The "Hamilton" creator disappointed red carpet attendees when it was revealed a few days prior to the "So The World May Hear Awards Gala" that sudden scheduling conflicts meant he had to cancel his visit to the Twin Cities.

No matter, the Starkey Gala pulled off a couple of shocks for its audience, with former President Bill Clinton and Hollywood legend Billy Crystal taking to the stage.

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Clinton, who last attended the Starkey gala in 2015, gave a speech at Sunday's event, telling the crowd he was wearing his own set of Starkey hearing aids as he paid tribute to the global philanthropic work of the Twin Cities organization, the Pioneer Press reports.

"We are all here tonight because we figure we are better off building up a person then tearing him down," Clinton told the audience.

Crystal, meanwhile, took on a surprise role as celebrity auctioneer for the event, which every year raises millions of dollars for health program initiatives around the world.

Other celebrities at the event included Forest Whitaker, Sinbad, Don Felder and Alice Cooper.

Cooper told the audience his work delivering hearing aids along with fellow Hollywood Vampires bandmates – including Johnny Depp – was the main highlight of his trip to Rio De Janeiro in 2016, even though his band played before 150,000 fans at the Rock in Rio festival that same trip.

Minnesota celebrities in the audience including Vikings Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings, the latter of whom posted this picture of former president Clinton.

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