Dean Russell was honoured to attend 'The Starkey Hearing Foundation 'So The World May Hear Awards Gala' in Minneapolis USA.
Dean was kindly invited to attend the event by The Greg Secker Foundation following his involvement in charity missions last year in the Philippines, and took part in a mission to give the gift of hearing to underprivileged children so they could hear, and speak, for the first time.The fundraising gala was an all-star event where guests celebrated the influential work of The Starkey Hearing Foundation and help raise money for future missions around the world.
Dean was honoured to be a VIP for the event to celebrate and meet with prominent and diverse figures including former President Bill Clinton, actors Forest Whittaker and Billy Crystal, music legends Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and Paul Williams and sporting legends including Evander Holyfield and many more.
Dean Russell added:
"It was truly an inspiration to meet and mingle alongside the Starkey Hearing Foundation team, Bill & Tani Austin, former President Clinton and legends across film, television, music and sport during the weekend of the gala.The generosity of spirit on the evening was boundless, and to be amongst so many people - from all walks of life - working towards a common goal showcased the power of the human spirit. The message was loud and clear from all the speakers on the evening - especially Bill Austin - that we all have a duty to make a difference in the world. The stories from the evening proved that if we have a vision, however impossible it may seem, with the right motivation, inspiration and focus, then we can create the change we want to see in the world around us.I applaud Bill and Tani Austin on achieving so much with The Starkey Hearing Foundation, and for their boundless energy and focus which I have no doubt will mean they will continue to achieve even more miracles in the future."
The Starkey Foundation 'So The World May Hear' Awards Gala Guests
Grammy Award Winning Composer Paul Williams receiving honour on stage (with former President Bill Clinton watching from the audience)
The Starkey Foundation founder Bill Austin speaking on stage
Giving a powerful speech from stage, President Bill Clinton applauds Bill & Tani Austin, sharing “Starkey Hearing Foundation knows what they’re doing. It’s hard to find someone who has given as much as them. With your support, you can help turn children into blooming flowers in the desert. It’s about making the world less ‘us and them’ and more ‘us’.”
Dean Russell with Alice Cooper at the Gala event
Dean Russell with boxing legend Evander Holyfield at the pre-Gala event
For full details on the evening can be found here (https://www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/gala) with images from the gala here (http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/dw-ybkofsZt/2018+World+May+Hear+Awards+G…).