Faces: Celebrities gather in St. Paul for annual Starkey gala

  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 10:38 PM

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood took over the city of St. Paul when the Starkey Foundation hosted its “So the World May Hear Annual Awards Gala” on Sunday night. The red carpet at RiverCentre was filled with familiar faces. They are some of the same faces who clear their schedule every year so they can make the trip to Minnesota.

Ashton Kutcher, former President Bill Clinton, ­Sinbad and former Vikings running back Robert Smith joined many others for the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser.

Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk and has been profoundly hard of hearing since he was a child, is a long-time supporter and said the foundation does alot to take away the stigma of hearing loss. “It’s OK to be hard of hearing,” Ferrigno said. “It’s OK to have a hearing aid.”

Sinbad said he is very impressed with Starkey Foundation’s founder Bill Austin for what he does for people around the world. “This man is like the Superman of charities. Being involved, you hope some of it rubs off on you.”

Last year’s gala raised more than $7.6 million, which helps fit more than 100,000 hearing aids to children and adults every year.

Vineeta Sawkar

Two-headed turtle star at San Antonio zoo

A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. Zoo officials say the Texas cooter, named Thelma and Louise for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie, has been doing well. The turtle eats and swims, and added that the two heads — named Louise Left and Thelma Right — get along. The Facebook page on Sunday showed photos of the quirky reptile and imaginary conversations between the two heads. The turtle, which hatched June 18, is on display at the zoo’s aquarium.

 

nothing like newport: The Newport Folk Festival finished another year on Sunday with sets from Beck and the Lumineers, 54 years after the event was first held in Rhode Island’s city-by-the-sea. The venerable three-day festival had performances from nearly 50 bands. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows sold out five months early — the fastest that sales for the main two days of the festival have gone in the event’s history. The event has boasted a “Who’s Who” of stars since it began in 1959 and is known as the place where Bob Dylan went electric in 1965.

 

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