Finally, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has landed a cool, young, happening headliner for the Twin Cities' biggest charity gala. 

Katy Perry/ Photo by Charles Sykes, Invision/AP

Katy Perry/ Photo by Charles Sykes, Invision/AP


Katy Perry will headline Starkey's 15th annual So the World May Hear Gala on July 26 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. With money raised at the gala, the Eden Prairie-based organization provides hearing aids to children in Third World countries. A total of $8.7 million was raised last year, with Sammy Hagar topping the bill.

Past headliners have included Elton John, John Mellencamp and Garth Brooks. But Perry marks the first time Starkey has landed a hot current – and younger – star to headline. Granted, nothing was wrong with John Legend last summer when he was riding high with "All of Me" but he wasn't the headliner and he played only three tunes.

Plus, Perry, 30, has a bunch of big hits, including "Firework,” “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” And she climbed to a pinnacle of pop culture this year by performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

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