Former President George W. Bush and pop star Katy Perry will headline this year's Starkey Hearing Foundation awards gala in St. Paul.
Bush will be honored for working with the foundation to give customized hearing devices to 222 people in Tanzania. Perry will provide entertainment, along with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, the Croatian cello duo 2Cellos and "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
The foundation's 15th annual "So the World May Hear" gala will be held July 26 at St. Paul RiverCentre.
The celebrity event raised nearly $9 million in 2014 to support hearing health programs and charitable initiatives around the world. Previous guests have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, singers Reba McEntire, Elton John and Gladys Knight, and tennis star Billie Jean King.
'Cheers' star Roger Rees dies
Roger Rees, the lanky Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby and later played English multimillionaire Robin Colcord on the TV show "Cheers," has died. He was 71. Rees died Friday night at his home in New York after a brief battle with cancer. He had abruptly left "The Visit" on Broadway in late May to undergo a medical procedure. "The world has lost a great actor, gentleman and soul," said Chita Rivera, Rees' co-star in "The Visit." "I have lost a beautiful new friend, one I was looking forward to spending exciting valuable time with." Rees played the snobbish Robin Colcord on TV's "Cheers" — he was known for his condescending remarks and rivalry with Sam Malone and for dating Rebecca Howe — and the British ambassador, Lord John Marbury, in "The West Wing." Other recent TV credits include "Elementary" and "The Good Wife."
Oklahoma takes Tiara: Olivia Jordan, 26, of Oklahoma won the 64th annual Miss USA contest Sunday, beating out 50 other women from states around the country and the District of Columbia. Ylianna Guerra, 22, of Texas was named first runner-up. This year's contest, held in Baton Rouge, La., had been largely overshadowed by comments made by pageant co-owner, real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose criticism of Mexican immigrants led to widespread fallout against his business dealings. Broadcasters dropped the pageant and a slew of celebrities dropped out, leaving officials scrambling for replacements. Trump was not present at the pageant.
Staff, wire reports