Minnesota Wild players Thomas Vanek, Ryan Carter and Nate Prosser are always VIP’s when they head into the Xcel Energy Center, but as VIP attendees at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 15th Annual “So the World May Hear” gala, next door at Saint Paul RiverCentre, they walked the red carpet instead of lacing up their skates.
The Wild teammates joined a star-studded cast of celebrities including the likes of pop star Katy Perry, Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Evander Holyfield, Lou Ferrigno and “Orange Is the New Black” star Dacha Polanco. The guest list included current and former athletes, musicians, actors and dignitaries who made the trip to Saint Paul for an evening that showcased the tremendous impact of reflecting, caring and sharing to the lives of others.
They also took part in celebrating the philanthropic efforts of attendee George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, who was among those recognized as an event Honoree.
Perry headlined the multiple musical performances of the evening and the Foundation continued its approach of using hearing as a vehicle to change lives around the world.
Learn more about the Starkey Hearing Foundation