September 30, 2010 08:20 AM by Candace Young
Now in it’s eighth season, and better than ever, Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC is graced by an ever-increasing number of generous celebrity guests and interesting personalities all pitching in to enhance the lives of those chosen for makeovers. One such personality, Bill Austin, founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation will appear in an upcoming episode. Read on for details…
Bill Austin, the founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, will appear in the upcoming episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition in which the team travels to Oregon to do upgrades at the Oregon School for the Deaf and their Nightmare Factory.
Bill, who, along with his wife, Tani, recently met former President Bill Clinton, forged a unique charity in Minnesota in which he uses Starkey Foundation funds to buy his own company’s hearing aids to distribute to children in need. The charity relies on celebrity endorsements, volunteers, and Bill’s own money to cover expenses.
The Starkey’s hosted a star-studded gala fundraiser this past summer which featured the likes of Bill Clinton, Steve Martin, Muhammad Ali, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (of America’s Got Talent). The gala, held at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, generated $7 million dollars for the foundation.
According to a recent article in the Star-Tribune, Bill Austin, whose mission is to give the gift of hearing to children around the world, will make an appearance on behalf of the Starkey Foundation on an upcoming Extreme Makeover Home Edition episode.
Word is, over 100 students from the Oregon School for the Deaf will visit Starkey Labs for hearing aid fittings and other activities, including meeting deaf celebrity personalities.
Bill Austin and his Starkey Foundation also contributed to an Extreme Makeover Home Edition in the past on an episode in 2006 which featured deaf parents.
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