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2012 So the World May Hear Gala Highlights

2012 So the World May Hear Gala Highlights


– Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2012 So the World
May Hear Awards Gala. – [singing]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh… – I am delighted to be back
at the Starkey Gala. – This is Glenn Frey’s guitar, which Steve Martin
assured me Glenn has owned
since early today. – Look on the back.
If it’s from the ’80s… [sniffs] Thank you.
– That’s good. All right, what should
we start the bidding? A million 5. – A million 5.
– A million 5 for the guitar. – That’s 4 Euros, for those
of you doing the exchange rate. – Please welcome world-renowned
vocal artist Wintley Phipps. – [singing]
Amazing grace How sweet the sound That saved a wretch
like me I once was lost But now I’m found Was blind
but now I see [applause] – Right now
it’s my pleasure to introduce, at the young age of 12, Jackie Evancho. – [singing in foreign language] [applause] – We would like
to introduce to you… – The first nominee,
John Johnson. John’s impact spanned the globe. He changed our world pursuing
his interest and passion: agriculture. – Driven by his personal motto that no child
should go to bed hungry, I am particularly proud that,
through his leadership role, my dad was able to do things like ship 200 tons
of flour products to war tour Afghanistan. And with that, John Johnson. [applause] – The good Lord
gave us two ears, which means we should listen
twice as much as we talk, and you have a special gift
by now making sure that more people
can use those two ears and hear. My passion was to make sure
no child went hungry. Bill, yours is,
make sure the world can hear. Let’s join efforts
and make that world. Congratulations.
Thank you. – Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome Michael Johns. – [singing]
Asking me will my love grow But I don’t know I don’t know Hey! I stick around,
now it may show But I don’t know I don’t know Oooh – When you talk about
Glenn and Mindy Stearns, you are talking about
an amazing couple. The joy of giving
is what it’s all about, and these two
are big-time givers. They serve
on 12 nonprofit boards. Economically, they’re strong. They’ve got success everywhere, but success to them
is giving back. Glenn and Mindy Stearns. [applause] – We had the honor of being
on a mission with Tani and Bill, and it was life-changing. Seeing a little girl in a seat putting a hearing aid in
for the first time and watching her eyes light up,
and then looking at her mother, and it’s just tears,
and you’re crying, and you’re celebrating. – The sound of my own child’s
voice is the sweetest sound. To give this gift to mothers that get to hear their children
for the first time what a gift, Bill and Tani,
you are giving to the world to mothers, to children. Thank you so much. – Please welcome an original
founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey. – [singing]
You know we got it easy We ought to take it easy Yeah Thanks, everybody. Thank you very much. Thank you. – Please welcome Steve Martin
and the Steep Canyon Rangers. [lively bluegrass music] – [singing]
I’m walking away – My best friends
all had warned me – I’m walking away – Even your mom
said you were nuts – In my dreams – You wear a red cape
and a pitchfork – I’m walking away Jubilation day [lively bluegrass music] [applause] – We have seen Maria Bello
take on larger-than-life roles. In the wake
of the 2010 earthquake, Maria opened clinics. She helped us
to get back on our feet. Today, We Advance helped
close to 30,000 people a year. Please welcome
Maria Bello on stage. – I’m really proud to be a part
of the Starkey family. I’ve known Tani
for a year and a half. The first time I met her
was their mission in Haiti, where I saw them fit
a five-year-old patient boy who had never spoken
and never heard, and the first
“bah, bah, bah” he said was looking into Tani’s
smiling face. Thank you. – Please welcome
Mr. Billy Ray Cyrus. – [singing]
You can tell my arms Go back into the farm Or you can tell my feet
to hit the floor Or you can tell my lips
to tell my fingertips They won’t be reaching out
for you no more Let me hear ya now. Don’t tell my heart My achy, breaky heart I just don’t think
he’d understand And if you tell my heart My achy, breaky heart He might blow up
and kill this man Oooh Yeah! Whoo! Yes! – Please welcome Okello Sam
and Forest Whitaker. [plucking playful tune] – [singing in foreign language] [applause] Thank you. – For decades,
Sister Rosemary openly defied the brutal violence of Joseph
Kony and his guerrilla army. Where Kony has decimated Uganda, Sister Rosemary has rebuilt it. More than 2,000 girls
who were kidnapped and orphaned by the LRA
have found refuge at St. Monica’s Tailoring
School in Uganda guided by Sister Rosemary. [applause] Please join me in welcoming
with honor, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. [applause] – Thank you very much
for this great honor which I’m receiving today. It is so humbling for me, because I know I cannot measure
up to what you do. In my society, the people
with hearing loss are put aside. They are the most
disadvantaged people. You are bringing hope. You are giving a great gift
to people. I thank you all. [applause] – The 42nd President
of the United States needs little introduction. Thank you.
Bye. [laughter] It is my pleasure
to introduce you to the honorable 42nd
President of the United States, and probably the best president
we’ve ever had in my life, William Jefferson Clinton. [applause] – Bill and Tani Austin, they’ve built this
hugely successful company and decided the real purpose
of their life was to empower other people
to live their lives. And now, every single year, they give the gift of hearing
to more than 100,000 people. I think somehow
falling into their orbit has been one of the single most
important things that has happened to me, one of the greatest gifts
I have received since I left the White House. Thank you for what you do
to give it to them. Bless you. [applause] – I have the distinct honor
of introducing our next person. Bill Austin has been a father
to me, a mentor, and role model. He’s taken us on our first
mission in 1997 to El Salvador. 15 years later and over
a million lives changed, you know that path
has led us here tonight. He’s one of the reasons
I am who I am today. Ladies and gentlemen,
Bill Austin. [applause] – I’m just honored to be in
a room with so many good people, so many good people. The best people I know
are the people right here. Together we have the strength to create the critical mass
necessary to change the world. We have to make
an investment in tomorrow, the investment in young people
that will be the future. Thank you for letting me
be with you. [applause] – Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome K’naan. – [singing]
It’s not far away But for now we say When I get older,
I will be stronger They’ll call me freedom
just like a wavin’ flag And then it goes back,
and then it goes back And then it goes back,
and then it goes When I get older,
I will be stronger They’ll call me freedom
just like a wavin’ flag And then it goes back,
and then it goes back And then it goes back Oh-oh-oh Thank you very much. [cheers and applause] I’m just gonna take a minute
and let it ride I’m just gonna take a minute
and let it breathe I’m just gonna take a minute
and let it breathe

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