A singer loses her hearing as a teenager, and then a decade later tours the world to perform her original songs and share her story of perseverance.
Mandy Harvey, an "America's Got Talent" Golden Buzzer winner on TV a couple of seasons ago, brings her inspirational talent to the Peninsula to raise money to help under-served and under-insured patients obtain hearing health care.
On Wednesday, July 24, Harvey will sing and play the ukulele at the Pacific Hearing Connection's benefit at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with wine, cheese and a silent auction.
Audiologists at Pacific Hearing Service in Menlo Park and Los Altos started the nonprofit Pacific Hearing Connection in 2016. Since then they have screened and/or treated hundreds of people on a reduced-fee or sliding-scale basis. In exchange patients are asked to give back to their communities by volunteering somewhere.
Co-founder Jane Baxter says the idea is to "give them a hand up, not a hand out."
Patients range in age from 5 to 92, and are originally from Afghanistan, Japan, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Russia, as well as the Bay Area.
The nonprofit collects used hearing aides to provide to some patients, but primarily depends on donations, grants and corporate sponsorships.
Benefit tickets are on sale online, at Pacific Hearing Service, and by calling (800) 838-3006. Tickets start at $60.
Go to the Pacific Hearing Connection website for more information about the nonprofit.