Sunday, January 04, 2009

Starkey Hearing Foundation's Justin Osmond to speak at Palm Beach Series opener

For more information or tickets, call Felice Kronfeld at 586-3061.Palm Beach Daily News

Special to the Daily News

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Justin Osmond, the celebrity spokesman for Starkey Hearing Foundation, will attend the first of four events scheduled for the 2009 Palm Beach Series. As a hearing-impaired person, Osmond has a passion for the work the foundation does for those with hearing disabilities.

Osmond, the nephew of entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond, spends much of his time advocating for the hearing-impaired and programs that make their lives better.

The 2009 Palm Beach Series benefiting the Starkey Hearing Foundation will host four monthly dining experiences while celebrating its 22nd anniversary in the Palm Beaches.

Creative Dining — Beyond Expectations will feature four imaginative chefs with offerings that range from savory Mediterranean dishes to a bayou-inspired cocktail gathering paired with delicious wines.

Felice Kronfeld, chairwoman of the annual event, said she is excited about this year's dining selections and Osmond's involvement.

"Justin brings such a wonderful perspective to the work that is done at Starkey," she said. "He knows firsthand the struggles of the hearing-impaired, especially the children, and wants their world to be a better place."

Osmond will attend a gathering set for the Palm Beach home of Vi Werner and speak to the group about the opportunities provided by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

The soiree will conclude with an opportunity for guests to cross the street to the home of Shirley Fiteman and enjoy her contemporary art collection.

"We are very excited to add this element to the day," Kronfeld said. "It brings together enjoyment to all of the senses."

The kickoff dining experience, A Magnificent Treat, is set for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14, with Carol Katenberg of Café Coconut Catering demonstrating a selection of Mediterranean dishes at Werner's home. Poached salmon with corn pudding timbale and lemon curd tarts round out the menu.

For more information or tickets, call Felice Kronfeld at 586-3061.

1 comment:

Kelsey Jenkins said...

Hey Justin,
Thank you so much for the example you are of the pure love of Chirst. I work with high school students with Intellectual Disabilities in Salt Lake City, and I wanted to tell you about one young man in particular. This individual is from a samoan family and he was born with Down Syndrome. We recently found out that he also has some hearing loss as well. He brings a remarkable example of forgiveness, courage, and unconditional love to my life. This sixteen year old boy teaches lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom and he has taught me more than I can ever teach him. You have been an example to others the way this young man has been to me and I am honored to live in a time to see your light and example penetrate the souls of other people. I want to thank you for the example you are and for your unwaivering faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. My brother will be coming home from his mission this week and I pray that he may live in the service of Heavenly Father just as you have. Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you and your family through your service.