*The charity event of the year, the Carousel Of Hope Ball hit The Beverly Hilton Saturday October 6. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and we got to chat with some of the biggest names in the industry from Loretta Divine to Debbie Allen even Quincy Jones.
Long time friend George Schlatter produced the gala’s amazing night, which included performances by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster and Gladys Knight.
Jay Leno continued his role as the nights emcee with captivating jokes and even added the new title of Auctioneer this year. We can’t forget to mention legends Clive Davis and Quincy Jones came together as Music Chairmen for this star studded event.
Guest got to bid on exciting one of a kind items like a private meet and greet with Clive Davis in his NYC office, Serena Williams autographed racket, Lenny Kravitz autographed Gibson Flying V guitar, A meet and greet with Lionel Richie for 4 in Vegas, 3 night stay at Kahala Hotel and Resort in Honolulu and many more.
The true highlight of night was advocate supporter and philanthropist Robert De Niro being honored with the “Brass Ring Award” by longtime friend and collaborator David O. Russell. Past recipients of this sentimental award have been Hilary Clinton, Frank Sinatra, the late great Whitney Houston and Halle Berry. De Niro’s heart felt speech singing Barbara’s praises by saying …
“We’re all in her debt because she’s so nice, generous, and committed, but she doesn’t just throw money at the challenge of treating and beating type 1 diabetes. She puts her resources where they will do the most good. It’s informed philanthropy, not just about giving, but about getting it done!”
The epic biennial affair sponsored by American Airlines, The Beverly Hilton, Tina & Rick Caruso, Marlyn & Robert Day and Dexcom raised $1.9 million with a total of $100 million raised to date. Making this year’s black-tie gala another great success.
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