SIR SIDNEY POITIER, JANE FONDA, DAVID FOSTER, AND SHERRY LANSING HONORED AT THE 2016 CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL
THE STAR-STUDDED CHARITY BALL, HELD AT THE BEVERLY HILTON ON OCTOBER 8, 2016, INCLUDED MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY JAMIE FOXX AND IDINA MENZEL,PRESENTERS DENZEL WASHINGTON, ANJELICA HUSTON, QUINCY JONES, AND
CAROLE BAYER SAGER, MASTER OF CEREMONIES JAY LENO, AUCTIONEER SHARON STONE AND MORE
The Carousel of Hope Ball returned to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, October 8, for the landmark 30th edition of the event, hosted by event chair Barbara Davis. The 2016 ball was a “Celebration of Hollywood,” and its strength, power, and talent. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. The Carousel of Hope Ball has raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.
Longtime supporter and friend to the cause, Sir Sidney Poitier, was honored with the “Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award” at this year’s ball, an award that was inspired by his incredible legacy and the many lives he has touched. Denzel Washington presented him with the special award, introducing Poitier as “My hero, my mentor, my friend.”
Jane Fonda, David Foster, and Sherry Lansing each received a “Brass Ring Award” for their humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. Quincy Jones presented the award to Jane Fonda, Carole Bayer Sager honored David Foster, and Anjelica Huston presented to Sherry Lansing. The “Brass Ring Award” was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. Each of the “Brass Ring Award” recipients exemplifies the dedication and strength that brings the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure.
Award-winning artists Jamie Foxx and Idina Menzel treated guests to musical performances, with Menzel performing Wicked’s hit song “Defying Gravity,” and a song from her new album titled “Small World.” Jamie Foxx brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of “I Feel Good,” and had everyone dancing to “What’d I Say.” The final song of the night was a joint effort by stage-talent and guests alike, who came together to sing “Happy Birthday” to host Barbara Davis. A carousel-themed cake was brought out in her honor at the end of the night.
The black tie event wouldn’t have been the same without the talented Jay Leno, who had the crowd laughing all night as he reprised his role of Master of Ceremonies for a show produced by another longtime friend of the organization, the always brilliantGeorge Schlatter. Legendary producer David Foster returned as Music Director for the ball, while musical icons Clive Davis and Quincy Jones served as Music Chairmen. The incomparable Sharon Stone joined Jay Leno onstage as auctioneer for a memorable live auction experience that had guests bidding on items ranging from the ultimate mountain getaway in Aspen, to a luxurious trip to the St. Regis Dubai and the soon-to-be-opened St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Brenna Whitaker surprised the crowd with a soulful rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” joined by performers Ben Gulley and Rogelio Davis Jr. David Foster had another surprise in store for the crowd, when he pulled Quinton Aaron onstage for his impressive take on the classic song “Let’s Get It On.”
Additional guests in attendance included Lindsay Arnold, Garcelle Beauvais, Ed Begley, Jerry Bruckheimer, Francesca Capaldi, Kristin Cavallari, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilynn McCoo, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Carmen Electra, Vivica A. Fox, Berry Gordy, Kathy Griffin, Melanie Griffith, George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, G Hannelius, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina King, Apollonia Kotero, Nigel Lythgoe, Constance Marie, Maureen McCormick, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, Jimmy Jam, Stefanie Powers, Jillian Rose Reed, Don Rickles, Jane Seymour, Yara Shahidi, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Russell Simmons, Suzanne Somers, Alan Thicke, Lea Thompson, Ann Turkel, Diane Warren, Raquel Welch, Brenna Whitaker, RJ Word, and more.
The 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball was generously sponsored by Activision Blizzard, American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Robert Day, Dexcom, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Vista Equity Partners, The Coca-Cola Company, and The Walt Disney Company, the Kroenke Family & Los Angeles Rams Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Daly, GUESS Foundation, Parx Casino, CBS, Viacom & Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox, HBO and The Beverly Hilton.
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, located in Denver, CO, was established 38 years ago by Barbara and Marvin Davis after their daughter, Dana, developed diabetes at the age of seven. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the support of research in diabetes, and to providing the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and its world-renowned research programs, where thousands of patients with Type 1 Diabetes, children and adults alike, receive the finest diabetes care available. Thanks to the generous funding provided to the Center, all patients are welcome, regardless of their financial status. Expertscape has previously ranked the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes #1 in the United States for type 1 diabetes Mellitus Care.
The Barbara Davis Center continues to do cutting-edge research with technology and stem cells for a cure. In January 2016, Dr. Lori Sussel joined as the Director of Research at the Barbara Davis Center to investigate the possibility of turning stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, which are the root cause of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. This along with studies for the artificial/bionic pancreas will help children and adults with the disease achieve better blood results to avoid the complications of kidney disease, stroke, blindness, amputation, and heart disease.