Chairman: Mrs. Barbara Davis Co-Chairman: Ms. Dana Davis Master of Ceremonies: Jay Leno Music Director: David Foster Music Chairmen: Clive Davis & Quincy Jones Produced and Directed by: Erich Bergen & Marc Johnston Honorary Producer: George Schlatter
An Evening With: Burt Bacharach Carole Bayer Sager Tony Bennett Andrea Bocelli George Clooney Dame Joan Collins Clive Davis Robert De Niro Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds Jane Fonda David Geffen Josh Groban Samuel L. Jackson Gladys Knight Rob Lowe Nigel Lythgoe Judge Judy Sheindlin Usher Diane Warren Dionne Warwick Henry Winkler and more!
Join the Children’s Diabetes Foundation online as the 34th Annual Carousel of Hope goes virtual for the first time! We have all faced new and difficult challenges this year, so with the well-being of our guests in mind, we have made the decision to host this special event online so you can enjoy it from the comfort and safety of home. This year, we will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center and Barbara Davis’s 90th birthday!
Stay tuned to see what special guests and performers we have in store for this special night.
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The Carousel of Hope is traditionally held every two years in Los Angeles, CA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. From its inception in 1978, this event has raised over $110 million dollars towards finding a cure for diabetes. With Chairman Barbara Davis and her committee, this star-studded event raises funds through sponsorships, a live and silent auction, underwriting and contributions.
Proceeds of the event benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.
Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Beyoncé, Sir Elton John, Sting, The Bee Gees, Ricky Martin, Smokey Robinson,Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, Josh Groban, Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Michael Caine, Gladys Knight,Akon, Barry Manilow,Don Rickles, Larry King, Plácido Domingo, Natalie Cole, Katharine McPhee, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Diana Ross, Jonas Brothers, B.B. King, Chris Mann, Toni Braxton, Charise, Earth Wind and Fire, Faith Hill, Melissa Manchester,Michael Bolton,Kenny Rogers, Phil Collins, Charlotte Church, Renee Olstead, Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz
PAST HONOREES INCLUDE:
Robert De Niro, Maria Shriver, Sir Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Clive Davis,Barbara Davis, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady Betty Ford, President Gerald R. Ford, Earvin “Magic” Johnson,Kenny Rogers, The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, Bob Hope, John and Paige Elway, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Lucille Ball, Merv Griffin, Sherri Shepherd, David Foster, Jane Fonda, Sherry Lansing, Natalie Cole, and more
PAST PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
President Ronald Reagan, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Sharon Stone, Shirley MacLaine, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marvin Davis, Anjelica Huston, Carole Bayer Sager, Quincy Jones, Carole Bayer Sager, Anjelica Huston, David Foster, and more
Speaking on the event, Barbara Davis, said, “We are looking forward to hosting another sensational event, and bringing together our Carousel of Hope family to raise awareness and funds to fight his life-altering disease. We could not be more proud to commemorate 40 years of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the revolutionary work being done to care for those in need!”
Added Dana Davis, “While the event will certainly look different this year, and we are saddened that we can’t all be together, we know it will still be the kind of extraordinary and memorable evening that Carousel of Hope has delivered for many years! We are so proud to be working with our longtime friends and collaborators, and some inspired new talent, in order to bring this historic event into the virtual world.”
As previously announced, this year’s event will feature Jay Leno as master of ceremonies, David Foster as music director, George Schlatter as honorary producer, and Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as music chairmen. The event will be produced and directed by Erich Bergen and Marc Johnston. 2020 marks the 34th Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy a silent auction, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by BizBash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed. For additional information about the 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball, and to reserve a virtual spot, visit: carouselofhope.org.
The most recent Carousel of Hope Ball, hosted in 2018, honored Robert De Niro with the “Brass Ring Award” and featured show-stopping performances by legends Gladys Knight, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and David Foster. The gala alone raised over $1.9 Million. Previous “Brass Ring Award” honorees include Frank Sinatra, Hillary Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, Sir Sidney Poitier, David Foster, Halle Berry, Sherry Lansing and many more.
Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment, sports, and business industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel Balls have raised more than $105 million to date, with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Funds are raised through sponsorships, silent auction, and contributions.
The 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by Dexcom, Marlyn and Robert Day, and The Beverly Hilton.
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