The Star-Studded Charity Ball to Be Held
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton
(Los Angeles, CA, September 26, 2016) – Event chair and host Barbara Davis announced today that award- winning musical artists Jamie Foxx and Idina Menzel are slated to perform at this year’s Carousel of Hope Ball, taking place on Saturday, October 8. They join previously announced honorees Sir Sidney Poitier, who will be presented with the “Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award,” and “Brass Ring Award” recipients Jane Fonda, David Foster, and Sherry Lansing. Denzel Washington, Anjelica Huston, Quincy Jones, and Carole Bayer Sager will take the stage as presenters, with Sharon Stone as auctioneer. The black tie event wouldn’t be the same without the talented Jay Leno, who will reprise his role as Master of Ceremonies for a show produced by another longtime friend of the organization, the always brilliant George Schlatter. Legendary producer David Foster returns as Music Director for the ball, while musical icons Clive Davis and Quincy Jones serve as Music Chairmen. The biennial event is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes, and raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center.
An Academy Award winning actor, talented Grammy Award winning musical artist, and a comedian, Jamie Foxx is one of Hollywood’s rare elite multi-faceted performers. Most recently, Foxx starred in “Annie” for Sony Pictures, and in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Other recent film credits include Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed “Django Unchained,” as well as Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.” He will next appear in “Sleepless” for Open Road Films opposite Michelle Monaghan in February 2017, followed by Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated action thriller, “Baby Driver,” in March 2017. In addition to his outstanding work in film, Foxx has also achieved a thriving career in music. His fifth studio album, “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses” dropped in May 2015. His fourth album, “Best Night of My Life,” featured Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, T.I., and other artists at the top of their game. In January 2010, Foxx and T-Pain’s record breaking #1 song “Blame It” off of his album, “Intuition,” won “Best R&B performance by a duo/group with vocals” at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, became an instant international phenomenon, winning the Oscar® for Best Original Song – where Menzel performed it at the ceremony – and the Grammy® Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The track reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Menzel the first artist with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums: Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, and her forthcoming album idina., released by Warner Bros Records. Menzel is currently filming Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches,” where she portrays the role of CC, which was made famous by Bette Midler. Other recent film credits include Disney’s “Enchanted,” Chris Columbus’ “Rent,” and Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust.” Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel first reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl in the blockbuster “Wicked” and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winning “Rent.” Menzel was most recently seen on Broadway in the original production “If/Then,” for which she earned her third Tony nomination. Her international concert tour has included sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall & Radio City Music Hall, and a New Year’s Eve 2012 performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
This year marks the 30th Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. The 2016 ball will be a “Celebration of Hollywood,” and its essential components of 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. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.
The 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball is 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.
Additional sponsors include 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.
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ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S DIABETES FOUNDATION
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 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.
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