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Virtual Carousel of Hope 2020

Oct 10, 2020

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BIG-NAME CELEBRITIES JOIN THE VIRTUAL 34TH ANNUAL CAROUSEL OF HOPE TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BARBARA DAVIS CENTER AND BARBARA DAVIS’ 90TH BIRTHDAY

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and Barbara Davis’ 90th birthday at the virtual 34th Annual Carousel of Hope on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. MST. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, celebrity entertainment, and music from legendary performers. The free, online event will stream exclusively on PEOPLE.com, PeopleTV, PEOPLE social platforms, and PEOPLE YouTube. Proceeds raised through event sponsorships, donations, and silent auction benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

This year’s virtual Carousel of Hope is led by Jay Leno as master of ceremonies, David Foster as music director, and Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as music chairmen. The event is produced and directed by Erich Bergen and Marc Johnston, with George Schlatter as honorary producer. This can’t-miss, star-studded evening is packed with once-in-a-lifetime performances and appearances by icons including 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, and Henry Winkler.

Silent auction items include luxury resort stays and hotel packages, high end skin care, beauty products, and home goods, men’s and women’s wear, children’s products, glider rides and flight school, wine, jewelry, and more. Auction donations come from a variety of companies including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita Mexico, Hafner Vineyard, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Planet Blue, Criquet, Journeys Aviation, Mile High Gliding, PRP Wine International, and many more.

Chairman and host, 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 this 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!”

Dana Davis, the event’s co-chairman, adds, “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.”

Since its inception in 1978, Carousel of Hope has raised over $110 million dollars to find a cure for diabetes. The iconic event has always been a Hollywood favorite between entertainers, athletes, and business leaders, dedicated to raising awareness and finding a cure. During the most recent Carousel of Hope in 2018, Robert De Niro was honored with the ‘Brass Ring Award’ and attendees enjoyed performances by Gladys Knight, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and David Foster. That year 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.

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes provides state-of-the-art clinical diabetes care to children, adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, and 40,000 people receive a type 1 diagnosis each year in the United States. The Barbara Davis Center cares for 80% of children with diabetes in Colorado and 2,000 adults within the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as receiving national and international referrals. The Center also supports substantial clinical and basic research programs to prevent, and ultimately cure, this chronic life-threatening disease. Clinicians, clinical researchers, and basic biomedical scientists also collaborate at the Barbara Davis Center to find the most effective treatment, prevention, and cure for type 1 diabetes.

The 2020 Annual Carousel of Hope is supported by generous sponsors including Dexcom, the W.M. Keck Foundation, Marlyn & Robert Day, and The Beverly Hilton.

For more information about the 34th Annual Carousel of Hope, and to reserve your free virtual spot, visit https://www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/event/2020carouselofhope/

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