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Carousel of Hope Honors George Clooney

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Raises thousands of dollars to benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

By Lea Michelle Cash

Every year 1.5 million people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in America. This includes an alarming rate of 40 children per day diagnosed with diabetes as well. The disease strikes one in every three babies born today. Diabetes has doubled over the last 20 years, and is projected to double yet again by 2030.

Recently the founder, Barbara Davis, of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC) on the Anschutz Campus at the University of Colorado, held her annual spectacular fundraising affair in Beverly Hills to raise money for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Mrs. Davis states, “Every year 4,000,000 people around the globe lose their lives to diabetes and its complications of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. The disease remains the leading cause of amputation and new cases blindness.” Children from around the globe are benefiting from this organization as no child without the ability to pay is ever turned away.

It has been that way for 35 years, and the organization has raised over 80 million dollars for childhood diabetes research and treatment.

The special event titled “The Carousel of Hope” featured carousel horses stationed throughout the Beverly Hilton spacious lobbies. Hundreds of high ticket items like jewelry and vacation getaways were made available for auction to the highest bidder which assists the organization to raise thousands of dollars. Late night, talk show host Jay Leno was the master of ceremonies and auctioneer. The special event honored Academy Award winner, George Clooney for his outstanding global humanitarian efforts. He received the legendary “Brass Ring Award.” Clooney, the son of an anchorman is a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes. Shirley MacLaine presented the prestigious award to him.

Over 100 of the biggest stars in Hollywood attended the fundraising event, as they have for 35 years to support Barbara Davis, and to raise funds for children living with the diabetes. David Foster, the ultimate hitmaker was on hand and introduced talented artists like music icon Baby Face and American Idol 2nd runner up, Jessica Sanchez who delivered an amazing performance of Broadway musical Dreamgirls classic, “And I Am Telling You.”

Neil Diamond delivered a stellar performance featuring his legendary hits songs. Diamond’s career has stretch over 50 years, selling 128 million albums worldwide. At the close of his performance, Diamond encouraged Clooney to take the mic and the ballroom exploded into a sing along to “Sweet Caroline.”

The special charity event raised 2.5 million to fight the cause of ending diabetes in children.

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