Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 – 9:39 PM
Oct. 6 at The Beverly Hilton should be a special evening. That’s when the Carousel of Hope Ball will be held to benefit The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and Children’s Diabetes Foundation.
To kick off the event, a party was held at the Palm Restaurant on Cañon Drive, co-hosted by Barbara Davis and the restaurant’s owner, Bruce Bozzi, Jr. Barbara did the welcoming chores and said how excited everyone is that not only that Jay Leno will serve again as that evening’s emcee, but that the honoree will be Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro, who is a longtime supporter of the cause. He will receive the Brass Ring Award for this and his other humanitarian efforts.
David Foster will be the ball’s musical director, with Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as musical co-chairmen, George Schlatter as producer, and Sharon Stone, DeNiro’s co-star in the film Casino, as auctioneer.
We also heard from Dr. Lori Sussel, who gave us an update on the Barbara Davis Center and its great work on bringing us one step closer to finding a cure for diabetes.
Barbara thanked Bruce for the incredible food (shrimp, lobster, lamb chops, hamburgers, crab cakes) dished out that night at his restaurant. You get the idea…I feared getting on the scale for several days afterwards.
This year marks the iconic event’s 32nd anniversary. Barbara Davis is its chairman while her daughter Dana will be co-chair. Sponsors are American Airlines, Tina and Rick Caruso, Marlyn and Robert Day, and Dexcom.
Since its inception, the Carousel of Hope Ball has raised more than $100 million for the fight against diabetes, a disease which affects more than 30 million people in the United States.
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Jack and Maggy Simon opened their posh Doheny Road estate to host a cocktail reception honoring world-renowned artist Jane Wooster Scott before departure for her summer home in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Among those on hand were Ben and Ruth Finkman-Marandy, Stanley Black with Joan Ashton, Constance Towers-Gavin, Gary Malouf with Julie Farb, Betsy Applebaum, Linda Goldman, Roberta Haft with Howard Rosoff, Mike and Virginia Kazanjian, Edye Rugolo, Juli Hutner, Jack and Cindy Jones, Dr. Brad and Jaclyn (Smith) Allen, Kameron Seagren, Noreen (Nash) Whitmore with Dr. Earle Crandall, Betty Hollingsworth, and Nancy Bergin.
Still more were the honoree’s son, Vernon Scott with Mary McLaglen; the host’s cousin, the Courier’s Janet Salter, and his son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Marinette Simon; plus Ellen and Alan Lowy, Kim White Peterson, Rubin and Elinor Turner, Dr. Martin and Rosalind Zane Thomas and Judy Beckmen, Don and Nancy de Brier, and Ruth Crooker.
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The Children’s Burn Foundation has received a grant of $500,000 from the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation. The organization’s Full Recovery Fund will be renamed The Dr. Richard Grossman Full Recovery Fund for the next decade. It will provide advanced medical treatments, emergency financial assistance, and psycho-social services.
The Children’s Burn Foundation, co-founded in 1985 by Dr. Grossman and the late TV star McLean Stevenson, also has a comprehensive educational outreach to “stop the burns before they start” through fire safety and burn prevention programs, yearly impacting more than 71,000 children and families.