Jane Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Sherry Lansing, David Foster to Be Honored at Carousel of Hope Ball (Exclusive)
Jay Leno will emcee Barbara Davis' 30th annual fundraiser for childhood diabetes, which is set for Oct. 8 at the Beverly Hilton.
Jane Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Sherry Lansing and David Foster will be honored Oct. 8 at Barbara Davis’ 30th Carousel of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton. The gala will present longtime Carousel of Hope supporter Poitier with the Inspirational Lifetime Achievement award, while Fonda, Lansing and Foster will accept Brass Ring awards. Presenters include Denzel Washington, Anjelica Huston, Quincy Jones and Carole Bayer Sager, and Jay Leno and Foster will return as master of ceremonies and musical director, respectively. George Schlatter will return to produce the show while Quincy Jones and Clive Davis will return as the music chairmen. Davis will host a May 18 luncheon at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills to kick off the festivities. As always, proceeds go toward finding a cure for diabetes.
The biennial L.A. black-tie affair (held in Denver every other year) will be dubbed a "Celebration of Hollywood" as it celebrates its legendary honorees along with 30 years of drawing of A-list supporters (Hillary Clinton, Clive Davis, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Magic Johnson, Lionel Richie, Babyface and more) and raising over $100 million to date.
The ball has had its share of moments. George Clooney once joined Neil Diamond onstage to sing "Sweet Caroline," and Oprah once called for a doctor in the room after late L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed out (he later recovered, staying for the remainder of the event).
Davis and her late husband Marvin (former owner of 20th Century Fox) started the nonprofit Children's Diabetes Foundation for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes in Denver, Colo. after their daughter Dana was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as child. The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes has treated thousands of children and supported various research programs across the globe. Barbara's daughter Nancy also has a yearly Race to Erase MS gala, which raises money for research into multiple sclerosis (MS).
"The unwavering support we have received from the entertainment community over the years has been truly remarkable. From music to film to television and more, everyone has embraced our cause from day one,” said Barbara Davis. “Their kindness and generosity has helped bring us closer to a cure than ever before, and has made all the difference to me, to my daughter Dana, and to the 32 million Americans who suffer from diabetes. I want to thank everyone for riding the Carousel of Hope and reaching for that brass ring with us. Together, we will find a cure.”
A version of this story first appeared in the May 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.