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No Invite? No Problem! THR Gives the Rundown on Saturday's Carousel of Hope Ball

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When the auction ends, guests move to the ballroom.

Inside, there are no decorating surprises. It's the Beverly Hilton ballroom in all its functional glory, but there is less moving around/schmoozing. Maybe it's because the crowd is as much oil industry (Marvin was big in oil) as it is entertainment industry (he did well with Fox, better with oil). Each group tends to stay within its own hermetically sealed, tribal unit.

The evening proceeds in the time-honored manner: Clive Davis intros Barbara Davis; a live auction of a Mercedes-Benz and round-the-world trips staying at St. Regis hotels; Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Akon, Gladys Knight and Jay Leno perform; Randy Jackson gives a humanitarian award to Quincy Jones; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson present the Brass Ring award to Maria Shriver.

During all this, dinner is served. With it comes an almost Islamic-level, equality-of-all-mankind moment: Everyone gets BevHilton banquet food. At least it's the chateaubriand.

On the way out the door, guests are given gift bags -- as in more than one. One year there were two rolling duffel bags a person. They're filled with more shampoo, conditioner, eye shadow, glitter eye shadow, puce glitter eye shadow, body cream conditioner and Ancient Egyptian-recipe body cream conditioner than you thought could exist.

The last step is the wait at the hotel's valet line. Most nights this can painfully long, but Davis gets the owners of the adjacent parking lot (who historically have not had the best relations with whoever owns the Beverly Hilton) to donate its use for the night.

Having once owned a studio, it would seem, is a good thing.