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Nearing a Cure

| November 30, 2016 | Parties

Barbara Davis hosts a bevy of Hollywood’s elite for the 30th Carousel of Hope Ball.

Dedicated to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes, altruist Barbara Davis rallied an extensive network of Hollywood luminaries and power players for her biennial philanthropic fete. Comedian Jay Leno reprised his role as music director and master of ceremonies, while Denzel Washington, Anjelica Huston, Carole Bayer Sager and Quincy Jones presented coveted awards to honorees like Jane Fonda and Sir Sidney Poitier.

For 30 years, stars have lined the red carpet to support Davis in her search for a cure, and this year was no different. In addition to the incredible lineup of performers, the audience sparkled with faces including Vivica A. Fox, Morgan Freeman, Diane Warren and Raquel Welch.

While it was an evening of great moments—with musical numbers from Idina Menzel, Jamie Foxx and David Foster, and a rousing live auction led by Sharon Stone and Leno—the highlight of the night was Davis’ announcement that the FDA had officially approved the use of an artificial pancreas to treat diabetes. “This is the biggest advancement since the invention of insulin,” said the philanthropist, adding: “It takes an entire world to cure a disease.” ‒Kelsi Maree Borland


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