Star-Studded Gala at 36th Carousel of Hope Ball

Diane Keaton
Howie Mandel with the legendary Barbara Davis

Diane Keaton Honored at the 36th Carousel of Hope Ball

Last weekend, event chair Barbara Davis and co-chair Dana Davis hosted the 36th Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, October 8 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). It brought together leaders from the film, television, music and business industries to support increasing awareness for diabetes and raise funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Celebrating all the remarkable things the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes has accomplished towards diabetes care, as well as the exciting research and influential moments the Barbara Davis Center has been a part of since 1978.

Howie Mendel

Emcee Howie Mandel kicked things off, welcoming guests to the ball before he introduced a video message from Barbara Davis. In closing out her remarks, Davis said, “Type 1 diabetes, you’re gone. It won’t be long before everybody’s healed,” which was met with cheers from guests. 

Loretta Devine and Diane Keaton

Emmy award-winner Loretta Devine took to the stage to present the “Brass Ring Award” to legendary actor Diane Keaton for her philanthropic commitments to the community and continued support of the cause. The award was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. Recipients of the award exemplify the dedication and strength that brings the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure. In accepting the award, Keaton said, “I’m surprised and humbled to be the recipient of this important award, which represents a very urgent and universal cause in the world today and the pioneering work of Barbara Davis.

Andy Grammer

Patrons of the evening were treated to show-stopping performances by John Legend, Andy Grammer and Deborah Cox. Each performance showcased an allure that matched the overall theme of the Ball. Multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer kicked off the evening’s musical performances with his hit songs “Keep Your Head Up” and “Honey, I’m Good.” Award-winning recording artist Deborah Cox took to the stage next to sing “Happy Birthday” to Barbara Davis for her 92nd birthday and to perform “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” among other hits. EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, and multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend closed out the night with inspiring performances of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “All of Me,” “Ordinary People,” and “Dancing In the Dark.”

John Legend performs onstage during the 2022 Carousel of Hope Ball

Overall, it was an event that helped a lot of people in the process, giving towards a movement that affects over 463 million people. Each year, approximately 64,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, approximately 30,000 are children. It was great for everyone to participate in this year’s Ball, with donors and celebrities unionizing with one another for a cause that is worth fighting for.

Additional special guests at this year’s event included Ed Begley Jr., Amanda Booth, Jamie Brewer, Shannon Dang, Janice Dickinson, Julie Ann Emery, Josh Flagg, Berry Gordy, Kathy & Rick Hilton, Dr. Robert Huizenga, Jimmy Jam, Charlie Kimball, Nigel Lythgoe, Krys Marshall, AnnaLynne McCord, Lyndon Smith, Daniel Sunjata, Linda Thompson, Ann Turkel, Richard Weitz, and many more.

More Information

The 2022 Carousel of Hope Ball was presented by Dexcom, with additional sponsorship support generously provided by American Airlines, the Official Airline of The Carousel of Hope, The Beverly Hilton, Marlyn & Robert Day, and Variety. The event’s veteran production team also included Clive Davis, George Schlatter, and Quincy Jones.


The Children’s Diabetes Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, focusing on patient support, diabetes research, and public awareness. The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, located in Aurora, CO, was established more than 40 years ago by Barbara and Marvin Davis after their daughter, Dana, developed diabetes at the age of seven. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the support of research in diabetes and to providing the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and its world-renowned research programs, where thousands of patients with type 1 diabetes, children and adults alike, receive the finest diabetes care available. Thanks to the generous funding provided to the Center, all patients are welcome, regardless of their financial means.

For the latest news and information regarding the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, be sure to follow on social media and join the conversation using #CarouselOfHope. 

Facebook: Childrens Diabetes Foundation 

Twitter: CDFdiabetes 

Instagram: CDFdiabetes 

Pictures courtesy of Getty Images for Children’s Diab


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