The Biennial Charity Ball on Saturday, October 7, 2017 Featured Rock Legend Lenny Kravitz and Honored Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake
On Saturday, October 7, Gala Chair Dana Davis and Honorary Chairwoman Barbara Davis hosted The 31st Carousel Ball presented by Denver Area Mercedes-Benz Dealers, held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. With 1,000 attendees, the highly-anticipated event raised $1.65 million to support type 1 diabetes programs, care and research at the Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF) and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and a musical performance all while raising awareness and, ultimately, working to find a cure for diabetes. “Now more than ever, we need to increase awareness and understanding of diabetes to better the lives of people living with type 1,” said Executive Director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Gala Chair Dana Davis. “It is amazing to see the Denver community come together to support the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Together, we can make a real difference for the heroes who fight this disease every day. ”
To date, The 31 Carousel Balls have raised more than $100 million to help Barbara Davis Center research and to provide the best possible clinical and educational programs for children and adults with the disease. Each year, children with type 1 diabetes attend the event to answer questions and thank everyone for their support. When giving the prayer for the evening’s meal, 7 year old Keaton Isakson said, “As I look around the room and see all the nicely dressed people, I can’t help but feel hope. Hope that one day there WILL be a cure for type 1 diabetes.”
Highlights from this year’s event included a stellar performance from rock legend Lenny Kravitz, who hugged and shared the love with children with type 1 diabetes who go to the Barbara Davis Center as he was leaving the stage. Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake received a standing ovation when honored with the High Hopes Tribute Award in recognition of their tremendous commitment and passion for the Colorado community. The special appeal raised over $400K alone, breaking records for Denver’s Carousel Ball. During the live auction, attendees bid on items such as a Trice Jewelers custom bracelet (sold for $37,500) and an evening with Steven Tyler (sold for $70,000). Additionally, the record-setting silent auction included a Duke Beardsley original ($4,750), a Lenny Kravtiz Blue Caribbean Guitar ($6,700) and VIP tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres show ($7,500). The Entertainment Section was a huge hit with a whopping 612 total bids on all the items (no items were left in this category) and raised over $32K for the Foundation.
The 2017 Carousel Ball was presented by Mercedes-Benz of Denver, Mercedes-Benz of Loveland, Mercedes-Benz of Littleton and Mercedes-Benz of Westminster. Underwriting Sponsors were Rick and Tina Caruso – The Grove and Iris and Michael Smith. Supporting Sponsors included CBS, The Corley Legacy Foundation, The Crazy Merchant, Inc. & The WilMac Foundation, Dexcom, HBO, Walter & Christie Isenberg, Marty & Ole Jensen, Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Viacom & Paramount Pictures, and Chloe Wine Collection.
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ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S DIABETES FOUNDATION
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, located in Denver, CO, was established in 1977 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 status.
The Barbara Davis Center continues to do cutting-edge research with technology and stem cells for a cure. In 2016, Dr. Lori Sussel joined as the Director of Research at the Barbara Davis Center to investigate the possibility of turning stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, which are the root cause of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. This along with studies for the artificial/bionic pancreas will help children and adults with the disease achieve better blood results to avoid the complications of kidney disease, stroke, blindness, amputation, and heart disease.
For more information please visit: www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org