This past weekend, a star-studded crowd gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball gala to raise funds for clinical care and research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. The Carousel of Hope Ball, referred to by some guests as the “Oscars of Charity Galas,” maintained its philanthropic and lavish reputation on Saturday night (Oct.11) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
There were many Hollywood legends that came to the gala in support of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Starting the evening off with cocktails and a silent auction as stars—including Quincy Jones, Barry Manilow, Kat Dennings, Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Bellamy Young, Candace Cameron Bure, Karina Smirnoff, Larry King, Raquel Welch, and Suzanne Somers—mixed and mingled before Magic Johnson received the prestigious Brass Ring Award for his various humanitarian efforts. “The work that the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes is doing is amazing,” Johnson told press in attendance. “They’re saving a lot of people’s lives. It’s just a blessing.” The Barbara Davis Center For Diabetes currently provides care for over six thousand children and adults.
Guests were first greeted by a Mercedes-Benz that was parked on a miniature red carpet outside of the hotel. Attendees were able to bid on various Mercedes-Benz models during the silent auction portion of the event, which has helped raise more than $80 million for the foundation. Later, the attendees at the event enjoyed a delicious meal in the enchanting carousel-themed ballroom with white horse ornaments as well as the comedic stylings of the event’s host, Jay Leno, prior to the real the highlight—performances from Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. “If I could perform in a hoodie and Converse, I really, really would, but a tux is more suitable for this amazing event,” Groban says. “Tonight during my performance, I wanted to do a mix of stuff that I thought would be right for the message of the evening, which is to raise funds and awareness for this incredible cause.”
The guest of honor Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, recognized for making “Magic” on and off of the basketball court, was selected by his friend, Barbara Davis, to receive the “Brass Ring Award” for his various humanitarian efforts. “To be honored by your friend who is doing great work as well is amazing,” says the former Laker. “The job that she’s doing saving peoples lives is really important.”
It was definitely a family affair for the 6-foot-9 NBA Icon. Johnson was joined by his wife, Cookie, son E.J., and daughter Elisa. In spectacular style, EJ Johnson, hit the red carpet at the Ball snatched to ‘diva’ perfection. Wearing a normal blazer, he paired a tuxedo skirt with a very chic outwear alternative seasonable cape, with a tuxedo shirt, black trousers and loafers. He dazzled us with this simple yet sophisticated ensemble chosen for the black tie event. EJ looks healthy, happy and super fabulous. “I’m very excited,” says E.J. Johnson, who attended the star-studded gala for the first time. “He is always just receiving such amazing awards and we always love to come and support him.” Bravo EJ Johnson and congratulations to Earvin Magic Johnson.
The work that the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes is doing is amazing. They’re saving a lot of people’s lives. It’s just a blessing.
-Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
Was EJ’s red carpet ensemble a ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ fly? Check out the photos and video.
For more information on the Carousel of Hope and the organizations fight for Diabetes awareness links: http://www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/events/2014-carousel-of-hope-…
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