Carousel of Hope Ball
The event: Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar bestowed the Brass Ring Award on NBA superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson at the Oct. 11 Carousel of Hope Ball. Hosted by Barbara Davis, and presented by Mercedes Benz, the biannual black-tie gala raised funds for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.
The crowd: Emcee Jay Leno called himself “the least famous person in the room,” and indeed, the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom was packed with music icons, such as Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, songwriter Diane Warren and Motown founder Berry Gordy; comedy greats Kathy Griffin and Jon Lovitz; actors, business leaders and others, including Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Bellamy Young, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins, Kelly Lynch, Larry King, Nigel Lythgoe and Kat Dennings. David Foster served as music director, George Schlatter as producer, and Quincy Jones and Clive Davis as music chairs.
The entertainment: “You know what I love? It’s 10:30 and the room is still full,” said Foster. “Now for L.A., that’s some kind of record.” …
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As a side note: Considering the caliber of the gala’s music co-chairs and music director, it is not surprising that guests remained in their seats until the last note was sung. This gala featured three singers at the top of their game, each of them delivering a brilliant set.
Josh Groban sang four tunes, including “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods,” and “Not While I’m Around” from “Sweeney Todd,” followed by a staggeringly beautiful “You Raise Me Up,” which he dedicated to Magic Johnson.
Jennifer Hudson’s belted out a powerful “And I’m Telling You” from “Dreamgirls,” before closing with a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah.”
Top photo: Magic Johnson gave a touching speech, as he accepted the Brass Ring Award at the Carousel of Hope Ball (photo, Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages/ courtesy of the Carousel of Hope)
Second photo: Jennifer Hudson with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the Carousel of Hope Ball (photo, Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages/ courtesy of the Carousel of Hope)
Third photo: Josh Groban, who has been performing at the Carousel of Hope Ball since his teen years (photo, Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages/ courtesy of the Carousel of Hope)
Fourth photo: Two music legends: Johnny Mathis, left, and Barry Manilow at the Carousel of Hope Ball (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)
Fifth photo: Kathy Griffin poses beside a model of a Mercedes Benz at the Carousel of Hope Ball (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)
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Published Oct. 14, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA