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That’s Shoe Biz

The gorgeous set of gams on the post card caught my eye –but Selma pointed out the name alongside ’em, in the highstepping shoes, was “Dana Davis.” We wondered if the card was indeed from the daughter of (the late) Marvin Davis and wife Barbara, with whom we had crossed paths dozens of times at many Davis charitable, social and show-biz functions. The reverse side of the postcard announced “the debut of Dana Davis, a revolutionary new footwear collection that melds luxury styling with innovative and invisible comfort technology.” A phone call to an enthusiastic Barbara Davis revealed it was indeed her daughter entering the fashion world — and more.

Over the years at the Davis’ “Carousel Ball” to raise funds of support in the battle against juvenile diabetes, Barbara would relate the revelation that tiny daughter Dana had diabetes. “When I told Marvin that our little girl, Dana, 7, had developed diabetes, he just said, ‘Fix it!'” And indeed Barbara set out to “fix it.” The Davises’ hospital and research center for Diabetes in Denver have been a healthy haven for thousands over the years. And despite the fact Dana suffered the loss of a toe,.she was determined to create beautiful and workable shoes, “with a correct last,” her mom told me. And now the proof is in her line of shoes described as “a high fashion revolution in footwear.” Log on to www.danadavis.com to view the shoemanship.

Barbara Davis told me there will not be a Carousel Ball this year — it returns in 2010 with Oprah. But Denver, where it all began, will hold its “High Hopes Dinner” Sept. 26 with guests including the Jonas Brothers — one of whom is no stranger to diabetes.

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