As Saturday night’s big honoree, George Clooney must have known what was in store for him as he joined Barbara Davis and all her friends at the 2012 Carousel of Hope Ball. In the VIP room of the Beverly Hilton, Clooney passed on the flowing Moet & Chandon champagne as he glad-handed at the massive meet and greet, with girlfriend Stacy Keibler at his side.
“Look for me later,” he quipped. “I’ll be the really drunk one.”
Cut to the finale of the biannual event, and there he was, drinking red wine out of the bottle after accepting his Brass Ring Award. That was his Dutch courage as headliner Neil Diamond forced him to sing along to “Sweet Caroline,” right from the center of the ballroom at the large rectangular “power” table.
And powerful it was, as all of Davis’ pals continue to support her after 35 years of this party, put on to fund her children’s hospital in Denver and the research to help eradicate juvenile diabetes. Clive Davis, Sidney Poitier, Shirley MacLaine, Berry Gordy, Jane Fonda, Jerry Weintraub, George Schlatter and Quincy Jones all made that top table, as did Jay Leno, who hosted the show. David Foster brought the musical performers, including “American Idol” favorite Jessica Sanchez, Kenny “Babyface” Edmunds and Diamond.
Also joining in the revelry were Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Medavoy, Bryan Lourd, Jim Gianopulos, Sumner Redstone, Arnold Kopelson, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly. And scattered throughout the room were the gorgeous younger set, like Julianne Hough, Daisy Fuentes, Carmen Electra, Lauren C. Mayhew, Sasha Alexander and Carrie Ann Inaba.
But it was Gene Simmons of Kiss who coughed up the big bucks, bidding thousands for a wedding trip to the St. Regis Bora Bora, complete with a couture dress included, despite the fact that wife Shannon Tweed was sitting beside him. Needless to say, Clooney kept his hands firmly in his lap during that auction.