Carousel of Hope will honor Jane Fonda, Sherry Lansing, Sidney Poitier and David Foster at the biennial gala this go-round, which co-founder Barbara Davis touted at Wednesday’s kick-off luncheon at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
“This year the Carousel Ball is going to be a celebration of Hollywood because this is where we are,” said Davis. “It will be a celebration of this city and what this city does.”
Industry A-listers have agreed to do their part to put on the popular benefit. The evening includes a dinner, silent and live auction and a musical arrangement from honoree Foster (for his 25th year in a row). Jay Leno is slated to be the emcee for the event and Sharon Stone is set to lead the auction.
Additionally, Denzel Washington will present Poitier with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Quincy Jones will give Fonda the Brass Ring Award, while Anjelica Huston will introduce Paramount’s former CEO Lansing as she receives her honor. Foster will accept his award from his writing partner Carole Bayer Sager.
The org’s kick-off luncheon had Dr. Robert Slover offer more information about the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, which benefits from the forthcoming star-studded evening of giving back. Among those in attendance were Melanie Griffith, Joanna Shimkus, Linda Thompson and a child patient of the aforementioned diabetes center.
The 30th Carousel Ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.