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Carousel of Hope Gala Sets Date

The 26th annual event, slated for Oct. 20, will honor George Clooney and feature performances by Aretha Franklin and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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HOPE SPRINGS: The 26th Carousel of Hope gala is set to take place at the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills on Oct. 20. This year’s biennial event, presented by Mercedes-Benz, will honor George Clooney and feature performances by Aretha Franklin and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. In its 35 years, the event has raised more than $75 million for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Befitting of a true Hollywood production, Barbara Davis has pulled in Sir Michael Caine, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, Sumner Redstone, Les Moonves, Paul and Maurice Marciano, Jane Fonda, Berry Gordy, Richard Gere, David Geffen, Brad Grey, Scarlett Johansson, Raquel Welch, Maria Shriver, Tom Cruise, Goldie Hawn, Sir Sidney Poitier and Sir Elton John to serve on the event’s blue-ribbon committee, as well as Jay Leno as emcee, David Foster as music director and George Schlatter as producer.