Ball raises awareness, money for diabetes

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Posted 9/23/17

Comedian and actor George Lopez will emcee and rock legend Lenny Kravitz will perform at this year's Carousel Ball, a biennial event that benefits the Children's Diabetes Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes and …

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Ball raises awareness, money for diabetes

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Comedian and actor George Lopez will emcee and rock legend Lenny Kravitz will perform at this year's Carousel Ball, a biennial event that benefits the Children's Diabetes Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes and raising money for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

This year marks the 31st year of the ball, during which guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment, from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Purchase tickets for the event, or make a donation to the Children's Diabetes Foundation, at www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/carousel-ball-payment/.

The High Hopes Tribute Award will be presented to Denver philanthropists Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, who, along with Team Thunder, are celebrating 25 years of providing and managing Thunder as the Denver Broncos mascot.

Ernie Blake is a former Breckenridge council member and mayor. He has served on numerous public and charitable committees and boards at various levels, including nationally as a trustee at the U.S. Naval Academy and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Foundation Board. Sharon Magness Blake co-founded Western Fantasy with her friend Jean Galloway to benefit Volunteers of America. She also co-founded Men For the Cure with Ed Greene and started Save the Males. She has served on a number of charitable boards, and now serves on board for the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, the National Western Stock Show, and Volunteers of America. Honored with the Mizel Community Enrichment Award in 2011, Sharon has chaired multiple events over the years and is most proud of her role in raising money to replace the library for Columbine.

The Denver-based Children's Diabetes Foundation was established in 1977 by Barbara and Marvin Davis after their daughter, Dana, developed diabetes at the age of 7. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support of research in diabetes, and to providing the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. Thousands of patients with type 1 diabetes, children and adults alike, receive care at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Thanks to the generous funding provided to the center, all patients are welcome, regardless of financial status.

The Barbara Davis Center continues to do cutting-edge research with technology and stem cells for a cure. In 2016, Dr. Lori Sussel joined as the director of research to investigate the possibility of turning stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, which are the root cause of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. This, along with studies for the artificial/bionic pancreas, will help children and adults with the disease achieve better blood results to avoid the complications of kidney disease, stroke, blindness, amputation and heart disease.

Learn more about the event and the foundation at www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org/

George Lopez is on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. He also stars in his new comedy series “Lopez” on TV Land.

Kravitz has won four consecutive Grammy Awards, setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category.

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