The circus came to town and left $2.9 million for the Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. The fourth annual Kaleidoscope Ball broke fundraising records and drew a celebrity-studded crowd to Culver City May 21, 2016.
Six hundred and fifty guests enjoyed a Cirque pour la Recherche (Circus for Research) themed event and, more important, supported pediatric research at UCLA.
Lori and Michael Milken received the hospital’s highest honor, the Philanthropic Leadership Award. In addition, 15-year-old Jake Schuster, a UCLA patient who has undergone 21 surgeries with remarkable success, received the Extraordinary Children’s Award. And actress and philanthropist Kate Hudson received the hospital’s Kaleidoscope Award for her work to support child health.
The House of Harry Winston sponsored the event, and its vice president of West Coast Retail, Michael Moser, and its Beverly Hills Salon were pleased to recognize the Harry Winston Fellows. The awards are given annually to three pediatric researchers who are improving the fundamental understanding of pediatric diseases and devising innovative approaches for treatment.
It Takes a Team
Devoted volunteers, led by co-chair Beth Friedman, committed many hours to the evening, which included a silent live auction and musical performances by Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Randy Jackson, and Shawn Hook.
“Many people work very hard to put on the Kaleidoscope Ball and make it a success for the hospital and the children it serves,” says Friedman. “It is a pleasure to help the doctors, nurses, and other caregivers — under the direction of Mattel’s physician-in-chief Sherin Devaskar — who devote their lives to caring for children and bring the most innovative pediatric research to UCLA.”
Published September 2016