Scottie Iverson, The Villager’s fashion and lifestyle editor
Mercedes-Benz USA was the presenting sponsor for the Carousel Ball. The always opulent evening benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.
Rocker Lenny Kravitz performed, drawing the audience to stand near the stage. Comedian George Lopez was emcee, until popular weatherman Ed Greene of CBS4 took over, recalling early stories of their meeting and the giving and organizational skills of Sharon Magness Blake.
Auctioneer/attorney Doug Tisdale, who wears numerous hats, garnered plenty for the coffers, including generous pledges, beginning with $250,000 immediately from Liberty Media’s CEO Greg Maffei.
Touching moments included a video saluting the generosity and community contributions of High Hopes Tribute Award recipients Ernie Blake and Sharon Magness Blake. Honorary Chair Barbara Davis, John and Anna Sie, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Joe Ellis and even Garth Brooks extolled numerous tributes to this remarkable couple.
“They are really the spirit of America,” said Barbara Davis.
Her daughter, Executive Director of Children’s Diabetes Foundation and 2017 Carousel Ball Chair Dana Davis said, “Ernie Blake and Sharon Magness Blake are two of Colorado’s angels.”
The Founder’s Award was presented to the widow of Dr. Jules Amer, who diagnosed Dana with Type 1 diabetes at age 7 and was described as embodying the heart of the Barbara Davis Center and Children’s Diabetes Foundation. The Guild of Children’s Diabetes Foundation boasts more than 300 member volunteers. Swag bags were Hollywood-type weighty with dozens of donors.
Emcee George Lopez and 2017 Carousel Ball Chair Dana Davis, Ernie Blake and Sharon Magness Blake and CDF hosts
Rock-star entertainer Lenny Kravitz pauses to spend time with the children, including 7-year-old Keaton Isakson, who gave the prayer before dinner.Photo by www.jensensutta.com
Marilyn Amer and her family accepted the Founder’s Award for her late husband Jules Amer, M.D., who passed away in May at age 93. Dr. Amer was the Davis family pediatrician and developed the concept for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.
Warren and Helen Hanks with Faye and Dr. Reginald Washington and Arlene Johnson.
Representing Silver Sponsor Dexcom, Kevin and Mimi Sayer with Colorado first lady Robin Pringle Hickenlooper and Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Ernie and Sharon Magness Blake were feted with the 2017 High Hopes Tribute Award.
Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton and wife Jenna, one of the honorary co-chair couples, with Sharon Maffei and Liberty Media’s CEO Greg Maffei. Photo by www.jensensutta.com
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