The Carousel of Hope, the world’s premiere charity event benefiting childhood diabetes, hosted biennially by Barbara Davis, and presented by Mercedes Benz, has announced that Rock and Pop icon Neil Diamond will perform at the 26th gala taking place on Sat., Oct. 20, in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the Beverly Hilton.

Neil Diamond will join previously announced artist, R&B sensation Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, as the evenings performers under the direction of the event’s Musical Director, David Foster. Past awardees Quincy Jones and Clive Davis will act as Music Chairmen.

The legendary, star-studded gala benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the country’s leading care and research center for type 1 diabetes. Jay Leno will encore as Master of Ceremonies at the event which will honor Oscar-winning actor, producer, director and philanthropist George Clooney with the “The Brass Ring Award” for his outstanding artistic achievements and unprecedented humanitarian undertakings.

For the fifth consecutive time, Mercedes-Benz will be the presenting sponsor and a highlight of the evening will be the auctioning of a Mercedes-Benz. Other major sponsors include Guess? Inc., American Airlines, Estee Lauder, Moët Hennessy USA and The Beverly Hilton.

Since its founding 35 years ago by Marvin and Barbara Davis, The Carousel of Hope has raised over $75 million on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colo. Over 6,000 children and adults with type 1 diabetes from around the globe visit regularly for specialized care. The Center also cares for children with type 2 diabetes. Both forms of the disease are increasing at an epidemic rate.

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