The Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA held its third annual Kaleidoscope Ball on May 2, 2015, at 3 LABS in Culver City, California. Event chairs Beth Friedman, Amanda Brown Chang, Chloë Sommer, Marcelle Frey and Tim Campbell welcomed more than 750 guests to the sold-out event, which raised more than $2 million for pediatric research. The evening began with a cocktail reception and art show, followed by dinner, an awards ceremony and musical entertainment.
“The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute is all about research, and research is what makes our institution great,” said Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, as he welcomed guests. “The institute’s research areas are cross-disciplinary, which in the academic world is groundbreaking.”
Actress Goldie Hawn hosted the event and presented actress Halle Berry with the hospital’s Kaleidoscope Award, which was established to recognize members of the arts-and-entertainment community whose professional achievements and humanitarian efforts improve children’s lives. “I know, as a mother of two, how important children are,” Berry said upon receiving her award. “And they are the most important, the most vulnerable, the most valuable assets that we have on our planet.”
Kelvin Davis, senior partner at TPG Capital, received the Philanthropic Leadership Award, and actress Halston Sage accepted the Young Luminary Award. Four-year-old Charlie Croxall, who was a patient at UCLA, was presented with the Extraordinary Children’s Award by actor Chris O’Donnell.
Actress Poppy Montgomery helped host the evening, and guests enjoyed a performance by Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc and music from DJ Michelle Pesce.
In celebration of the evening’s theme, “Los Angeles: An Art-Full City,” world-renowned street artists came together and organized a selection of art pieces that were auctioned. Award-winning street artist Mr. Brainwash collaborated on a piece with Kaleidoscope Ball presenting sponsor Harry Winston that paid tribute to Winston as “Jeweler to the Stars.”
“The funding raised at the Kaleidoscope Ball will be used to support critical research that benefits children like Charlie Croxall around the world,” said Dr. Sherin Devaskar, Mattel Executive Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, physician-in-chief of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and executive director of the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. “We are very grateful to our co-chairs, sponsors and supporters who made this evening an incredible success.”
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