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Through the Looking Glass Brightly

Kaleidoscope Ball Generates Support for Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.


Photography by Vince Bucci

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA celebrated its second-annual Kaleidoscope Ball, with this year’s theme “Designing the Sweet Side of L.A.,” at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 10, 2014. Benefiting the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI), the gala raised more than $2.5 million.

Co-Chaired by hospital board members Amanda Brown and Beth Friedman, the event honored Maureen and Bryan Stockton (chairman and CEO of Mattel, Inc.) with the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to civic philanthropy and 9-year-old Grace Suomi — a former patient — who received the Innovator Award. Professional dancers and siblings Julianne and Derek Hough received the Kaleidoscope Award, given to members of the entertainment industry who bring light and laughter to children through their professional achievements and personal humanitarianism.

Highlights of the night included a cocktail reception that featured 12 extraordinary cakes designed by top Southern California pastry chefs and a special musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artists Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Actress Maria Menounos served as the evening’s host. Mattel, Inc., Harry Winston, Inc. and Toys “R” Us were presenting sponsors.

The CDI, led by Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar, executive chair of the UCLA Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, has a mission to save lives and advance children’s healthcare around the globe through transformative research.

To learn more about the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, go to: uclahealth.org/cdii

For more information about Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, go to: uclahealth.org/mattel


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