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Kaleidoscopic Circus Celebration Raises Money for Children’s Research

 

 The circus came to town on May 21, 2016, and not just any circus. Cirque pour la Recherche ("Circus for Research") - complete with men on stilts, gymnasts on poles, ersatz elephants and giraffes - was the festive theme of the Fourth Annual Kaleidoscope Ball held at 3 LABS in Culver City, California, to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Supported by presenting sponsor Harry Winston and additional sponsor Mattel, Inc., the event honored philanthropists Lori and Michael Milken, actress Kate Hudson and former patient Jake Schuster. More than $2.9 million was raised, thanks in part to the hard work of event co-chairs Bari Milken Bernstein and Fred J. Bernstein, Beth Friedman, EJ and Gregory Milken and Hillary and Lance Milken, as well as the efforts of auctioneer Grant Snyder, with assistance from Michael Milken. The evening began with a cocktail reception and roving circus performers, followed by dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering; a live auction of trips and experiences and bids to support the hospital's greatest clinical research needs; an awards ceremony; and musical entertainment.

Lori and Michael Milken received the Philanthropic Leadership Award, presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block. Lori Milken, a founding member of the Advisory Board of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and Michael Milken have lavished their creativity, energy and generosity on healthcare, research, education and the arts. Recognized for the depth and breadth of their philanthropy and its lasting and profound impact on the community, they have helped advance the research process, championing faster and more interdisciplinary approaches to addressing diseases.

Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated actress, author, producer and entrepreneur Kate Hudson received the hospital's Kaleidoscope Award for her dedication to improving the lives of children and protecting their rights and well-being. This award recognizes members of the arts and entertainment community whose professional achievements and humanitarian efforts improve children's lives. "It's nice to be able to bring awareness to this, because this is incredible," Hudson said upon accepting the award from her friends Erin Foster and Sara Foster.

Fifteen-year-old Jake Schuster, a former Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA patient wfho, since birth, has endured 21 successful surgeries for a rare condition, was supported by his family and presented with the Extraordinary Children's Award by Los Angeles Kings hockey star Luc Robitaille and with a surprise WWE belt by former WWE star Eva Marie.

Guests enjoyed performances by singers Shawn Hook, Angelina Jordan, and Richie Sambora and Orianthi with Randy Jackson, as well as music spun by DJ Michelle Pesce and special guest DJ Ryan Cabrera.

"The funds raised at the Kaleidoscope Ball will be used to support crucial research programs that benefit children in our own backyard and around the world," said Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar, Mattel Executive Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, physician-in-chief of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, assistant vice chancellor of Children's Health and executive director of the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute. "We are more than grateful to our co-chairs, sponsors and supporters who made this evening an overwhelming success, the impact of which is creating a ripple effect."

For more information, contact Kat Lauer at: (310) 267-1831

 





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