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An event benefiting childhood diabetes

Wednesday 16 October 2002 @ 23:50 - GMT

Elton was among guests who attended The Carousel of Hope ball, a gala to raise funds for children's diabetes research and care, yesterday night in Beverly Hill October 15, 2002.

Many stars like Barbara Streisand - along with Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones and Arnold Schwarzenegger had designed and painted their own ceramic plates to be auctioned off at the event.

Elton arriving with Elisabeth HurleyThe celebrity roster for Tuesday night's black-tie Carousel of Hope Ball seemed more like the Oscars than a charity event, with Academy Award nominees Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson joining statue holders Tom Hanks and Halle Berry all in the name of raising money to fight children's diabetes.

Highlights of the evening included Monster's Ball star Halle presenting Oscar winner Sidney Poitier with the Brass Ring Award, and performances by BB King, Sting and Elton John. Rod Stewart was also on hand to represent the world of rock'n'roll.

This year's event, presented by US chat show host Jay Leno, also brought in famous supporters from the world of TV, such as Frasier star Kelsey Grammar as well as Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox Arquette of Friends. Other stars at the biennial gala included John Travolta, Liz Hurley and Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon.

All of the proceeds from the bash (over $60 million has been raised since the first ball in 1978) go to benefit the Barbara Davis Center For Childhood Diabetes.

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