Reba McEntire to Perform at The Carousel Ball

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Annual Ball Raises Funds for Patient Support and Research for Type 1 Diabetes

DENVER — Country legend, Reba McEntire, will be the featured performer of The Carousel Ball in Denver on October 19, 2019. The multi-media entertainment mogul has built a successful career that spans music, television, film, theater, and retail, and she is now lending her voice to raise funds for patient support, awareness, and research of type 1 diabetes. She joins honorees Lisa and Tom Corley, who will be presented with the High Hopes Tribute Award, and Richard Abrams, M.D., who will receive the Founders Award.

Proceeds from The 33rd Annual Carousel Ball benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. The evening will be dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts more than 30 million people in the United States alone, is on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime.

Reba McEntire, Country Music Hall of Fame member, has won 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, six CMA Awards, three GRAMMY® Awards, and a GMA Dove Award. The Grand Ole Opry member has also received the Andrea Bocelli Foundation Humanitarian Award, the Music Biz Chairman’s Award, and the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress, in addition to other philanthropic and leadership honors.

“We are so thrilled to have Reba as our performer at this year’s Carousel Ball. She is so talented and has a truly generous spirit,” said Dana Davis, Executive Director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. “She puts on an unbelievable show, and this will be a performance Denver will never forget.”

The Carousel Ball will present Lisa and Tom Corley with the High Hopes Tribute Award and Richard Abrams, M.D. with the Founders Award.

Richard Abrams, M.D. will be presented with the Founders Award in honor of his instrumental role in advancing diabetes care. Dr. Abrams has practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years at Rose Medical Center, where he founded Colorado Preventive Medicine in 2006. He played a major role in demonstrating that women with type 1 diabetes could become pregnant and safely deliver healthy babies.

Tom and Lisa Corley, both Colorado natives, will be presented with the High Hopes Tribute Award in honor of their 20 years of service and support of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and for their unwavering support of the Colorado community.

The annual Carousel Ball events have raised more than $110 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, which are fighting every day to improve patient lives by providing the best possible patient care, hosting support groups, educating the public, and doing research to prevent diabetes, reduce its complications, and eventually find a cure.

When the organizations were created more than 40 years ago, blood testing didn’t exist, synthetic insulins were unheard of, and syringes had to be boiled in water before injecting large needles. Today, artificial pancreases, continuous glucose monitors, and the choice between insulin pumps or injections are among many medications and therapies that help those with diabetes manage the disease. The Barbara Davis Center is a major contributor to these advancements, continually working on cutting-edge technology and medications.

This year marks the 33rd annual Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and an intimate musical performance. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness, and ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Previous Carousel Ball performers and honorees include Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Neil Diamond, Paige and John Elway, Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Katherine McPhee, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and many more.

The 2019 Carousel Ball is generously sponsored by Dexcom, and the official media sponsor is 5280 Magazine. For the latest news and information regarding the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and The Carousel Ball, follow on social media and join the conversation using #CarouselBall. Tickets and sponsorships are available at

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About the Children’s Diabetes Foundation

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, located in Denver, was established in 1977 by Barbara and Marvin Davis after their daughter, Dana, developed diabetes at the age of seven. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the support of research in diabetes and to providing the best possible clinical and educational programs for people with the disease. The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and its world-renowned research programs, where thousands of patients with type 1 diabetes, children and adults alike, receive the finest diabetes care available. Thanks to the generous funding provided to the Center, all patients are welcome, regardless of their financial status.

Event Date
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Event time
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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