Newswise — Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA celebrated the second annual Kaleidoscope Ball “Designing the Sweet Side of L.A.” at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 10.
Hosted by Maria Menounos, the star-studded event honored Emmy award-nominated Julianne Hough and Emmy award-winning Derek Hough with the Kaleidoscope Award given to members of the entertainment industry who bring light and laughter into the lives of children through their professional achievements and personal humanitarianism.
Additional honorees at this year’s event included Maureen and Bryan Stockton who received the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to civic philanthropy, and 9-year-old Grace Suomi—a former patient of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA – who received the Innovator Award.
The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner and a special musical performance by Grammy award-winning artists Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
During the evening, Harry Winston, Inc., announced a $1-million pledge to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute to establish the Harry Winston Fellowships. As the first corporate sponsor of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s innovative pediatric fellowships, Harry Winston, Inc., will support the work of young pediatric physician-scientists who are conducting research to prevent, treat, and cure disease and illness in children. Fellows are medical doctors who undertake additional study to specialize in a particular area of medicine. Three outstanding fellows, Dr. Mark Hanudel, Dr. Kevin Quinn and Dr. Caroline Kuo, whose appointment as the 2014 Harry Winston Fellows is underway, were recognized from the stage.
Presenting sponsors for the Kaleidoscope Ball included Mattel, Inc., Harry Winston, Inc., and Toys”R” Us. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.
The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute, founded to save lives and advance children’s healthcare around the globe, will drive multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty and ensure a healthy future for children through transformative research. Ranking among the world’s elite, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care for children in a compassionate atmosphere, as well as conducting research that improves the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases and training the next generation of leaders in pediatrics. For additional information please visit www.uclahealth.org/mattel.