Live concert with David Foster, Steven Tyler and more artists [Video]

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Rogers Arena was packed with stars Saturday night when the David Foster Foundation hosted its 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & live Concert.

Over the past three decades, Foster, a Victoria and Grammy native music producer, used the annual gala to raise funds to support non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 families whose children are undergoing pediatric organ transplants, covering costs such as food , rental payments and flights.

The live concert has attracted entertainers, athletes and philanthropists from all over North America, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Goldie Hawn, Dr. Phil McGraw and Jay Leno.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s performance, which she said would include her hit “Call Me Maybe,” comes just months before she heads on tour with pop star Katy Perry. “I’m very proud to be supporting such an incredible event and on top of that I’m in my home town so all my family and friends are here as well,” she said.

Jepsen admitted she was also star-struck by the gala’s impressive lineup. “I’m just going to spend all night hunting for Oprah,” she said.

Source: Canadian Press

Foundation CEO Michael Ravenhill said the gala was a celebration of 30 years of passion and volunteer engagement, board members, and all those who contributed along the way.

He recognized how some great names helped to grow the event. “Raising money is not easy and creating awareness is not easy, so with David, we’re pretty blessed because was a have a voice that can actually help,” he said.

Vancouver’s Canucks president, Trevor Linden, was delighted to have the Rogers Arena team’s ice event.

David Foster is a “local hero” for his work to support families in need

Linden called Foster a “local hero” for his work to support families in need time and spoke of the importance of becoming a donor of registered organs to save lives. “I don’t know if there’s any greater gift (than) the opportunity to donate an organ,” he said. “I think it’s something we should all think about and think about registering.”

Foster reflected on the achievements of the foundation ahead of the gala. “We’ve come a long way and we’re going to continue, as long as the need is there we’re going to do it,” he said.

He added that he’s bumped his goal to establish an endowment fund for the foundation from $30 million to $50 million by 2018 so that “hopefully long after I’m gone it’ll still be doing the work.”


David Foster joined by Oprah Winfrey for his David Foster Foundation charity gala

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David Foster Foundation 2017 event: 30th foundation gala

They do not call it Hollywood North for nothing.

The starred guest list for the 30th Anniversary Gala and Concerto Miracle by David Foster continues to grow with the celebrities Oprah, Steve Tyler of Aerosmith and actress Goldie Hawn have confirmed to visit Vancouver later this month.

The Foundation’s David Foster Foundation’s annual event raises funds to support families who often have to travel to other cities so that their children can experience rescue organ transplants. The foundation has helped more than 1,100 Canadian families cover non-medical expenses, such as traveling to cities where pediatric facilities are located, mortgages or rental payments, car payments, and more.

This year’s event will also have Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, Bo Derek, Carly Rae Jepsen of B.C. and The Tenors. Concert performers include Tyler, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and Laura Bretan.

Tickets for the event start at $ 49 and are available online at See the full list of celebrity guests below.

• Oprah Winfrey
• Steven Tyler
• Goldie Hawn
• Dr. Phil McGraw
• Jay Leno
• Bo Derek
• Carly Rae Jepsen
• The Tenors
• Matteo Bocelli
• Laura Bretan
• Terry David Mulligan
• Russ & Paris Courtnall
• Geoff Courtnall
• Michaela Pereira
• Jim Treliving
• Trevor Linden
• Andre Agassi
• Steffi Graf
• Melissa Peterman
• Rick Hansen
• Erin Foster
• Sara Foster
• Tommy Haas
• Ben Mulroney
• Brian and Mila Mulroney
• Ruben Studdard
• Pia Toscano
• Shelea Frazier
• Caroline Campbell
• William Joseph

Since it was founded in Victoria in 1986, David Foster has supported the non-medical expenses of over 1,100 Canadian families, such as food, mortgage or rent, and flights.

“For the past three decades, the David Foster Foundation has worked hard to raise the awareness of this cause and educate the public on the importance of becoming a registered organ donor,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation.


David Foster bringing big names to Vancouver for foundation’s charity concert

David Foster 2017 foundation gala concert

A star formation musician is coming for a concert to Vancouver in October for the thirtieth anniversary of the David Foster Foundation.

Concert tickets are already on sale for the event on October 21st.

On Monday, the foundation announced its first wave of confirmed presentations:  Steven Tyler, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and Laura Bretan. Other musicians will come, they said in a press release.

Tickets for the gala concert at Rogers Arena cost from $ 49 to $ 119, plus taxes.

“The portion of concerts on our 30th anniversary gala will be one of the biggest nights of Vancouver music, as David Foster is joined by Steven Tyler and a handful of remarkable entertainers,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of David Foster Foundation.

Over the past 30 years, the foundation said they spent millions to cover non-medical expenses for more than 1,000 Canadian families with children undergoing rescue organ transplants.

The foundation also promotes the registration of organ donors.

“Over 90% of Canadians support organ donor registration, but less than 25% of us are registered,” added Ravenhill. “When families face the most difficult times of their lives – when their baby is sick and needs a transplant – our role is to come alongside the family and take that financial weight so that they can concentrate on the whole their focus on the baby and do not have to worry about losing their home or wondering where they are to get the money to pay their bills.

Foster, originally from Victoria, was won 16 Grammys in his career. He founded his eponymous foundation in Victoria in 1986.

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert
Sat, 10/21 09:00 PM
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

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Video: Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban and Magic Johnson Help Battle Diabetes at Starstruck Night in Beverly Hills


By Mikey Glazer on October 12, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

The stars were out Saturday night for a good cause — the Carousel of Hope Ball – Barbara Davis’ juvenile diabetes fundraiser gala. And enough power players from the music industry filled the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom for the every-other-year bash, to launch any career.

Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, David Foster, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Rod Stewart were at the head table. Diane Warren and Nigel Lythgoe sat nearby.

As for the actual performances, Jennifer Hudson slayed the industry crowd with a cover of “Hallelujah” along with ”And I’m Telling You.” Her wouldn’t-want-to-follow-that performance came after Josh Groban’s three songs and a closing acoustic set from Babyface, all under the direction of Foster. Jay Leno hosted.

Formally, it is called the Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball, founded by Barbara and the late Marvin Davis, the one-time owner of both 20th Century Fox Studios and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

But none of the proceeds from that property windfall in the 1980s were returned to the embattled pink hotel on Sunset Boulevard.

Instead, the Beverly Hilton looked much like another Davis affair in the International Ballroom, Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy party.

Clive Davis (no relation to host Barbara Davis) was attached to the host’s side all night, from the happy hour inner circle cocktails in one of the smaller ballrooms that is best known as a press room on Golden Globes night.

Behind two additional layers of security in that Santa Monica ballroom, there was Alan Thicke blowing a kiss across the room, as Kathy Griffin approached Larry King to stir the pot and tell him that Suzanne Somers (next to her) was saying mean things about him.

“This is Jimmy Jam,” a handler said while introducing the producer, as the Collins sisters (Jackie and Joan) posed with Gordy. Everybody wanted a photo with Johnny Mathis.

Barry Manilow crossed paths with party-friendly former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in this inner sanctum of flashbulbs and wine.

Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer strolled nearby in the auction area, where bidding was active on signed James Taylor and Tommy Petty guitars, dinners at Craig’s and Nobu, and a starting $1,500 bid for two tickets to next year’s HBO Emmy party.

Diane Keaton‘s big black hat gave her away across the room, where Natalie Cole mixed with Raquel Welch and Carousel regular Vanna White.

Admittedly, this is not the crowd that will ever be after-partying at the Warwick or 1Oak. The social media presence was noticeably light.

However, the pockets are not light. This crowd delivers money – $75 million to date.

Paid tables filled the ballroom almost all the way to the doors, the closest I’ve seen to the Golden Globes’ “every inch full capacity” saturation.

Once the program started, Jay Leno showed some rust. He fumbled the front end of a joke about alleged child abusing football player “Andre” Peterson. His name is actually Adrian Peterson.

“No kid deserves to be beat like that … except Justin Bieber,” Leno quipped, his best laugh line of the night.

Over a din of people chomping shrimp salads, it was odd to see him so thoroughly ignored, and David Foster was not having it. Foster interrupted Leno’s monologue to come on stage and basically tell the crowd to shut up.

Leno would return the favor later while the crowd who may not have been that familiar with Groban talked over his first two songs. Leno tried a barter: “There’s this din (in the room),” Leno scolded. “It’s such a beautiful song. Talk when I’m on (stage).”

One duo commanded eyeballs naturally, even if it allowed this former Celtic fan to relive the agony of the “Showtime” Lakers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (a surprise appearance) passed off to Magic Johnson, the lone honoree of the night.

“The proceeds from tonight go to making sure that people can live a healthy life, a good life, and a long life,” Johnson told the crowd, speaking for six minutes without notes or a teleprompter.

“I understand that probably better than anybody in this room because for 23 years now I’ve been living with HIV, so what you can do for people is so important.”

Johnson also apologized for the Dodgers’ demise in the playoffs. “We are sorry for what happened last week and that we disappointed all of you like I disappointed myself,” the Dodgers co-owner said. “I will promise you this: We will be better next season. I want to tell (Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw), don’t worry about a thing. He’ll bounce back and lead us to a World Series.”

“We’ve sat shiva,” Shawn King told me of how she and rabid Dodgers husband Larry King acknowledge the loss.

King, who himself has type 2 diabetes, has been a surrogate leading up to the event appearing on “The Doctors” and talking about the cause.

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes is in Denver, and this event has drawn George Clooney, Halle Berry, and a last minute cancellation from then-sitting President Bill Clinton since they first threw this Carousel of Hope in 1977. The center treats 7,000 children and adults with diabetes.

Others on the credit roll Saturday night included producer George Schlatter, Guess, Patron, and American Airlines.

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Source: Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban and Magic Johnson Help Battle Diabetes at Starstruck Night in Beverly Hills Photos – TheWrap.