VARIETY: Diana Ross Dazzles at Byron Allen’s Oscar Night Gala Fundraiser

Allen Media Group founder, chairman and CEO Byron Allen brought together Oscar night glitz and glamour for good with a little help from legendary singer Diana Ross Sunday night.

It was a supreme affair for the philanthropic media mogul whose annual gala returned for a fifth year to the Beverly Wilshire to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The host, standing beside his family, welcomed a bevy of luminaries to the lavish gathering, including Smokey Robinson, Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Ross, Garcelle Beauvais, Adam Carolla, Candy Spelling and Johnell Young to the event, which all started as a way for Allen to give back to the organization that rescued him as a child.

“My mother got pregnant with me when she was 16. And she had me 17 days after her 17th birthday.  When we moved here to Los Angeles, I was seven years old, and we really couldn’t afford much of anything,” he told Variety on the red carpet. “I slept on quite a few slow sofas when we got here. And unfortunately, one day I became very ill, and she took me to Children’s Hospital. They pretty much saved my life, and they certainly took me out of a bad situation. And they never charged my mother one penny. It’s something that I never forgot. And I’m just very happy and blessed. I’m in a position to help them and give back to a lot of children at that hospital who are in need and who are fighting for their life.”

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